Archive for 2009 November

Monbiot and biochar

Yesterday, I had the privilege of hearing George Monbiot speak live for the second time in my life.  It is a very rare privilege because two years ago, shortly after the last time I saw him, when he was on a tour promoting his then newly-published book Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning, he promised himself never to fly again.

He joked that he broke his promise for this trip because it was easier than putting off the pestering Canadians any longer.  But he was also clearly here because he was concerned about Canada’s position on climate change and the direction our government was taking both the country and the world.

I was very glad I went.  First of all, I was glad simply because it’s inspiring to listen to someone who is so informed, so eloquent and so principled and inspiring.  But I was also glad because there’s just so much more that can be said in person than could ever fit into a printed article.  It’s relatively easy to make guarded and thoughtful statements when you can erase what you don’t like.  To my delight, Monbiot in person presents as even more compassionate and sensible than he does on paper.

To me the most interesting point of the event occurred during the questions that followed, when one person asked about Mr. Monbiot’s opposition to biochar.     Read more »

Check your sources

Naysayers got your head spinning?  Get your climate info from trustworthy sources.  I recommend the following:

Buy Nothing Day

Once a year, at Christmas, it’s nice to settle down to watch Charlie Brown’s special.  So, perhaps for International Buy Nothing Day, you would enjoy The Story of Stuff:

Who is killing Copenhagen?

The international climate change treaty summit is less than a month away in Copenhagen.  This week in Toronto, leading experts on the science, policy and politics of global warming will lead a forum on the role Canada is (and isn’t) playing internationally.

Countdown to Copenhagen:
Who in Canada is Killing the International Climate Treaty?
Saturday, 2009 November 28, 2 pm – 4 pm
MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
University of Toronto, 1 King’s College Circle

Suggested donation of $10-$25 or PWYC.
Limited seating; arrive early. Media welcome.     Read more »

Chris Tindal introduces Glen Murray

Glen Murray is seriously considering campaigning for Mayor of Toronto, and I’d love for you to have the opportunity to meet him and ask him questions in this casual setting.  This is a great way to get a sense of the issues and ideas that will define what is sure to be a hard-fought and important election campaign.

In short, I think it really matters that we elect the right mayor, and I’m excited about what Glen’s candidacy could bring.

If you’ve been to The Ben Wicks before, you’ll know it to be a great atmosphere to enjoy a pint and talk some politics.

Of course, all are welcome to come hang out.  See you there!

Chris Tindal

Come meet Glen Murray
Wednesday, 2009 November 25, 7 pm – 9 pm
The Ben Wicks Pub, 424 Parliament St

Glen could be our next mayor.  Come meet him and ask him your questions.     Read more »