Vancouver Sun Letter to the Editor

Carbon-tax advocate loses points by playing politics

Monday, April 21, 2008

As a founder of the Climate Cafés, I have helped organize a series of discussion groups aiming to help people find practical ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Last month we discussed the new carbon tax. Most participants indicated that while they supported carbon taxes, there were reservations about this one.

First, peopled believed carbon taxes should be fair. A flat point-of-sale tax wasn't seen to be so. Second, an insignificant "tax rebate" won't bring about significant changes in people's life styles. Investment in public transportation, however, while not as politically popular, was seen as a more courageous action. Third, this government didn't seem to be addressing the overall problem in a consistent way. The Gateway Project was seen as being contrary to reducing carbon emissions. Some participants expressed misgivings about environmental groups that have been uncritical supporters of this tax.

Since these are real concerns, it seems to me that the role of the Official Opposition is to voice them. To call this "playing politics" seems unfair. By maligning those who don't entirely support his particular solution to climate change, Mark Jaccard runs the risk of appearing self-serving.

Heather Harrison, Chair
Climate Cafés Collective Society, Vancouver

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CC in The Vancouver Sun

If you had a chance to flip through the Vancouver Sun this weekend, you might have noticed an article on local environmental initiatives. Guess who the article was about? Here’s an excerpt:

”The cafes aren’t as much awareness-raising as they are empowering people to act,” says Heather Harrison, one of the society’s eight volunteer organizers.

Run by a steering committee of eight and with a small grant from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Climate Cafés usually advertises monthly events on its website. Held in a different Vancouver neighbourhood each month, the Climate Cafe meetings usually rely on the pedestrian power of volunteers to put up posters in the area surrounding the venue.”

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CBC Radio Interview

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