Dec. 15, 2010
Part Three” (4 min)
The 192 nations meeting in Copenhagen are
searching for common ground. This week on Made-in-Alberta, Barb talks to
former Red Deer MP, and current environmental diplomat, Bob Mills. He
explains the damage climate change is already doing to planet Earth and
the need for global leadership from the world’s top economies.
activist-eye view of the events unfolding in Copenhagen, with live
streaming video from Democracy Now!
Barb’s Field Notes: Our collective destiny.
in June 2000, I was asked to do activist video coverage of an event in
Calgary called “Widening Peoples’ Choices”, a progressive and peaceful
peoples’ summit coinciding with the World Petroleum Congress. At the
summit, I heard a speaker discussing de-regulation and free trade,
accurately predicting the double-whammy spike of both electricity and
natural gas prices that shook Alberta like an economic earthquake later
that year. I heard a First Nation speaker telling how they suffer all
the ill-effects of oil and gas activities and none of the economic
benefits. At the “family march”, I interviewed oil industry workers
with their babies on their backs, senior citizens and university grads,
all asking Albertans to evolve by design from fossil fuel specialists to
renewable energy specialists. At the petroleum conference site, I saw
the largest peacetime militarization in Alberta’s history; thousands of
police on an incomprehensible mission to protect foreign invaders from
local citizens. I heard of young people detained and homeless people
rounded up for simply being near the fenced-off area. And, I saw the
Calgary news media reciting engineered falsehoods, arbitrarily calling
some demonstrators “terrorists” and the others their naïve victims.
I returned home and was buzzing for three days, a mix of emotions
churning within me, my worldview as shaken as the day Canada went into
an unprovoked war, and I became an activist. What finally settled was a
certainty that this composite issue of energy, economy and environment
was going to be, shall we say, BIG! By 2001, scientists were saying the
global ecosystem is headed for a crash that humans are causing, but may
not survive. The mainstream media obviously could not handle this. We
needed a humanistic, regional, independent media service devoted to this
imperative for change 24/7/365. This is the seeds of the Made-in-Alberta
project, and in nine years I have left not one opportunity untapped to
bring it to you.
In January 2010, we cross a threshold. In the new shows, you will notice
that I no longer speak about what is coming, but rather in present tense
about this transitional era. The ship has left the dock with all of us
on board, sailing into an unknown – and as yet undetermined – future.
Who will navigate? Who will steer? These questions must be answered by
each and every one of us – every morning when we wake up for the next
twenty years. Whatever solution the world leaders come up with this week
must be supplemented by initiatives at the personal, household, office,
neighbourhood, civic, and if possible, provincial level. We must steer
with courage, love, humility, good humour and intelligence. Half
measures will see us washed up on hostile shores.
If you trust the intuition that has guided me all these years, then I
ask for your continued support as this activist media project transforms
into a viable new energy media enterprise. Made-in-Alberta is ready to
come of age and fulfill its role in this transition. We will be
personally contacting as many of you as we can early in 2010 with more
For now, happy and peaceful holidays from everyone at RBCC and
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