A call for energy democracy, vision for a better future, and how it is done in Germany

Yesterday saw the publishing of The Leap Manifesto, initiated and implemented by a group of five top-tier Canadian environmental activists, actors and musicians, each one of which barely needs an additional introduction – Naomi Klein, David Suzuki, Leonard Cohen, Donald Sutherland and Ellen Page – and it calls for an immediate shift of Canada’s internal policy towards a more green, sustainable, and democratic future.

According to the Manifesto, Canada’s current direction is way out of line.

“We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the opportunities of this transition are designed to eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher-wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.

Canada is not this place today – but it can be.

The time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming. That means small steps will no longer suffice.

So we need to leap.”

(The Leap Manifesto, https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/)

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First week in the Land of The Maple Leaf: meeting Derek Olive at a Blue Dot Movement event

Right off the bat, I want to say I’m sorry to all my readers for being relatively quiet this month. I have an excuse, however: I am now officially back to school, this time pursuing Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Having moved to a new city in which I’m about to spend the next two years of my life, I’m now familiarizing myself with new surroundings, making new acquaintances, and of course, slowly getting in tune with the current ideas and attitudes that occupy the minds of Canadians.

The main talk in Canada now, of course, is the federal election, which will be held on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Parliament of Canada.

At the Parliament Hill.
At the Parliament Hill. Photo: Ronnie Safarov (c)

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