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Greening the News

The basic premise of Greening the News is simple: if we want a greener planet and a sustainable future, we need better media. I'm concerned with the intersection (collision?) of environment/energy/climate issues, with the structures and practices of journalism and media. The blog also offers relevant political and personal reflections, and perhaps the occasional rant -- the corporate media sometimes deserve no less.

Blog - Greening the News August 18
A 2011 oil tank fire in Gibraltar. The Trans Mountain pipeline extension would increase the risk of such fires at the pipeline's terminus in Burnaby, B.C. Image: Moshi Anahory/Wikimedia Commons
Robert Hackett | The bitumen-bearing pipeline depends on taxpayer subsidies. Now, emerging campaigns aim to stop those subsidies -- and to re-align energy and climate policy with Canada's best values.
Blog - Greening the News July 24
Fossil fuel free rally, Edinburgh. Photo: Colin Hattersley Photography/Friends of the Earth Scotland/Flickr
Robert Hackett | There are many antidotes to paralysis in the face of climate crisis. Principles, payback and other motivations can spark action as much as hope.
Blog - Greening the News July 6
Image: Pixabay
Robert Hackett | People who use fossil fuels while advocating for green policies aren't hypocrites.
Blog - Greening the News June 7
Image: Tom Ipri/Flickr
Robert Hackett, Noam Chomsky | ​Noam Chomsky discusses how activism for better media could help mitigate climate crisis.
Blog - Greening the News June 6
Image: Andrew Rusk/Flickr​
Robert Hackett, Noam Chomsky | In the first part of a two-part interview, Noam Chomsky critiques the corporate media coverage of climate crisis for failing to offer urgency and empowerment.
Blog - Greening the News May 28
Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
Robert Hackett | Climate action involves challenging the petrobloc, including corporate media. Independent media that diversify debate deserve policy support as a public good.