Green Energy Futures is a project and a journey that seeks to share the stories of green energy pioneers who are doing incredible things just below the radar of the conventional media. Individually these people are doing interesting projects, together they are leading us all to a more sustainable energy future.
Green Energy Futures is produced and hosted by David Dodge. David is an environmental journalist and a photojournalist who has worked for newspapers, published magazines, radio and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. He produced more than 350 EcoFile radio programs on sustainability for the CKUA Radio network and was the editor of Borealis magazine for all of the years it was published.
David has worked for not-for-profit organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Destination Conservation and the Pembina Institute. He is the host and producer of Green Energy Futures.
Duncan is the editor and production manager of Green Energy Futures. A graduate of Mount Royal College (now University's) journalism program his professional career has taken him to newspapers, magazines and the web. His last job was as the web editor with Alberta Venture magazine and Venture Publishing.
He loves telling the stories of the people, places and businesses that are making the leap to a greener, more sustainable world. He spent some time living in a net-zero house, loves to worm compost and will talk your ear off about the specified gas emitter program if you let him.
Jaro is the president and CEO of Avatar Media, our video production partner here at Green Energy Futures. When he's not creating media he loves to paddle, snowboard and spend time exploring the natural world.
Green Energy Futures is about the green energy transition that is already underway.
Green Energy Futures was born out of the realization that in spite of the myriad of energy issues that play out in the media daily, the green energy revolution has begun. Solar and wind power has experienced double digit growth rates globally for many years. In 2009 wind power capacity increased by 31 per cent and provided two per cent of global electricity consumption, according to the World Watch Institute. Interestingly China surpassed the United States and became the largest wind power market in the world installing one third of the world’s wind power capacity in 2009. Many countries have set lofty goals for installing cleaner, renewable sources of energy.
Sometimes it’s hard to see, but it seems pretty clear a transition has begun to cleaner forms of energy. The inspiration for this series comes from interest in renewable energy itself and the realization that the desire to use more sustainable forms of energy cuts across the political spectrum. While we all wrestle with the economics and the politics of energy worldwide, there seems to be an underlying desire in us as individuals, to get to work on a system that is made up of significantly more sustainable forms of energy.
Even in oil rich states and provinces individuals working for engineering firms, oil companies and utility companies are participating in this transition. Programs that have tapped into this interest have found high levels of support and engagement – people willing to invest their own money in new energy solutions.
Green Energy Futures is about the clean or green energy transition that is already underway. It’s about the housewife who leapt at the chance to pilot a utility company’s solar energy program. It’s about the dentist who invests his own money to get involved in renewable energy or the home builder who is keen to not only live in a home powered by geothermal energy, but to make all of his new homes just a little greener. It’s also about the politican who unfettered by the messy, complicated nature of politics, leads his/her government down new and innovative paths. It’s about the entrepreneur who has toiled away for many years trying to make a green energy business flourish in spite of countless barriers. It’s also about entrepreneurs who think big, and have already managed to create large wind power companies or start-up geothermal companies. And it’s also about people inside even larger companies who are leading their organizations down new and innovative paths.
Green Energy Futures is not about the politics of energy or climate change. Rather it is about people making a difference in their homes, their cities and their companies. It’s about a responsible and progressive transition that works from our present status as an oil dependent and oil wealthy nation, through a transition to a future with less pollution and more sustainable forms of energy.
So listen in, add your voice and share your a part in this journey!