We’re on a path to self-destruction

“We are on a path to self-destruction, and yet there is nothing inevitable about our fate. Solar panels and wind turbines are now among the least expensive ways to produce energy. Storage batteries are cheaper and more efficient than ever. We could move quickly if we chose to, but we’d need to opt for solidarity and coördination on a global scale. The chances of that look slim.”

How extreme weather is shrinking the planet (New Yorker)

…and yet Ontario’s provincial government will spend hundreds of millions to scrap green energy projects. (Kicker? They also lied about it not costing taxpayers.)

“Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he is “proud” of his decision to tear up hundreds of renewable energy deals, a move that his government acknowledges could cost taxpayers more than $230 million.”

Doug Ford ‘proud’ of tearing up hundreds of green energy contracts (CBC)

Proponents say it’ll save Ontario millions more in the long run, but here’s the thing: we need to invest in alternative energy sources.

Scrapping the investment now, and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars to do it, doesn’t change that fact.

Now we’ll need to spend hundreds of millions more in the future to get us to the point we were already at before the Ontario PC party threw everything out.

Climate change isn’t avoidable. It’s happening. It’s here. The questions are how do we adapt? and how do we keep from making it worse?

Own your platform

“The original dream of the web is dying. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Medium, and YouTube entice us to give them our creative work.

They control what gets amplified and what gets monetized. A few conference rooms in Silicon Valley dictate our online culture.
It’s time to take it back.

Stop giving away your work to people who don’t care about it. Host it yourself. Distribute it via methods you control. Build your audience deliberately and on your own terms.”

Always Own Your Platform

A brilliant little webpage from Sean Blanda that extolls the virtues and reasons for establishing and owning your presence on the web.

If this sort of thing matters to you, I highly recommend creating your own site, whether with us at GoDaddy or somewhere else.