Time for New Energy Thinking

Written by Denise Deby.

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Canadians have a “tremendous opportunity” right now to change the way we think about and invest in our country’s energy future—that’s the perspective offered by David Suzuki in a recent Vancouver Sun op-ed.

That view resonates with me. Rather than continuing to support tar sands and other unsustainable energy sources, or debating pipelines versus rail oil transport, we need to be working towards renewable energy systems.

David Suzuki’s op-ed includes some examples of “solutions-oriented thinking” about alternative energy, such as the energy transition underway in Germany and Tesla’s announcement about making its patents publicly available.

Other groups are calling for an end to unsustainable energy production and a switch to better options:

Ecology Ottawa and the Council of Canadians are among the organizations that are speaking out about the proposed TransCanada oil pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick (through Ottawa). By facilitating tar sands expansion, the Energy East project would exacerbate environmental degradation and climate change. Ecology Ottawa is hosting a meeting about the pipeline  and what can be done on Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kitchissippi United Church (630 Island Park Dr.).  Ecology Ottawa’s website has further information on the proposed pipeline, why it’s an issue and what people can do to help.

A group of cyclists have set off on what they’re calling The Energy East Resistance Ride. They’re biking from Sydney, NS to Ottawa to collect and share stories of people’s resilience along the proposed Energy East pipeline route, and to express their rejection of the pipeline project. Watch for their arrival in Ottawa in late July/early August.

Another initiative, Our Horizon, is proposing that warning labels be put on gas pump nozzles to raise awareness about the real costs of producing and using fossil fuels. Their #facethechange campaign is a step towards redirecting thinking towards more sustainable alternatives.

Also across Canada, universities and other institutions are considering divesting from fossil fuel companies.

There’s a long road ahead towards sustainable energy, but change is in the wind.

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