For this week’s TED Talk Tuesday, former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis spoke at TEDx Jacksonville earlier this year about energy and climate. Mr. Inglis is now the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and is a champion of carbon fee and dividend.
The purposes of Citizens Climate Lobby are to create the political will for a stable climate & to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.
From June 22 – 25th, 370 citizen lobbyists from both the U.S. and Canada descended on Washington to learn more about the science of climate change and pricing carbon pollution. The National Conference culminated in lobbying Congress to take action on climate change by putting a straightforward price on carbon, and returning the monies collected to citizens in the form of a rebate. My husband, a family doctor, and I were fortunate to be able to participate in this empowering experience. I would recommend this as a treatment for anyone suffering from climate trauma, and you don’t have to wait until next June; if you come to Ottawa in November you can participate in Canada’s first national CCL conference!
Here’s a great video that shows what CCL is all about:
I am away from my computer for two weeks, as my husband and I explore more of one of our favourite places in Canada, Newfoundland (AKA “The Rock”). While I’m away 350orbust will be featuring guest writers and some of my favourite columns revisited, as well as some random stuff that I think is important or makes me happy and I want to share.
Today’s guest blogger is Sharon Howarth. Sharon is the mother of two daughters in their mid-twenties who lives in Toronto, Canada. She, like me, is a volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby Canada. I invited Sharon to write about her recent trip west, after hearing via the CCL grapevine that she had done the entire trip by bus, and had adventures on the way, as only a climate activist on a mission in oil country can!
At the beginning of August this year, I was on my way home from B.C. The trip was a combination of visiting my daughter and working on my issue, which is the solution to Climate Change. Hearings on the Northern Gateway Pipeline took place in Prince George on July 9th and 10th which I attended and will write on that a little later.
I traveled by bus from Toronto, which took 3 full days, as I could not in good conscience take an airplane with the huge individual carbon footprint. On my return journey, the bus made a 4 hour stop in Calgary. Being in ‘oil town’ was an opportunity I could not allow to slip through my fingers.
A security guard pointed me in the direction of the city centre. I was told about and found the very busy pedestrian street which held the ‘Home Oil’ tower on one side of the street and the ‘Bank Hall’ tower on the other. Needless to say, the suits were crossing from one tower to the next and I was in the mood for sharing important information and having fun.
I stood in the middle of this suit traffic and, as someone was coming towards me, I looked at them and said, “Stop Climate Change with Carbon Fee and Dividend”. I then pulled out the flyer, which I was holding at my side, and handed it in their direction.
People are so, well, good. I’m sure most were thinking, “This poor woman needs directions”, God bless them. Although a large number did not accept the handout, they all heard what I had to say, and that has tremendous value. And yet, ALL the 120 handouts I had were taken and in very short order. I found I could have used a whole lot more but, unfortunately, I did not have the memory stick with me which held the template of the flyer. Still, what a hoot.
And some say that people are not concerned about climate change !!