winter cycling

Winter Cycling & Christmas Tree Debacles

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This week we bring you two wintry archives! First a debate: which is more sustainable? An artificial or a real Christmas tree? Carson Fong finds out! Then winter cycling – sounds scary? Turns out it might not be as awful as it sounds.

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Headlines

The Calgary Board of Education and Bullfrog Power have teamed up to fund ‘Good Day Sunshine’, a recently announced initiative to install five new solar PV systems on Calgary elementary schools. [click here]

Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced at the University of Alberta last week that the Alberta Youth Climate Action Council is now live and taking applications for youth aged 18-26 interested in giving feedback on climate change issues across the province. [click here]

A pilot study conducted by Texas State University and Bat Conservation International test-drove some new technology that reduces bat mortality from wind turbines by up to 54%! [click here]

Winter cycling

We take a trip down memory lane and revisit Terra Informers Carson and Trevor’s interview the president of the Winter Cycling Federation, Timo Perälä. Timo’s advice on navigating the mental blocks of winter cycling is perfectly timed with our snowy streets and recently expanded bike network.   

Which is greener?

In another archive, Terra Informer Hamdi explores the environmental debate between artificial and real Christmas trees, and how each stacks up in terms of contributing to climate change.

What’s happening

If you’re celebrating the holidays in the Edmonton area, come visit the U of A Forestry tree sale in the Corbett Hall parking lot near the University of Alberta hospital. Some friendly U of A Foresters will be there to greet you Monday to Friday from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9am to 9pm until December 21 or until the trees sell out. 10% of proceeds are donated to the United Way. [click here]

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Photo by: Martin Reis

War and the Environment, Climate Justice, and Winter Cycling

This week we look at the impact of armed conflict on the environment. Scott Harris from the Council of Canadians stops by to tell us about People’s Assemblies for Climate Justice, a democratic grass-roots approach to addressing climate change which grew out of the frustration many felt after the failures of last year’s UN negotiations. And veteran winter cyclist Keith Hallgren gives some advice on how to cycling through Canada’s winters in comfort.

People's Assembly to discuss issues of climate change on thee streets of Copenhagen during COP15

 

Our next segment is about war and the environment. the war in Afghanistan, started after 9/11 in 2001 and the war is still going on. This war is not only the political issue, it also has something to do with environment. This week, Terra’s correspondent Seon-Ah introduces the story environmental story happening in Afghanistan.

The Climate Justice movement garnered global media attention and admiration of activists last year at COP15 in Copenhagen, when they organized a peoples assembly on climate justice to protest the backroom negotiating and develop solutions to the climate crisis. Since then climate justice advocates around the world have been mobilizing their communities and now with COP16 in Cancun quickly approaching group all around the world are holding Peoples Assemblies on Climate Justice to spread the momentum and develop local solutions to the climate crisis. In our next segment Terra Informa corespondent Myles Curry talks to Scott Harris of The Council of Canadians on the background of these assemblies and the organizing happening across Canada.

Well the weather reports are conclusive, winter is really here.  But that doesn’t mean you have to put away your bicycle!  Winter riding is increasing in popularity across Canada, even in norther cities like Edmonton, Alberta.  Rebecca Rooney interviewed Keith Hallgren, an avid winter cyclist and board member of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society about winter cycling.