This is indeed an awesome project on Galiano Island, well worth that $100. As a volunteer, I have seen first hand what a positive impact a visit to the Gulf Islands has on urban youth. Many have never walked on a beach nor followed a forest trail before, and even if they have, they all come away with a far richer sense of their own coastal environment.
Alternatives for Ways to Green
I notice that we all have forgotten about a tried and true technology, the electric car. In the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” the General Motors EV-1 had a “workable battery” up to 300 miles per charge. The battery patent was sold by the owner to GM which in turn sold it to an oil company.
With that technology, we could decrease carbon emissions, eliminate maintenance expenses for the consumer (engine parts, etc.), and reduce waste (turnover of used cars). Why are we being led by the media and corporations to adopt hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, and other technologies, when the electric car was workable? Why did we forget, and more importantly, why don’t we “pick the topic up” again?
Notice recently, the introduction of the compressed air engine car from Tata Motors. Notice also, that we in North America have done little or nothing to re-introduce these technologies, the "Electric Car" and Tata's model. Keep going over the same territory. Don't learn from the past.
Having been an ecological feminist my entire life I have already been living "the change" for the most part. However, what I do not have is good weather stripping on my doors. So, that is where my $100 is going.
I do think the UBC farm is the way forward. Sadly I never got any money from Campbell but that doesn't surprise me because I am not rich. However I will always support enterprises that lead by example. This campaign shows there are numerous ways that this is happening. As food is such a core to our health and culture and environment it requires more attention.
I will use the $100 rebate to purchase a Scangauge so I can know my car's "real-time" fuel efficiency and adjust my driving accordingly. The idea is to control my fuel costs and negate the carbon tax.
I have donated my one hundred dollar 'Climate Action Dividend' to the Work Less Party, Canada's only registered political party that is actually acting against global climate change. Sure both provincial and federal parties of all stripes and ideas talk about change, but the Work Less Party is acting. I suggest if you want to see real change and be a part of it you do the same. And while you are at it, vote Work Less in the coming Civic Elections. Betty K. for Mayor!!!!
I don't get a cheque because I didn't move to BC until mid-January, despite the fact that I just paid $3,000 in property taxes, I am paying the carbon tax, I have a BC driver's licence and a BC Care Card.
In addition I have no choice but to drive from Mission to my job in Richmond because there are no viable alternatives.
Mr Campbell, perhaps your commitment should be to us who'd like viable alternatives but instead are given tax increases and a shrug of the shoulders when asked about public transit in the Fraser Valley.
This is an initiative which engages citizens at the level transformation of consciousness, practical lifestyle change, education, and advocacy - hand, head, and heart.
All those who lead symposia are volunteers who have dedicated a lot of personal time to getting to know the issues, and they are walking the talk.
I know first-hand how hard the non-profit groups and feisty individuals of B.C. work to fight global warming through local foods -- and just make their communities better places to live. I'm giving my $100 to the community greenhouse in the Kootenays run by Bill Swann of the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens. It will supply greenhouse-gas-free food to local chefs in training. A better world can be delicious too.
My $100 carbon tax rebate is being spent to support my 15-year-old son's training in urban food gardening and permaculture. He believes natural and sustainable living requires us to do our best to grow and use food as close to home as possible. He will further his knowledge at InnisfreeFarm.ca; we also support UBC Farm and community gardens.