Yearly Archives: 2009


Why carbon offsetting will not save the planet

Dr. Steffen Böhm and Siddhartha Dabhi’s new book, “Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets”, challenges claims about carbon markets and carbon offsetting schemes. The authors argue that these schemes haven’t significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and have actually worsened the problem. Download the book here .


Tar Sands and a Tough Business Lobby Pull Ottawa Far from Copenhagen

Stephen Harper consistently maintains that climate change action cannot, and will not, stand in the way of Canada’s economic growth. Harper’s continued ignorance in climate change negotiations reminds us that his position is deeply influenced in the conservative, profit-driven mindset of oil and gas industries in Alberta. Read the full story at The Center for Public Integrity .


Municipal Climate Declarations for Copenhagen

The Centre for Civic Governance is pleased to provide this list of municipalites who’ve passed resolutions declaring their support for strong commitments to climate actions at Copenhagen this December.  Please check back frequently to see who’s been added and do let us know if your municipality is preparing a similar resolution.   Municipal Climate Change READ MORE


European and US Cities Sign Stockholm Appeal Urging World Cooperation at COP15

Mayors of the largest European and American cities co-authored a mutual appeal to show their desire for the U.N.’s COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen to result in a global climate change agreement. The appeal, called the "Stockholm Appeal on Climate Change", recognizes that mayoral leadership in a primary impetus in climate protection. Read the full READ MORE


Where countries stand on Copenhagen

The Copenhagen conference is intended to develop a new international framework for combating greenhouse gas emissions. The final round of preparatory discussions in Barcelona revealed opposing ideas from the conference participants, particularly between those representing developed and developing nations. Read this table from BBC News to compare countries.   Read a summary of the "meaningful agreement" met by key READ MORE


Climate Rage

The U.N. summit on climate change in Copenhagen will include discussions of "climate debt", a controversial proposal which argues that the costs of climate change should be the responsibility of the countries that created the crisis in the first place. The U.S. and other developed nations are reluctant to acknowledge the climate debt proposal. Read READ MORE


Green Jobs: Making Green Jobs Happen

Forum Keynote: Robert Pollin Robert Pollin is the founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and one of the leading researchers on green jobs in North America. He co-authored the reports “Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” (June 2008) and “Green Recovery” (September 2008) which explore the READ MORE


Newly released Canadian Society Report Card

“How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada compares quality of life in Canada with peer countries, and publishes comparisons in a report card that measures the following categories: Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Society. In the most recent report, Canada received one “B”, 2 “C”s and 9 “D”s. Countries with the READ MORE


Gibsons Named World’s Most Liveable Community

The Sunshine Coast town of Gibsons has earned an award for livability from the International Awards for Livable Communities. The award recognizes Gibsons’ sustainable development practices and a unique geo-exchange district energy system, which will use below-ground thermal energy to supply heat to residential and commercial buildings. Read the full story on Canada.com .


Communities by Nature: Growing Democracies from the Ground Up

The Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute presents Inspire, Inform: Half-day forum held on Tuesday, November 3 Featuring Keynote speaker Jeb brugmann Forum included sessions on smart growth, children’s nature deficit,  talking sustainability with constituents, and more. Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts — 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary Keynote speaKer Jeb Brugmann is READ MORE


Halt For-Profit Clinics: UBCM Resolution

Delegates to the upcoming annual meeting of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) will discuss a resolution to declare a moratorium on any further development of for-profit medical service clinics in BC. Vancouver is in the midst of a healthcare crisis, with large homeless and low-income populations. UBCM members and medical professionals argue that READ MORE


New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks

As of Sept.1, the European Union stopped manufacturing and importing incandescent lightbulbs and will turn to more energy-efficient bulbs. This move precedes the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen in December, which will significantly impact the success or failure of producing a binding global plan of action for the climate change crisis. Meanwhile in the READ MORE


Top UN climate scientist backs ambitious CO2 cuts

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) personally endorses ambitious goals to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations to below 350 parts per million (ppm). The IPCC originally reported in 2007 that woldwide CO2 concentrations must be kept below 450 ppm to prevent critical global temperature rise, however a growing body of READ MORE


Collaborating on Carbon Commitments – a Training Ground for Gaining Ground

Community Energy Association and Centre for Civic Governance present:  Collaborating on Carbon Commitments – October 19, 2009 –        A training ground for Gaining Ground For local elected officials and staff, school trustees and facilities managers as well as hospitals and health region representatives.  This all-day workshop focused on the tools that the public sector can use READ MORE


Housing Policies Could Help Prevent AIDS, Says Study

A recently published study in the Harm Reduction Journal finds that injection drug users rank security issues, such as housing and physical safety, above concerns about catching diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Activists suggest that housing is a key issue in preventing AIDS infection, and emphasize the need for secure, barrier-free housing for street-involved populations. Read READ MORE


Toolkit to help small and mid-sized communities plan sustainable transportation

The Fraser Basin Council’s Transportation Demand Management toolkit offers advice on how to expand sustainble transportation options and reduce vehicle use in small to mid-size communities. It includes 10 case studies that show how bicycle programs, intercommunity transit, carpooling, car-sharing and parking strategies are successfully implemented in communities in B.C. Find the full toolkit here READ MORE


“Buy American” bogeyman: Instead of fretting about US purchasing policies, we should focus on stimulating Canada’s economy

Blair Redlin of the Canadian Centre for Policy Altnernatives (CCPA) argues that the biggest threat to the Canadian economy and job market is apparently the U.S. government’s “Buy American” provisions. Stephen Harper is telling Canadians that in order to entice the U.S. to give up these provisions and maintain trade agreements, Canadian municipalies and provincial READ MORE


No mayor, no vote: UBC students criticize Translink structure

UBC students have criticized Translink’s failure to represent campus residents in transit planning processes. The UBC campus, which has a population of 11 000, is currently the second greatest transit destination in the region, and members of the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS) are asking for an elected member of the Mayor’s Council to represent READ MORE


Victoria, BC Latest Transition Town

Victoria is taking the Transition Initiative by working to address peak oil and climate change issues, in an effort to enhance community sustainability and resiliency. To date the Victoria Region Transition Initiative (VRTI) has participated in public forums, given presentations, provided film screenings, and completed a Strategic Plan. Get more information on the VRTI here READ MORE