Keith Brooks
Keith was born in the ‘burbs just outside Toronto, but his passion for the environment was born in a canoe on the rivers and lakes of Northern Ontario.

Once canoeing and nature had become a passion, it didn’t take long for Keith to see that the wild places and animals he’d grown so fond of were under threat, and what began as a passion then became a cause.

Keith’s concern for the environment drove him to pursue a Bachelors of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He then worked for a number of years in the environmental consulting field before enrolling at York University to pursue a Masters of Environmental Studies.

Keith’s first hand experience as an environmental scientist left him disheartened, and showed him that a lack of sound science is not at fault for the deepening environmental crisis. Our challenge is not in knowing what must be done, but in doing it. This led Keith to focus his efforts on understanding and developing strategies to overcome the barriers that keep us from doing what science tells us we must.

Keith strongly believes that Canadians are being sold a line about having to choose between the environment and the economy. Obviously, we can and must have both. And it is this outlook which ultimately led Keith to his current role as the Director of the Clean Economy Program at Environmental Defence.

Entries by Keith Brooks

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

(54) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Ontario is already a leader on climate action. Now the province is ready to go further.

Some months ago, the province committed to developing a climate strategy to further reduce carbon emissions. As part of that strategy, Ontario committed to putting a price on carbon. Following that,...

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It's Time to Ditch the Tar Sands Economic Plan

(25) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Oil prices are at a five-year low, and that's having some big impacts on the Canadian economy.

The Toronto Stock Exchange is plummeting in lock step with the fall in oil prices. The loonie is heading in the same direction, hopefully putting to bed any...

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Why Environmentalists Are Optimists, Not Haters

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:23 PM

When environmentalists ring alarm bells about climate change, endangered species, oceans at risk or other unsustainable trends, we're routinely pegged as pessimists, alarmists, or catastrophists.

Just last week, the authors of a NASA-funded report were called "doomsayers" because they said that widening income inequality and environmental...

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Energy Conservation is Common Sense For Ontario

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 6:23 PM

What's stopping Ontario from creating 25,000 jobs while slashing government deficits, boosting GDP by almost $4-billion and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by nine per cent? Not much, really.

To make this happen, it's a matter of doing more of the things we all do every day: turning off lights, insulating,...

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The Carbon Bubble: Another Flaw With the All-Oil Strategy

(24) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The evidence keeps coming in: Ottawa's all-oil economic strategy is seriously flawed.

According to a report released last week, we could be headed for another financial crisis as a result of over-valued energy stocks that are giving rise to a growing "carbon bubble."

The problem...

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It's Time to Wean the Economy Off Oil

(16) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 5:29 PM

It's becoming clear that the promise of oil-induced riches isn't a sure thing, despite the oil lobby's mantra over the last few years.

The conventional wisdom has held that the world needs our oil and that it would be foolish to leave such wealth in the ground. Forget the downsides...

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The Key to Creating 18,000 New Canadian Jobs

(6) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Just because a person says something over and over doesn't mean it's true. Take, for example, the assertion that Canada should put the pedal-to-the-metal in the oil sands because the economic benefits outweigh the environmental costs.

As a report released today shows, that argument simply...

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Can Canada Really Be an "Energy Superpower"

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Earlier this week, one of the most respected energy forecasters, the Paris-based International Energy Agency, released a bomb-shell report with some pretty serious implications for Canada.

The most stunning projection is that according to the IEA's analysis, the U.S. is set to top Saudi Arabia in oil...

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Canada's Energy Strategy Should Not Be Oil-Soaked

(7) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Last week, a number of the members of Blue Green Canada were in Charlottetown P.E.I.

No, we weren't there for the lobster, but to make sure green jobs and climate change stay on the agenda for a Canadian energy strategy when energy ministers from across the country got...

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We Need a Canadian -- Not an Albertan -- Energy Strategy

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Although this may sound odd, we welcome Alberta Premier Alison Redford's push for a Canadian energy strategy. Which is why we, along with a number of other labour unions and environmental organizations, took out this ad in the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

Canada's premiers are meeting this week...

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Canada: Environmental Loser at Home and Abroad

(20) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 1:43 PM

In the coming days, the world's leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro to seek renewed commitment to the principles of sustainable development, in part, by embracing the notion of the green economy.

The conference, dubbed Rio+20 because it comes on the 20th anniversary of the historic Earth...

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It's the Green Economy, Stupid

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 2:46 PM

How do we pursue a green economy?

It's an interesting question, I think. And it's a question we should be asking ourselves right now.

When the economy is going through a rough patch, it tends to become the focus of our attention, often at the expense of other issues. In...

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Why We Don't Need to Choose Between the Environment and the Economy

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2011 | 8:20 AM

I've been an environmentalist for quite some time. Not surprisingly, my environmentalism has matured over the years in tandem with, or perhaps as a result of, some developments in the broader environmental movement.

When I was younger, I subscribed to the view that the economy and environment were opposing...

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Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

(18) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 9:47 AM

In recent weeks, attacks on green jobs have reached new heights. Or sunk to new lows, depending on how you look at it.

When U.S. solar darling Solyndra was forced to declare bankruptcy, detractors of green jobs seized upon it and made hay. Thankfully, some pundits have rallied to...

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Green Jobs Are Under Attack

(17) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 12:27 AM

Readers of the Globe and Mail no doubt noticed Margaret Wente's column of last week which argued that most green job schemes are failures. To be sure, she has cobbled together a list of facts and examples that support her position. However, these facts are not representative of...

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Electric Vehicles Charging Forward in Ontario

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 5:41 PM

Ontarians got some good news recently with an announcement that the government will provide $80 million to spur development and investment in electric car charging stations.

Have no doubt; electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future. From an environmental perspective, they are more...

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Green Jobs: Difficult to Assess, but a Pathway to Success

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 10:27 AM

Here at Blue Green Canada, we spend a lot of our time monitoring the growth of the green economy and tracking green jobs. One of the things we've realized is that it's not a simple task.

For one, the green economy is growing at an incredible rate...

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