Carrie Saxifrage

Carrie Saxifrage is the author of The Big Swim, a collection of nonfiction stories centered on community in the age of climate change to be released in February by New Society Books.  Ruth Ozeki has called The Big Swim, "utterly delightful - a laugh out-loud, moving book I will share with people everywhere I go."  Carrie Saxifrage was the Sustainability Reporter for The Vancouver Observer for four years, before moving on to a career as a book writer.

 

Recycling is winning strategy for Whitecaps

Let’s face it, we’ve all become inured to the ephemera of packaging – the coffee cups, take out containers, food wrappers, store receipts – that we grasp for a few moments before committing them to...

Streetcars the missing link in Vancouver transportation infrastructure?

 At the September 29 symposium entitled “Streetcars: The Missing Link,” when Patrick Condon claimed that everyone loves streetcars, not a single person demurred. In fact, the 100 or so planners...

Cooking up a dead planet

The average Canadian or American unleashes an inferno of climate heat equal to the searing blast of heat coming off an 8,000-barrel-a-day oil fire. That isn’t hyperbole or a misprint. That really is...

To Reduce Her Carbon Footprint, to Mexico by Bus

“I’m in L.A. waiting three hours for the next bus and my luggage is lost. I’m okay though.” My voice trailed off. “I love you. Bye.” I wondered if it had been such a good idea to leave my loving...

Cutting Carbon Makes My Family Happier, Healthier, Richer

My family has always been guided by environmental principles. But in the past two years, we’ve been driven by the facts of global warming. And we’ve reduced our emissions from driving, flying and all...

Alone on the Range

I’m the Lone Ranger in a mask, cape, broad-brimmed hat and black cowboy boots, making my way with my dinner plate toward an Indian Woman, a witch, a Corsair and a Canadian Citizen. As I approach,...

In Praise of the Electric Bike

We’ve ridden our electric bike on Cortes Island regularly for the last year, covering about 2,555 km at a cost of less than $6 in electricity. We’ve saved hundreds of dollars on gasoline and reduced...

The New Car: Prius

“Dad can get home from Sutil Point Road without ever using the gas engine.” We’re in the new Prius, and my ten year old son is studying the dashboard screen. He finally gets to ride in a front seat...

Carbon Counting For You and Me

At a cozy little party one winter night, I sat curled on the sofa as a bearded man in a hand knit vest and rubber Birkenstocks described how it wasn’t right that those people who have for decades...

Carbon Offsets: What's Out There?

Carbon offset vendors each sell something slightly different. It’s like you are buying a chocolate egg with a prize inside. The eggs are similarly wrapped, so how can the purchaser know what is...