This week we had a really interesting talk by Dr. Graham Daborn and also watched a documentary called “Blue Gold”. The talk was about the increasing need for sustainable energy sources, and how Nova Scotia has been working to find some. I found it extremely interesting to know about the wave energy generator that cost so much (can’t remember the exact number) and ended up not working at all. I think that more people need to start thinking about these new energy sources. I know it’s a lot of money, but putting solar panels in your home save you a lot of money over the years. At my home I have low-flush toilets, they have two different flushes.. you get the drift.. and the bowl hardly fills with water at all. They work the exact same way and are much more energy aware. Another easy way to save water is filling up a jug and putting it in your toilet tank, that way the tank fills with less water when you flush!
News March 13, 2011
A media source I found was “The Council of Canadians”. The site was called ACTION ALERT: Budget cuts to Environment Canada are unacceptable”. It says that the government is planning a ” $222-million or 20% reduction in spending at Environment Canada.
This includes a $141 million cut to climate change and clean air initiatives, as well as a $19.5-million cut to a federal action plan dealing with contaminated federal sites, and about $3-million in reductions for compliance promotion and enforcement for wildlife and pollution.
Meanwhile, in 2010 to 2011, Environment Canada’s program activities amount to just over one billion dollars while National Defence spending is over twenty billion. This is further evidence that the Harper government is out of step with the views of Canadians.
According to recent Environics poll, seventy-one percent of Canadians strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement, “money spent on wars and the and the military would all be better spent on efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.”
This is really shocking and disturbing. It shows a complete divide between what Canadians want and what the government thinks is important. We want there to be more proactive environmental spending, while the government chooses to continue spending it on the military.
For the US, I found a New York Times Post that displayed Obama’s whole budget. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/newsgraphics/2011/0119-budget/index.html
It says that the Environment Protection Agency is down 12.5% since last year, which also reduces funds for the restoration of the Great Lakes. One good thing was that the Energy Programs are up 37.5 percent, so that can help greener ways of obtaining energy.
Research Quest & Question of the week March 7, 2011
All I can say after watching “You should have stayed home” was WOW. I could not believe my eyes or ears the whole 45 minutes. I knew of the problems with the G20 this summer, but I had no idea to what extent these problems were. Seeing the police brutality made me feel very uneasy, and I couldn’t believe there wasn’t more being done to resolve these cases. Seeing the cages that people were kept in, the over use of arms, and the attacks towards innocent people made me really angry.
This leads me to my question of the week: do we have the right to peaceful protest in Canada? On paper we do, but from the events of g20 it is questionable if that right is enforced.