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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 May 11
Newspaper pages. Image credit: AbsolutVision/Unsplash
Robert Hackett, Hanna Araza | Canada's news media, like its economy, are historically and culturally linked to extractivism.
Blog - Greening the News May 10
Person stands in front of display of newspaper broadsheets. Image credit: Jason Franson/ Postmedia via Capital Ideas Edmonton/Flickr
Robert Hackett, Hanna Araza | If Canadians want a conversation about energy and climate policy undistorted by big oil's outsized influence, newspapers still matter.
Blog - Greening the News April 21
Jagmeet Singh virtually attends 2021 NDP convention. Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Robert Hackett | Is the NDP a party, or a movement? And does it matter? At a time of climate emergency, it does.
Blog - Greening the News October 22
BC NDP Leader John Horgan flanked by candidate Bowinn Ma on campaign trail on September 29, 2020. Image: John Horgan/Twitter
Robert Hackett | Despite the promises made while in opposition, and some positive steps, the Horgan government's environmental policy seems to be: pick low-hanging fruit, but don't offend corporate carbon capital.
Blog - Greening the News September 28
Image: Ella Ivanescu/Unsplash​
Robert Hackett | Interviews with five of Canada's environmentalist voices -- David Suzuki, Catherine McKenna, Graham Saul, Bruce Lourie and Tzeporah Berman -- on strategies and options for a green recovery.
Blog - Greening the News February 22
Wet'suwet'en solidarity event in Toronto on February 8, 2020. Image: Jason Hargrove/Flickr
Robert Hackett | The solidarity blockades may indicate a political tipping point in the struggle against extractivism and climate change. But corporate media and their paid pundits don't get it.
Blog - Greening the News November 28
Jagmeet Singh at climate strike in Victoria, B.C., Sept. 29, 2019.Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Robert Hackett | With one single pro-climate act, Singh could show a firm commitment to a fundamental plank in the NDP's platform -- to end subsidies to fossil fuels.
Blog - Greening the News November 11
Poppies on National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Robbie/Flickr
Robert Hackett | When we commemorate the sacrifices of Canadians who have gone to battle over the years, let's honour not only the soldiers, but those who take risks to prevent war or to repair its damage.
Blog - Greening the News September 27
Image: Angelika Hackett
Robert Hackett | Across New Zealand, a reported 170,000 people took part in the climate strike. That's about 3.4 per cent of the population -- one of the largest protests in the country's history.
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.