Climate Change

Time for a Change of Consciousness

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 02, 2008

If you couldn't be bothered to read my bloated, 1,900 word Earth Hour rant from the weekend (and who can blame you?), the Spectator has just published a boiled down version, weighing in at a mere 977 words.

Titled Time for a change of consciousness, it tries to make a case that we need to abandon our obsession with airports and highways if we are to live up to the promise of Earth Hour.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By Oy Vey (anonymous) | Posted April 02, 2008 at 11:41:54

Awesome that folks like you get to write for the Spec once in a while. It's nice to have this website, but even more important is getting the information out to the general public.

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By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted April 02, 2008 at 11:59:50

Nice job Ryan. A great, comprehensive analysis. Call me lazy but I prefer to shorter version ;)

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By highwater (registered) | Posted April 02, 2008 at 14:16:43

It's great that they printed this, but I'm dreading the 'balance' to come.

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By Almost-there (anonymous) | Posted April 02, 2008 at 18:20:14

Great commentary on where we are !But how do you convince the Nimbys... they are still out there faking green morals and refusing to recognize the future.This isn't about the Gore theory ( right or wrong ) .. it is about survival for my kids who at this point still enjoy a 47 ft lot and inefficent use of autos to drive all three boys all over the golden H/shoe to play hockey. It is about my neighbours who are going to line up against a new small townhouse complex down the street. I can live with that.Something I read about the Provincial directions for intensifyig established neighbourhoods. Why not ?Finally , I went from a great honking 4Wheel suv to a smaller AWD , wow 35% bettergas mileage

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By farmer6re9 (registered) - website | Posted April 06, 2008 at 21:03:46


I have tried repeatedly to send an email to the editor requesting changes to my user account and this has been the result:

Reporting-MTA: dns; Received-From-MTA: DNS; Arrival-Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 07:06:50 -0400

Final-Recipient: RFC822; Action: failed Status: 5.0.0 Remote-MTA: DNS; Diagnostic-Code: SMTP; 571 Message Refused Last-Attempt-Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 07:06:53 -0400

Please get in touch with me ASAP

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