Citizen Action Monitor

On the Road to Extinction

Maybe it’s not all about us. No 2056 Posted by fw, September 18, 2017 This article is reposted with author Elizabeth West’s permission and under her original title and subtitle. … Continue reading

September 18, 2017

The demand for perpetual economic growth, and the madness it provokes, leads to environmental collapse

Environmental destruction is not a by-product of endless consumption – it’s a necessary element. No 2055 Posted by fw, September 17, 2017 “Environmental collapse does not progress by neat increments. … Continue reading

September 17, 2017

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions should take precedence over economic growth,” says David Suzuki

Despite adoption of energy-efficient, low carbon sources, economic growth will likely cancel out these advances. No 2052 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “The Pan-Canadian Framework marks the first time Canada’s first … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

Solar and wind could scale up to 100% without collapse of global economy or wrecking climate system

The key to energy transition – take large fraction of today’s investments in fossil fuels and invest in solar energy. No 2049 Posted by fw, September 12, 2017 “ … … Continue reading

September 12, 2017

Climate-driven severe weather catastrophes happening worldwide – Are you worried yet?

In Ontario, local governments are bearing brunt of financial burden from severe weather events. No 2044 Posted by fw, September 5, 2017 “Houston, we have a problem, and so do … Continue reading

September 5, 2017

Who to blame for a drowned Houston and a drenched Windsor?

There’s more than enough blame to go around. — My letter to the editor of the Windsor Star. No 2043 Posted by fw, August 30, 2017 Today I sent a … Continue reading

August 30, 2017

We are not wired to plan for the future; we are wired to exploit what we have, says Ugo Bardi

What then should we do? Adopt a stoic viewpoint? — Make the best of what’s in our power and take the rest as it comes? No 2023 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

August 3, 2017

We appear to be committed to collapse, because we’re already in it – Paul Kingsnorth, Dark Mountain

At the moment we’re in this momentum which we are powerless to stop — and we don’t know how.” No 2017 Posted by fw, July 27, 2017 “And I was … Continue reading

July 27, 2017

Group of 28 academics ask PM Trudeau if he understands the climate crisis. No reply after 9 weeks.

Their written concerns are framed in the context of Trudeau’s misinformed public statements. No 2016 Posted by fw, July 26, 2017 “We are now facing the profound consequences of overexpansion … Continue reading

July 26, 2017

“There is no sign of a turning point in our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Canadian expert

And despite growth of renewables, fossil fuel share of global energy supply has barely budged in the last quarter-century. No 2012 Posted by fw, July 21, 2017 ***** “We will … Continue reading

July 21, 2017

Prof Bill Rees is back, advocating planned de-growth toward a quasi steady state economy

“Perversely, the world community prescribes still greater material growth as the only feasible solution!” No 2009 Posted by fw, July 17, 2017 “Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

“We have to design our economies to live within ecological limits and resource constraints” – Tim Jackson

“Start with the idea of what prosperity is and then ask questions about what kind of economy you need to get there.” No 2007 Posted by fw, July 15, 2017 … Continue reading

July 15, 2017

Sixty years of environmental action and humanity remains in ecological overshoot

It’s time to accept that tinkering around the edges of consumer capitalism is utterly inadequate. No 2005 Posted by fw, July 11, 2017 “According to the most recent data from the Global … Continue reading

July 11, 2017

David Suzuki faults politicians and political system for failures of environmental movement

Holds out hope Blue Dot Movement will put “right to healthy environment” in charter of rights and freedoms No 2004 Posted by fw, July 10, 2017 “Politics, of course, is … Continue reading

July 10, 2017

Endless economic growth endangers our future

Celebrated ecological economist Tim Jackson talks about the need to envision a post-growth economy. No 1999 Posted by fw, July 5, 2017 “When the UK Sustainable Development Commission, on which I served, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017

Disappointed that Climate Lobby Canada applauds government’s clean tech report

Open letter to CCL notes absence of reasons to justify unqualified endorsement of report. No 1998 Posted by fw, July 4, 2017 Today I sent the following email to Cathy Orlando, … Continue reading

July 4, 2017

Sweden’s largest pension fund divests from TransCanada, claims it violates Paris Accord

Writing is on the wall for TransCanada (and Trudeau): “pipelines are a climate and financial disaster.” No 1992 Posted by fw, June 25, 2017 “Sweden’s largest pension fund, AP7, announced last … Continue reading

June 25, 2017

$2.3 trillion in fossil fuel projects incompatible with global carbon reduction commitments

Blockbuster report ranks companies by their exposure relative to meeting 2.0˚C carbon budget. No 1990 Posted by fw, June 23, 2017 “…about a third of the projects fossils would expect to … Continue reading

June 23, 2017

The President and the Mayor – A tale of mutual denial about sea level rise

Desperation drives people to deny climate change in the hope that denial will pay off in the end. No 1989 Posted by fw, June 22, 2017 “Do you realize the lunacy … Continue reading

June 22, 2017