Living Clean and Free

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[mk_dropcaps style=”simple-style”]I[/mk_dropcaps]N JULY 21, 2015, a select group of 60 city mayors from around the globe journeyed to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and attend a conference on climate change. Vancouver’s mayor, Gregor Robertson, the lone Canadian invited to the conference, gave a presentation at which he spoke about the importance of sustainable economic development in cities and outlined Vancouver’s efforts to support clean-energy and low-carbon technology.

Recalling the experience, Robertson says, “It felt like a tipping point for me on issues that we’d been battling on the ground. The Pope was calling for a dramatic response on climate change and he recognized that mayors can play a key role in leading communities to a better future. At a city level, there’s serious action and commitment, and it’s important that the rest of the world understands that.”

Tall, fit and handsome, Robertson is a rising star in the international sustainability movement. The former organic farmer and founder of the Happy Planet juice company was elected mayor in 2008 with a campaign that stressed environmental issues, including the bold goal of making Vancouver “the greenest city in the world.” In the years since, the twice re-elected Robertson has been making good on that promise.

Although a number of cities have introduced strategies to work toward greener futures, the blueprint for sustainability introduced by Robertson and his Vision Vancouver party in 2011 stands out because of its wide-ranging and ambitious goals which represent nothing less than an attempt to reinvent the city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_button dimension=”three” size=”large” outline_skin=”dark” outline_active_color=”#fff” outline_hover_color=”#333333″ bg_color=”#13bdd2″ text_color=”light” icon=”moon-next” url=”/living-clean-and-free/2/” target=”_self” align=”right” fullwidth=”false” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”15″ animation=”scale-up”]
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  1. I wanted to share the article “Living Clean and Free” on Facebook but couldn’t find an option on the EnergyExchange website to do so. My reason for wanting to share this, and other articles relating to the need for us to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, is my observation that very few people seem interested in doing their part to help in this endeavor.

    1. Hi Donald, we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed the article on Vancouver. The button to share the article via Facebook and other social media is just above the aerial photo of Vancouver, on the right hand side. It looks like a sideways V connected by three dots (beside the printer symbol). Thank you for reaching out and sharing!

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