The bigger picture: not just damage mitigation but flood minimization also needed

By Janet Keeping, Leader, Green Party of Alberta           I have enormous sympathy for those many Albertans who have suffered from the recent flooding and continuing heavy rains.  I appreciate too the exemplary efforts of emergency workers, government officials, clean-up crews and the thousands of volunteers in dozens of communities who have done so much …

Why Alberta Needs the Green Party – Now More Than Ever

Two of the most serious problems facing Alberta today are the harm being done by our hydrocarbon industries – for example, oilsands and coal-generated electricity –and the fragile state of democracy in the province. Both are signature concerns for Greens. So it’s very good for Alberta that the provincial Green Party has been re-born. Every …

Giving the Earth a chance: A precautionary tale

The basic environmental insight is this: all life is dependent on the healthy functioning of natural systems.  To risk the viability of land, water, or atmospheric systems is to risk life itself.  From this point of view, we live in precarious times – climate change is becoming more severe, the habitat which supports bio-diversity is …

Leadership desperately needed on the greening of Alberta

Slowly but surely Albertans are being forced to deal with two difficult and inter-related issues – the need to restructure the way we pay for public services and the need to get serious about lessening our province’s carbon footprint.  Heavy reliance on revenues from the production of non-renewable resources has always been unwise.  But now …