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Nearly every day now, we hear of some new innovation moving the world toward clean energy. For many of us, this means installing solar panels, buying an electric vehicle or maybe giving up the car altogether. But this transition raises many questions most people haven't even started to consider. Your hosts Susan Elrington and Caitlyn Vernon of Sierra Club BC dive into these questions with thinkers and doers who are making the energy transition happen. Subscribe, join the conversation on social media with @SierraClubBC and get bonus material for each episode at sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.

Mission Transition: Clean Energy and Beyond Sierra Club BC

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 22 Ratings

Nearly every day now, we hear of some new innovation moving the world toward clean energy. For many of us, this means installing solar panels, buying an electric vehicle or maybe giving up the car altogether. But this transition raises many questions most people haven't even started to consider. Your hosts Susan Elrington and Caitlyn Vernon of Sierra Club BC dive into these questions with thinkers and doers who are making the energy transition happen. Subscribe, join the conversation on social media with @SierraClubBC and get bonus material for each episode at sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.

    A Green New Deal for Canada? (Season 2, Ep. 9)

    A Green New Deal for Canada? (Season 2, Ep. 9)

    The midterm elections in the United States brought a new kind of politician to Washington. Young people from all walks of life who are determined to use the transition to clean energy as a means to secure a better life for all.



    They’re calling it the Green New Deal.



    What does this emerging movement look like north of the border, and how can we tap it to get politicians onside as champions for more ambitious climate action? How is job security a central piece of this puzzle? In this episode we explore this movement for a just transition and what it could mean for you. 



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



    Join the clean energy conversation with @SierraClubBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 31 min
    Riding into the Future (Season 2, Ep. 8)

    Riding into the Future (Season 2, Ep. 8)

    We’re entering a brave new world with the transition to clean energy—one of challenge and opportunity. Few places is this more visible than in the world of transportation. While some people see the future as being primarily about electric vehicles, others are questioning our whole approach to getting around. 



    In this episode, we explore what transportation could look like in the future.



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



    Join the clean energy conversation with @SierraClubBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 31 min
    Rethinking Land (Season 2, Ep. 7)

    Rethinking Land (Season 2, Ep. 7)

    When colonizers first set foot on this land, their goal was to claim as much of it as possible for themselves. They paid no attention to the fact that Indigenous peoples here had their own governing structures and laws already in place. To the early settlers and explorers, land equaled money and power. To this day, some of us still view the value of land simply in terms of the money it can generate, whether that’s from logging the trees, mining for gold, digging up oil and gas or developing real estate.



    But now we’re confronting the harsh impacts this approach has had for climate change and for Indigenous peoples. So what can we do differently? How can we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past?



    This episode invites us to rethink our approach, and explore what we can learn from Indigenous law about being more respectful of the land as we transition to clean energy.



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



    Join the clean energy conversation with @SierraClubBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 33 min
    Follow the Money (Season 2, Ep. 6)

    Follow the Money (Season 2, Ep. 6)

    If there’s one thing we can all agree on about oil and gas, it’s that there’s big money in it. Governments invest big money, corporations make big money—and they stand to lose big money as solar and wind rise rapidly. And they spend big money to control the narrative about Canada’s energy and economic future.



    Mission Transition breaks down where your tax dollars are being invested, who owns energy, who profits, and who’s at risk of being left out in the cold.



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



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    • 34 min
    Bearing the Burden (Season 2, Ep. 5)

    Bearing the Burden (Season 2, Ep. 5)

    Over the past few decades, oil and gas companies have fueled and financed the pumping of billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. They’ve cashed in, but who bears the cost now? Who’s responsible when thousands lose their homes to climate change fueled fires and floods? Who pays when crops fail in droughts? Who’s on the hook when house values plummet in hurricane zones? We're being told it’s up to us as individuals to be responsible for the shift to a climate-friendly world, but is this really fair? 



    In this episode, we explore who bears the burden of responsibility for this transition. 



    To find out, we speak with Catherine Gauthier of ENvironnement JEUnesse about their class action lawsuit against Canada over climate inaction. We hear from the Mayor of Victoria, Lisa Helps, about the burden on municipalities. And we talk to Anjali Appadurai formerly of West Coast Environmental Law about who’s really responsible, and how personal guilt is not going to help move us forward.



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



    Join the clean energy conversation with @SierraClubBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 26 min
    Taking Back Our Power (Season 2, Ep. 4)

    Taking Back Our Power (Season 2, Ep. 4)

    Sometimes it seems as though we’re living in different worlds. Most people want solar panels and electric cars, yet our governments are buying pipelines and opening LNG plants. It seems no matter what communities want, bad energy choices are often being inflicted on them. Renewables offer a chance to change this. What would it mean to take back control over our power? Mission Transition explores the idea of energy democracy—one for which many people say the time has come.



    We hear from Dene lawyer and activist Caleb Behn about what having a stronger say would mean for Indigenous peoples in BC’s north, as well as BC Government Employees Union Executive Vice-President James Coccola about the impact on workers. We talk to Rob Baxter and Dick Bakker with the Vancouver and Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-ops about where the money for local energy generation comes from.



    We also return to Haida Gwaii where local leaders are taking control of their energy. We hear insights at the Haida Gwaii Renewable Energy Symposium from former Council of the Haida Nation President kil tlaats' gaa Peter Lantin, current CHN President and Swiilawiid Sustainability Society Board Member Jaalen Edenshaw, and head of the CHN Energy Committee Stephen (Buck) Grosse.



    Subscribe to Mission Transition and find bonus material for this episode at https://sierraclub.bc.ca/podcast.



    Join the clean energy conversation with @SierraClubBC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Jodi Stark ,

Excellent podcast

What an interesting and engaging podcast! Thanks Sierra Club for taking a close look at clean energy solutions in BC. Well done!

Erzsi_I ,

Informative and Awesome!

Love the tone and content of this podcast!

NarkedOff ,

Entertaining

I love reading about clean energy and green innovations, and these podcasts focused on BC are very informative.

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