We’ve Moved!

Please check out our new site at www.climatecafes.ca. It’s new, cool and flashy – we hope you like it!


Living Car Free Cafe

Owning a car is not only bad for the environment, it’s bad for your pocket book, but living without one is not always easy. For those who need more convenience and flexibility than walking, biking or public transit can provide, car sharing is a practical alternative.

Join Climate Cafes for a discussion of the various challenges and opportunities in leading a car free lifestyle and find out if car sharing is right for you. Tracey Axelsson, founder and director of the first English speaking car co-op in the world, The Co-operative Auto Network, will be present to explain the mechanics and history of car sharing and co-ops.

Living Car Free Cafe
Date: May 20, 7pm
Location: Bean Around the World (2528 Main Street at Broadway)

Making our homes more energy efficient!

Due to popular demand it’s back! Join BC Hydro Powersmart expert Steve Higginbottom for a scintillating discussion on how to make your home powersmart.

What: Energy Budget Cafe

Date: Monday, April 28, 7pm

Location: Java Hut (797 west 16th ave) between Oak and Cambie

Join us and share your ideas, pose your questions and learn some new tips from our guest speaker. Want to come, but can’t make it next Monday? Check back on our site – soon to have a complete makeover – for some of the pearls of knowledge gleamed from the evening.

Climate Cafes in the Vancouver Sun



If you had a chance to flip through the Vancouver Sun this weekend, you might have noticed an article on local environmental initiatives. Guess who the article was about? Here’s an excerpt:

 “The cafes aren’t as much awareness-raising as they are empowering people to act,” says Heather Harrison, one of the society’s eight volunteer organizers.

Run by a steering committee of eight and with a small grant from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Climate Cafes usually advertises monthly events on its website. Held in a different Vancouver neighbourhood each month, the Climate Cafe meetings usually rely on the pedestrian power of volunteers to put up posters in the area surrounding the venue.”

 Check out the whole article by clicking here.

Upcoming events

Tuesday night’s Cafe at the Bump and Grind on Commercial was a great sucess thanks to the many who came out to join us! A big thanks goes to Ian Bruce from the David Suzuki Foundation for stepping up and answering and addressing the tough quesitons -and hopefully shedding light onto BC’s Carbon Tax.

Keep visiting the site to read about our discussion during the Carbon Tax Cafe, and jot down the following events coming up in the area. We hope to see everyone back for our Cafe in April!

March 25, 2008 -Meeting to save the Pitt River at Pitt Meadows Secondary School (19438 116B Avenue, Pitt Meadows). Buses provided by Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Phone 604-683-8220 for details or visit http://www.ourrivers.ca

April 8, 2008 -Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots: Youth Action Workshop at Science World 8:45am-3pm. This event is open to school children ages 12-17 and you can register online at:


For more information visit:


Swallow a Raisin; Gain a little Reason

With Books like The 100-Mile Diet and The Omnivores Dilemma plugging in popular culture to the connection between quality of food and the health of the planet, it was only a matter of time before the Climate Café Collective hosted an evening on food consumption. During the last Café (Eat Locally, Think Globally), guest speaker Christina Beaudoins of Slow Food Vancouver conducted an experiment. She offered everyone at the meeting a plump, organic raisin. After asking us to place the raisin in our mouth but not to swallow, Christina asked everyone to consider the texture, size and finally the taste of the raisin. Only after several minutes were we allowed to swallow. I, for one, had to consciously hold-back from swallowing the sweet little treat that was in my mouth. I just wasn’t used to eating slowly. The experience lingered with me and a few days later, when I succumbed to the convenience and speed of a fast-food meal, I decided to put Christina’s experiment to the test with an out-of-the-bag burger and fries. What I learned was this: not only do the makers of fast-food expect you to eat their “food” quickly; they also depend on it. Although fast food fills you quickly, it doesn’t exactly provide the kind of tastes you want hanging around your mouth. So the next time you pull away from the drive thru, take a bite and hold it in your mouth for no less than two minutes. Explore its texture, shape and taste and then decide if you want to swallow.

(If you’d like to learn more about the SlowFood movement here in Vancouver, visit http://www.slowfoodvancouver.com/.

Slow Food Vancouver leader Christina Beaudoins also suggests visiting these websites if you’re looking for helpful resources to begin, sustain, and enjoy a slower lifestyle.)



Want to do more?

Ever feel like you want to do more to reduce your contribution to global warming? Ever feel like you want to talk about climate change with your friends, family and colleagues? Do you want to do it in a friendly, social environment – like in the comfort of your own home? Want to host a HouseCooling party?

Climate Cafes has recently partnered with Sierra Club BC to offer you just this type of program. HouseCooling parties are organized by yourself, your close friends and/or family, in order to discuss climate change with the help of Sierra’s resource kit provided to you for free. With the help of a Sierra expert on the phone, you will be well on your way to reducing your own carbon emissions. And if you and your group want to have regular parties you can form your own CERCle (Carbon Emission Reduction Club) which, with the help of Sierra, will be able to commit to long term group goals of reducing your overall carbon footprints.

If you want to participate email (cercles@sierraclub.bc.ca) or check out the website in the links section (Sierra CERCles).

Second Cafe Success

We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out to our second cafe! You helped to make it a great success. A very special thanks to our two guests: Christina Beaudoins and Will Cole-Hamilton who’s interesting stories and wealth of knowledge helped shed light upon this issues of Climate Change and the food we eat. Keep visiting the site over the next few days as we will be updating our posts and filling in information discussed at the cafe. Until then, happy local eating!

Tuesday’s Cafe guests

This Tuesday we will be kicking off the climate café with Slow Food Vancouver’s leader Christina Beaudoins. Christina is the leader of Slow Food Vancouver is part of the Slow Food International Movement, an association of over 80,000 members in over 100 countries. She will be speaking for a short while to our group about the challenges and rewards of local eating and consumption as well as what exactly the slow food movement is all about. Following her short presentation we will have a facilitated discussion with participants about easy ways we can all work towards minimizing our environmental impact when eating.

We expect some other pivotal local people to be there, like Will Cole-Hamilton. Along with being busy parents, Will and his partner Shannon are the owners of the art house Cinephile Video Store and Mainly Organics – an organic and natural food store just 2 blocks south of The Grind where the event is happening. Will and Shannon also founded the Learning Climate Educational Society last year, contributing to the great momentum to educate and take action on climate change.

I am looking forward to my first Climate Café. Hope to see you there!

BC’s “Green” Budget

Are you interested in learning more about what BC’s provincial government has planned for the environment? The news and more information about the “green budget” can be found at


Check it out. Let us know what you think. Will the carbon tax change people’s behaviour and get them out of their cars?