Ben West Feed http://master.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/8173 en Empowering local alternatives is the next essential #PeoplesClimate mobilization http://master.vancouverobserver.com/news/empowering-local-alternatives-next-essential-peoplesclimate-mobilization What an amazing weekend. It was so empowering&nbsp;watching the livestream&nbsp;of the estimated 400,000 people on the streets of New York&nbsp;Sunday&nbsp;morning marching for action on climate...<p><a href="http://master.vancouverobserver.com/news/empowering-local-alternatives-next-essential-peoplesclimate-mobilization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:13:00 +0000 Ben West 19745 at http://master.vancouverobserver.com Do Kinder Morgan and Shell’s Canadian reps really support moving beyond fossil fuel? http://master.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/do-kinder-morgan-and-shell%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2s-canadian-reps-really-support-moving-beyond-fossil-fuel The argument used by Kinder Morgan seems to me designed to obscure the real consequences of building new tar sands export pipelines.<p><a href="http://master.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/do-kinder-morgan-and-shell%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2s-canadian-reps-really-support-moving-beyond-fossil-fuel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:27:00 +0000 Ben West 16793 at http://master.vancouverobserver.com Kinder Morgan an odd choice for local green business event http://master.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/kinder-morgan-odd-choice-local-green-business-event I’m more than a little surprised at the choice of&nbsp;Kinder Morgan’s Canadian&nbsp;president Ian Anderson as the keynote speaker for Thursday’s Surrey Board of Trade luncheon honouring...<p><a href="http://master.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/kinder-morgan-odd-choice-local-green-business-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Tue, 17 Sep 2013 02:11:00 +0000 Ben West 16455 at http://master.vancouverobserver.com BC Election: voting for the people and the planet http://master.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/voting-people-and-planet Last week Van Jones, the founder of the green jobs advocacy group Green for All, was arrested at a rally organized to protest against a major American coal company. What's interesting about this is...<p><a href="http://master.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/voting-people-and-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary BC election 2013 environment Tue, 14 May 2013 01:15:00 +0000 Ben West 15315 at http://master.vancouverobserver.com Burning garbage is unsustainable and unimaginative http://master.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/2011/08/02/burning-garbage-unsustainable-and-unimaginative Last week, B.C. took a big step away from sustainability when Environment Minster Terry Lake rubber-stamped a plan to build a gigantic “mass burn” waste incinerator. <p><a href="http://master.vancouverobserver.com/politics/commentary/2011/08/02/burning-garbage-unsustainable-and-unimaginative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Opinion Environment burning garbage Ecosystems Environment Minister Terry Lake EPR extended producer responsibility garbage health waste incinerators Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:15:00 +0000 Ben West 8174 at http://master.vancouverobserver.com