Already the author of more than 600 columns about recycling, composting, and green living, Michael was asked in September 2007 to write a weekly column about climate change for the Nelson Daily News — the first newspaper in the world to carry such a regular feature. The column ended only when the newspaper was sold to a competitor in 2010. He has continued writing a regular column for the online TheNelsonDaily.com where his articles can be found in the Op/Ed archive. His latest column is entitled Exporting Ourselves to Death.
From Fear to Hope: Climate Change, Energy, and Our Children verifies the many opportunities we can seize to combat climate change and give our children a zero carbon future.
The book provides proof that today's adults can solve the problems of global warming and fossil fuel energy reliance and leave tomorrow's children a better world.
To effectively address the climate change problem requires dealing with energy issues. Human activities, including how we heat our buildings and transport ourselves are major sources of the greenhouse gases causing climate change.
Canada has abundant endowments of non-renewable and renewable energy sources. We are second in the world for proven oil reserves, third in proven uranium reserves, second in hydroelectric production, fourth in economically exploitable hydroelectric capacity, and twelfth in proven coal reserves. There is also great potential for renewable energy including hydro, biomass, wind, geothermal, solar, and tidal. Little wonder then that Canada doesn't have a national energy policy; we're too busy digging, damming, and dreaming of windfall profits as an energy superpower.
But there is another way.
The World Wildlife Fund's The Energy Report outlines how all the world's energy can be provided cleanly, renewably and economically by 2050.
The United Nations Environment Programme's study Bridging the Emissions Gap concludes that bringing emissions down to safer levels is technologically and economically feasible with an accelerated uptake of renewable energy, fuel switching and energy efficiency improvements.
The International Energy Agency's new book Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy Practice says renewables are now the fastest-growing sector in the energy mix and offer great potential to address issues of energy security and sustainability. In their annual World Energy Outlook 2011, the IEA shows that without an urgent and radical change of policy direction, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system.