Dear Mr Bousquet,
Thank you for your timely and well researched article. I wish your research could be presented to metro and provincial government in a way that would put to action some of the changes you propose.but I have some comments on your piece. I realize I have a role to play in my individual decisions, I try to buy local, I eat no meat and keep my air travel to a minimum. But as a working class student there’s only so much I can do. I think the majority of Coast readers already do not own cars and can’t afford much air travel. If a federally funded auditor reviewed my home and concluded I needed a $50’000 solar water heater there’s precious little I could do about it. Something would have to be put in place to make sure such audits did not just line the pockets of those who could afford such retrofitting or who own houses. I would similarly support a line on my power bill that claims to go toward sustainable development but only if I could be sure it was not going toward another ivory backscratcher for Emera corp. The biggest impact can made at the level of civil engineering, public transit, renewable ways of generating electricity and transporting goods by rail instead of truck, but these are precisely the areas I can impact the least. I would have liked to see in your article some direction as to lobbying I can do myself or in a citizen’s group.
By Jen Stotland