The true cost of scraping the bottom of the barrel

4 03 2014

Garth Lenz

Garth Lenz

I have incredibly fond memories of travelling through Canada……  in the 1970’s it was pristine wilderness, almost everywhere you went.  What is going on in the Athabasca where the tar sands are mined is truly shocking.  So I want to share with you the impassioned plea for help from photographer Garth Lenz (what a great name for a photographer!) who shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

For almost twenty years, Garth’s photography of threatened wilderness regions, devastation, and the impacts on indigenous peoples, has appeared in the world’s leading publications. His recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Ontario.

Filmed at TEDxVictoria (Vancouver Island) on November 19 2011

Share widely………..


The End of Growth

3 09 2013

This is a one hour audio….. and I can’t recommend listening in enough!
David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin

David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin


Economist Jeff Rubin and environmentalist David Suzuki might seem an unlikely pairing. But they’ve been touring Canada together, talking about the natural limits to growth from their very different perspectives. We listen in as they try to convince a Calgary audience that we’ve already exceeded the capacity of the planet.

Jeff Rubin is a former Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets.  His book, The End of Growth is a follow-up to his earlier book Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller.

David Suzuki is a geneticist, environmentalist, broadcaster and the co-founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation. He has written over 50 books, including The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision for Our Sustainable Future.

This event was staged as part of Calgary’s WordFest