Epic Kid Tricycle Video Background

Tricycling out of Vancouver

Ever since they have had the neck muscles to hold their cranium above their shoulders our kids have been on human-powered wheels: on seats on the back of our bikes, in bike trailers, on scooters, pedal bikes, roller blades, skateboards, and tricycles. (Article continues below video) One big reason why we never became a car … Read more

Notes from a Month of Abstinence (no Sugar, Booze, or Caffeine)

The idea for a vice fast had crossed my mind as the end of the year approached, but it was my seven-year-old who made it something concrete.  Mid-December, he declared that as soon as Christmas was over he was going to give up sugar. No candy, maple syrup, ice cream, donuts, granola bars, chocolate, cookies, … Read more

Predicting the Price of European Carbon in December 2021

Cambie Bridge, Vancouver at high Tide

President Joe Biden has wasted no time in winding back the damage done by his predecessor. On day one of his four-year term, Biden is taking the US back into the Paris Agreement and has carbon reduction in his sights, including axing the Keystone XL pipeline. There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic: the U.S. … Read more

British Columbia Signalled the Exact Price of EU Carbon Now, A Year Ago

Climate March Sign - "Denial is Not a Policy"

I’m celebrating. At the beginning of 2020, climate and energy journo Alessandro Vitelli (aka @CarbonReporter) held a competition on Twitter to see who could predict the price of a tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide or equivalent) on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Futures at the end of the year.  Specifically, he asked for a prediction for … Read more

Together We Grow

This is the teaser video that I included as part of a submission to the CBC about the BC Seed Trials. The extract opens on urban farmer Chris Thoreau ruminating on why all but one of his tomato plants have failed. “It’s a little embarrassing,” he says. Other participants in this citizen seed trial (that … Read more

Old TVs

TV selection

This is a work-in-progress that started with gathering photos of discarded televisions in my neighbourhood in Vancouver. It will be a whimsical look at the nature of obsolescence. I have now hoarded a fair amount of material and so should be posting an update here soon. With a more exciting title, too.