The Time to act is NOW!

‘Before the Flood’ movie: “Follow Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the globe to witness first hand the devastating effects of climate change and what can be done to solve the climate crisis.”

I watched ‘Before the Flood‘ yesterday, the first day of its screening. Together with about 88,000 people on YouTube alone. When I was done, the movie had 150,000 views. This morning, it had over 1,5 mio views! And that’s just on YouTube and it’s just the beginning.

Have YOU watched it yet?

I’m so, so glad that people are paying attention. Kudos and a big ‘Thank-you’ to the makers of ‘Before the Flood’. And a special ‘Thank-you!’ for making it available to the world for free. I would have gladly paid my movie ticket to watch it, but to reach the masses, providing it for free was the way to go. Well done!

A lot of things went through my head last night, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone. I’m taking four main things with me:

  • It is important to ACT FAST. Climate change is not new, it’s been known to be happening for decades. But now we’re running out of time, we only have a small window of opportunity left to transition back to a safe world.
  • It is important to ACT GLOBALLY. The documentary was translated into 47 languages, now it’s up to us all to share it as much as possible with the rest of the world and to join ranks and start acting to facilitate change.
  • It is important to STOP MAKING EXCUSES. No more ‘expecting others to do something first or do things better’. No more denial, blaming, finger-pointing, delaying. The buck stops right here, with each and every one of us. Now.
  • We as INDIVIDUALS are MORE POWERFUL than we think:
    • We have the BUYING POWER – If we stop buying the products that are destroying the planet, stop buying from the companies that are destroying the planet, the companies will have to change their ways or they will go bust. We can direct our money towards the companies and the products that take good care of this world.
    • Our VOICE has POWER, especially in the era of Social Media. It is so much easier now than ever before to let the politicians know what we expect them to do. It is up to us to demand faster and more powerful actions, not just every few years with our vote, but in a much more timely manner. And much more often.

I won’t go into the details of what the documentary shows, you NEED TO watch it for yourself. The video footage will make you understand more than any words ever could how bad the situation is. On the documentary’s web site, you will find suggestions to help you figure out what you can do to counteract climate change. Whatever works for you, every little action counts.

Please join us in sharing this documentary with the world and in changing our ways so that this planet will remain livable for future generations. Join FIGHT THE FLOOD.

Let’s not go down in history as the last generation that could have made a change and didn’t.

Thank you in the name of future generations.

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Do You care about your Kids’ Future?

Hello from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, we have arrived. 🙂 We will soon store our car and trailer for the winter season until next spring, when we will return home to Victoria BC via California! We have now done 24,000km/15,000mi in our electric car pulling a camping trailer, promoting sustainable energy and transportation along the way, and will take a little winter break.

Before that, I’d like to share some important information with you:

On October 30, the National Geographic Documentary “Before the Flood” will air on the National Geographic Channel worldwide, in 171 countries and 45 languages. It will also be available for viewing free of charge on many online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more .

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Please find the movie’s trailer here and the links to the online platforms here.

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.”

We, Rolf and I, believe it is important for EVERYBODY on this planet to watch this documentary, because ALL OF US are needed to ensure that this planet remains livable for future generations.

In this regard, I hope that especially parents and grandparents will take the time to watch it, since it’s about their children’s and grandchildren’s future. 

“We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Please share with people you know. This concerns us all. We need to act NOW.

Thank you, Rolf & Silke.

TeslaXCanada continues…

Okay, I took a little ‘Blogging break’ after our cross Canada trip, hanging out around Nova Scotia and enjoying a beautiful Indian Summer in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont – even visiting as far South as Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Indian Summer had been on our bucket list, just like the cross Canada trip. Just like that cross-country trip, we never thought we’d do it in a 100% electric car with camping trailer. 😉

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Adding some of my Indian Summer photos to this post, taken all over the New England States these past few weeks.

During that time, we kept asking ourselves, what next? Continue reading

Ken & Anne, Hillsboro OR

Ken commented on our 11th Electric Week post on August 31:

“We loved reading your blog and seeing the videos. If I was able to post a picture here it would be of the EV we brought home today; a 2016 Kia Soul EV+, fueled from our 6.12 kWh solar array. It’s parked next to our Highlander Hybrid “road trip” car. We have long been inspired and your adventure sets our goals a little higher. Thank you for sharing it.”

Here’s his photo, which Ken later emailed to us. Thank you, Ken and Anne, for your kind words. Great to hear you’re running electric and solar! Happy and safe EV travelling to you both and tons of sunshine! 😉 Rolf & Silke

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Please share your EV or solar story with us! Simply email TeslaXCanada@gmail.com with your story and photo. Thank you!

12th Electric Week: Newfoundland

We made it! After a week driving from Channel-Port aux Basques to St. John’s, we arrived at our final destination: Thanks to Jon Seary and his family, we got a convoy to Mile Zero where we were welcomed by Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth.

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Mile Zero in St. John’s NL: I’m standing on the dot, Rolf has one foot at Cape Spear and Kye sits on Victoria BC 😉

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11th Electric Week: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

What a whirlwind week this last one has been. So sad that we have to rush, but ‘Argentia-Ferry and Campground Season’ in Newfoundland will be over soon, so we have to get going.

All three provinces will stay with me as a time when I could walk Kye again the way he deserves it. It simply so happened that there were always trails close to our campgrounds. I’m very, very glad and grateful for that! I cherish those first-thing-in-the-morning walks with Kye, they are my ‘mediation in motion’. I miss Victoria BC the most when I can’t have that. Kye has been an amazing travel companion, never heard ‘are we there yet?!’ 😉 , not even a peep, and we have to thank him for so many, many laughs.

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Loving my walks with Kye!

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We wish we could have spent more time in New Brunswick. Given that it borders on Quebec, it’s surprising to see the difference in EV coverage and charging infrastructure. Continue reading

Share your EV Enthusiasm on Sep 18!

Help us share the message that Electric Vehicles are here NOW and that they are a true alternative to regular gas cars.

You may have heard that Drive Electric Week is coming up across North America September 10-18. Our hometown, Victoria BC, will have their own version of Drive Electric Week:

Drive Electric Victoria BC

18 September 10am-4pm

3960 Quadra St.

(rear parking lot, close to Quadra/McKenzie)

 

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There will be:

  • Electric Vehicle static displays (parked cars with owners nearby to answer questions),
  • Owners offering 5-10 minute EV rides (owner driving)
  • Owners offering 5-10 minute EV test drives (owner in the front passenger seat)

To offer all this, Drive Electric Victoria needs to build a decent size fleet of electric cars available on the 18th. Would you like to be part of that, bringing your electric car for one of the above activities?

Please contact our friend Jeremey at jeremey.janzen@me.com / 250.721.2738 if you have questions or would like to volunteer as a display host, ride-giver, or test drive-giver.

Rolf, Kye and I will be in Nova Scotia that week and will miss the opportunity to show our car and trailer in Victoria BC. The more we’re hoping that you will be there to support Jeremey in spreading our joint message. If you cannot display your own electric car, please still spread the word about the event, it’s free to the public.

Thank you! We count on you to represent us!

Silke, Rolf & Kye