Why Won’t Canada Act on Climate Change?

Canada should be taking more ambitious steps to reduce fossil fuel emissions. The ruling Liberal party campaigned on climate action and their minority government is supported by two parties -- the Greens and the NDP -- who presented ambitious climate plans in their own platforms. Some Liberal MPs like Steven Guilbeault, Nate Erskine-Smith and others … Continue reading Why Won’t Canada Act on Climate Change?

Treasure Map

This summer, with protests suddenly a health risk and governments swamped with demands from all sectors, Matt has been looking for a new way to make change.  The idea he has hit upon is the very micro-level of daily life.  Not unlike our Low-Carbon Luxury series, his new project -- Treasure Map -- explores ways … Continue reading Treasure Map

UofT’s Responsible Investing Charter is evil.

Do you remember what it was like to live in a world that wasn’t threatened by environmental oblivion?  I will turn forty this year.  In the late nineties, when I started in undergrad at U of T, global warming was on my radar, I was careful about my consumption and voted with the planet in … Continue reading UofT’s Responsible Investing Charter is evil.

Better living before, during and after a pandemic

This short essay will make two related points.  First, that getting pleasure from our experience is a craft and one that we can get better at.  And, second, that we as a society should focus on meeting basic needs and then allow people to increase their pleasure by practicing the craft of getting more out … Continue reading Better living before, during and after a pandemic

This is what an emergency looks like…

Do you remember way back in January 2020 when the coronavirus was just another news story?  For years, experts have been making urgent calls about the possibility of a global pandemic.  But these scientific warnings, not unlike climate science, only popped up briefly on our collective radar before being swallowed up by the cacophony of … Continue reading This is what an emergency looks like…