Bullfrog Power Celebrates Ten Years

Bullfrog just celebrated ten years in Canada. That’s ten years of moving toward more renewable energy and less dependence on fossil fuels. What was once a fringe utility company now has a lot of mainstream support from homes and businesses.

I’ve been with Bullfrog since 2008 and together our family has helped to reduce our carbon footprint by almost 45 metric tons of carbon dioxide. In total, more than a million metric tons have been eliminated by everyone who uses Bullfrog. It’s a very convenient way to reduce emissions, and much simpler than investing in solar panels, wind turbines, or geoexchange. In short, by letting Bullfrog know how much electricity and natural gas you use, they will replace what you use with green sources of those same utilities. You can find out more about how Bullfrog Power works here.

Here’s a quick video of some of those companies that have made the switch.

Francis: The Climate Pope

“Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.”
Pope Francis

Last week Pope Francis visit the U.S. for the first time since he became the Bishop of Rome. During that time he gave a lot of attention to the issue of climate change, more than any other Pope has. It only took him three paragraphs in a speech last Wednesday before he delved into it. He referred to his own encyclical on the environment that he released earlier this year calling for global action on climate change. Many Republicans have criticized what the Pope had to say about it arguing he should stick to moral issues, but many all over the world think tackling climate change is a moral issue. (I’d be interested to know if those same Republicans would have embraced the Pope’s comments if instead he had argued that we don’t need to tackle the problem because God will look after it all for us on our behalf.)

In the Pope’s words:

When it comes to the care of our “common home,” we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about “a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.” Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them. Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies.

President Obama was clearly pleased with the Pope’s approach to the environment:

Holy Father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet — God’s magnificent gift to us. We support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate and to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations.

It’s not every day that science and religion agree on something, but this is one of those days. It’s time we had politicians agree as well.

Our Oceans Are in Trouble

“The picture is now clearer than ever: humanity is collectively mismanaging the ocean to the brink of collapse.”
—Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

Last week I had the thrilling opportunity to meet Dr. Joe MacInnis. He’s a world-renowned deep-sea explorer who has been under the North Pole and worked with James Cameron in travelling to the Titanic. He also happens to have been born in my home town of Barrie, Ontario where I still work today. He had come home to give a talk to interested community members about his experiences and it made for a riveting evening.

But one thing that kept coming up in his discussion was climate change. It turns out that our oceans are easy to ignore when it comes to climate change because they’re so vast and generally far away form where we live. Sure we know that they’re warming, we know about sea level rising, and we know they’re becoming more acidic which threatens coral reefs. But it’s the hurricanes, droughts, floods, and wildfires that tend to get most of the attention simply beacuse they affect our lives more directly.

But here’s a scary and startling fact: in just one generation, our activities have severely damaged our planet’s oceans on so many levels. Continue reading

Australia: Out With the Old, In With the New

“The climate change argument is absolute crap.”
-Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

“[Australia] should take a prudent, cautious, insurance approach, and say, we should seek to restrain the growth of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, insofar as we can, in order to offset [the chance of catastrophic climate change.]”
-New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Last week the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was defeated in a leadership callenge brought on by Maclolm Turnbull. His Liberal Party was falling behind in the polls, and Turnbull was one of many who thought it was time for a change. Turnbull then went on to to defeat him, becoming Australia’s 29th Prime Minister.

Given Abbott’s quote at the beginning of this post, it’s easy to imagine that anybody who cares about emissions and climate change is celebrating this changing of the guard. But will Turnbull be any better when it comes to climate and energy policy than Abbott was? Continue reading