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Three years ago, Larry Powell sent me an email asking if I would like to write a column for the Spectator. Big mistake. Since then, I’ve written just over 50 of these pieces, and together we’ve explored subjects ranging from the consequences of climate change, to action being taken locally, to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. I’ve had the honour and privilege to profile and speak with individuals – a few famous, most not, but all fighting the good fight to put an end to climate change. Pen Hadow, Richard Zurawski, Charles Bull, James Dale, Marilyn Cameron, and many more have graciously allowed this so-called journalist to talk with them about these issues, leaving Larry Powell and Steve Raftery to smooth the results into something worthy of print (or, in the case of the Town’s website, the internet).

“Welcome to the first Environmental Access. Throughout this column, we will focus on informing the public as to the affairs of the Bridgetown Regional High School Climate Change Committee; and including tips on how to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, and, ultimately, SAVE THE PLANET.” Those were the first sentences of the first Environmental Access. While many of the columns since then may have strayed from the goal, I hope I’ve generally stayed on track and not left you wondering all that often just what my point was.

For a more complete, though certainly not comprehensive, list of people who’ve supported our work over the past five years, please see the article “Half a Decade Later”, available on the Town of Bridgetown’s website or on my blog, but I would like to acknowledge the support we’ve received from the staff and students of BRHS, our families, as well as in the community as a whole. We couldn’t have done it without you, and anything we’ve accomplished is directly attributable to your support.

With that said, I’d like to close by reminding you of my personal motivation to work towards a healthier environment: while the earth, animals, health, and even human society as we know it may all be at risk, I ask you to think of our future generations. Give them back a world in better shape than you found it.

Thanks again to Larry Powell, Steve Raftery, and everyone at the Spectator and the Town for making this column possible, and most of all thanks to you for taking a few minutes out of your day to listen to what I have to say. If you’re interested, more of my work can be found at my blog (address below). In the words of Réné Lévesque, “À la prochaine fois!” 

Carsten James MacLean is headed to Royal Military College in August to pursue a career as an Armour Officer in the Canadian Forces. He can be found on the web at carstenmaclean.blogspot.com, or you can write him at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . He’d like to thank his family, Climate Change Committee members, and in particular KI, CR, GM, and PK for their support in his environmental and social justice endeavours.

The BRHS Climate Change Committee is being left in the capable hands of Stacey Plourde and Mariah Drever, Co-Presidents, and Dave Wright, Staff Advisor.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 July 2011 )
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