Dec. 01, 2010
Talks Part Two” (4 min)
Does reducing greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have other
benefits besides stopping global warming? It’s possible, if we use the
opportunity to move towards an efficient society, powered on renewable
and sustainable energy production.
Copenhagen: Candlelight Climate Vigil, December 12, 5:30 to 6:30 PM,
real deal in Copenhagen? So does most of the world. So here's the plan:
in the middle of the negotiations, candlelight vigils in every corner
of the planet to put real human faces on the need for a real climate
deal. Sometimes making history means just showing up. To see how many
events are planned world wide, visit:
“Solar Electricity – From Dreamer’s Paradise to Everyday Use”,
Wed. Dec. 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
Gordon Howell has been crunching the new numbers
on solar electricity and has come to some astounding conclusions. Solar
PV is rapidly heading towards being cheaper than fossil-fuelled grid
electricity for homeowners in Alberta. Get the hottest stock tip of the
year at this month’s Solar Alberta Seminar, Grant MacEwan University, CN
Theatre 5-142 (in the 105 Street Building.) Come at 6:30 for snacks and
a solar schmooze. For more info,
Barb’s Field Notes: City Council, thanks for getting the door.
Edmonton City Council has opened new conceptual doors, followed the lead
of three growing grassroots movements, and created new pathways for
sustainable growth. As Lethbridge, Leduc and others have done, they will
be writing to the Alberta government asking for a provincial renewable
energy task force. If the province goes for it, this expert panel would
determine how many Albertans support public investment into renewable
energy (around 78 percent of us) and create an inventory of our (vast)
renewable energy resources.
Here at home, we are now investigating the nuts and bolts of bringing
renewable energy into Edmonton’s mainstream. For the first time, we have
dedicated funding for the ongoing work of building Edmonton’s bicycle
transportation infrastructure. And, as an unexpected Christmas bonus,
we are going to set aside some farmland so it can’t be turned into
suburbs. More on all this to come in 2010...
I celebrate the inherent sanity I see with these City Council decisions
and thank them and the City staff for their hard work.
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