Jack has lived in Lund for the past forty-two years. He built a home there, raised two kids and has been active in the Lund and Powell River community. He became involved in international development work in the mid 80s, first with “Communities in Partnership” a sister city project between Powell River and St. Marc Haiti. This lead to his involvement in the international solar cooking movement and projects around the globe, mostly in Haiti. After the Kyoto Conference in 1997 he moved into the carbon market field as a way to finance household energy projects in developing countries. This lead to starting the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society, which he and his wife Mary Ann founded and operated for ten years, using the principles of carbon finance to reach out to communities in six countries with alternative renewable energy for cooking. Jack is committed to CAPR and its goals around addressing climate change.
Bill Lytle-McGhee joined the CAPR team in 2016, shortly after the society was formed. He was active in the climate movement in the BC interior and it was a natural progression following a family move. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, with major coursework in Environmental Education, Geography, and Psychology. The social characteristic of climate change denial is of particular interest to him.
“I believe it has, for a long time, been inevitable that humans walk down the path of technology, eventually allowing them to organize society in a sophisticated manner. It seems very natural to employ the use of tools of all sorts. However, the use of ever more concentrated and versatile forms of energy also has accompanied the development of technology, and of course is essential to it. The problem we now face is that the dominant form of energy now employed, fossil fuels, cannnot be endlessly consumed without consequences, life threatening ones. It is imperative that the global civilization restrict its emissions in whatever way works. If we allow the carbon in the atmosphere to rise much more, we will overheat the planet and disrupt the very finely balanced life support systems that were in place before the industrial revolution. We must now move to a new phase, which means drastically reducing our use of fossil fuels, unless we find a way to capture our emissions. The warning signs are there, alarm bells are sounding, and we have a limited amount of time to respond. Sooner is better!”
To see the world through new eyes
During the last federal election, I worked with the Green party. It was a huge pleasure and opportunity for me to live my values. At that time I met Michael Gelber who brought me along to a meeting of persons dedicated to planning a Climate March just prior to the Paris meetings on climate action. From there we moved on to becoming a society i.e. Climate Action Powell River Society. We have met every Wednesday since September 21, 2014. This society has become a part of my soul. Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the world as we know it and it is important to me that we make an effort to save this planet for our children and our children’s’ children. A new paradigm is in order.
Originaly from Quebec, I moved to Powell River in 1981. I have a Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology and worked for more than two decades with people who had developmental disabilities. I always wanted to keep a connection with Nature. In Quebec it was canoeing; here ocean kayaking and boating. Nature is often seen by some as something outside of us. In reality, we came from it, we are an expression of it and it supports us. We ought to remember that or we will ignore it at our own cost. The time for debating about the reality of Global Warming has passed. Now is the time for action and it is already very late. Don’t we want to leave a liveable world to our children and their children.
CAPR is a vehicle for my involvment in this cause which is dear to me. Let’s do something here in our town, on our Coast, in our own home.
As a long-time meditator I like to think that I am in touch with my inner world and when there is such dissonance between my inner world and my outer world, I feel a call to action. I think I have a moral and ethical duty to do everything within my power to stem the greed that is the driving force of climate change. Yes, we have to change ourselves, but unless we change the system of capitalism that supports destructive behaviours, our efforts will be for nought and we will descend into chaos. I believe we have a small window of opportunity to avoid climate fuelled disaster and I think Climate Action Powell River will prove to be a great vehicle for the reduction of community carbon dioxide emissions.
Don Fodor has been a long-time union activist in education and community social services who well understands the necessity and power of principled non-violent collective action. The main motivation for his climate action activities is concern for the welfare of the young and yet to be born generations as well as all the other critters from which we all descended.
Fred Guerin is a resident of Powell River who joined the CAPR team in 2017. He teaches courses in philosophy and environmental ethics at the Vancouver Island University (VIU). He is also the moderator of the Philosopher’s Café held weekly at the VIU Campus. Fred holds a Ph.D in philosophy and is currently writing a book on environmental ethics entitled A New Framework for Environmental Ethics. I joined CAPR because we have something in common: we love this planet and we want to work towards a carbon free community and an environmentally sustainable world. Think globally and act locally: that is what we are about.
“We are now at a point of presently existing philosophical, moral, biological and ecological knowledge and understanding to say that not only are all life forms deeply connected and interdependent, but that the global environment we belong to is in the widest sense intelligent, unique and irreplaceable. We also exist in an unprecedented time of understanding and awareness about the catastrophic impact that human activity has on the health and well-being of all forms of life on this planet. The first step in moving towards a better world is to imagine a new ethical understanding—a 21st century framework of values based on four key questions: Who Are We? What Do We Know? How Ought We to Act Given That Knowledge? What Can We Hope for? Using a multidisciplinary empirical and conceptual approach I will answer each of these questions and put forward a new ethical framework that will help us think and act our way towards a more environmentally sustainable future”.
In the face of what seem like overwhelming forces that deny, apparently don’t care or don’t know about the impacts of human-caused climate change, CAPR offers a local way to counteract these influences. With an academic background in environmental ethics, Indigenous studies and progressive theology, I am glad to participate on a practical level in CAPR activities. Informing community members about their carbon footprint and providing alternative suggestions to reduce it is a concrete way to empower positive local action and make a difference. Margaret Mead famously observed, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Powell River can be that group, and I am convinced that CAPR can be instrumental in creating that reality.
John A. (Ian) Mackenzie
Ian joined CAPR in 2018. However, he has been involved in various aspects of the environmental movement for many years. A large part of that activity came about through his involvement with First Nations peoples and their many issues since 1964. One of the first issues was mercury poisoning of native people from mining tailings in Northern Ontario. He also worked closely with the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories in their opposition to the Mackenzie Valley pipeline project. When he was appointed to the Nisga’a Tribal Council in 1979 he worked with the Nisga’a to challenge the dumping of tailings into Alice Arm in northern British Columbia. His interest in CAPR is an expression of his recognition that climate change is the culmination of human misuse of the earth and time is running out. In order to turn things around we must engage in individual acts of caring for the earth and community action to move away from our dependency on carbon emissions.