All posts by Guy Dauncey

About Guy Dauncey

I am a speaker, author, activist and futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future and to translate that vision into action. I am founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning books Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. My latest book is 'Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible' (December 2015). www.journeytothefuture.ca For my sins, I am also an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. My main website is www.thepracticalutopian.ca.com. I live at Yellow Point, near Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Six ways to end Canada’s affordable housing crisis

From Corporate Knights magazine

Guy Dauncey’s Big Solutions: Let’s end exclusive zoning, empower non-profit developers, and use the right balance of carrots and sticks to make housing affordable

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Six ways to produce rapid affordable housing

From Corporate Knights magazine:ways to produce rapid affordable housing

Guy Dauncey’s Big Solutions: Solving Canada’s housing crisis will take time. So, what can governments do to lessen the burden for those suffering now? Click here to read the full story

Seven ways to end the climate crisis

From Corporate Knights Magazine

Guy Dauncey’s Big Solutions: We need all hands on deck to solve humanity’s greatest crisis. Click here to read the full story.

Seven ways to reduce economic inequality

From Corporate Knights Magazine

Guy Dauncey’s Big Solutions: A high level of inequality weakens public trust, causes resentment and threatens democracy. How can we reduce it?  Click here for the full story.

Seven ways to include nature in our economic choices

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Guy Dauncey’s Big Solutions: The COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal has ambitious goals. Here’s how we could embed these goals into our economies. Click here for the full story

Can We Solve the Farm Housing Problem?

First Published in Planning West (PIBC), Summer 2022

By Guy Dauncey PIBC (Hon); Rob Buchan Ph.D., FCIP, RPP; Jack Anderson MCIP, RPP; Heather Pritchard; Kent Mullinix Ph.D. August 2022

There’s a global food catastrophe coming our way, and we’re not ready for it. It’s being caused by a disastrous combination of climate-induced deluges, droughts and heat waves; the war in Ukraine; supply-chain disruptions; and food export bans by leaders who are worried about popular insurrections if they can’t feed their people. Meanwhile, farmers’ profit margins are being squeezed by the rising cost of fuel, fertilizer and animal feed.

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Looking Back to the Beginning of the Universe

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

By Guy Dauncey, August 2022

While we have been quietly growing our tomatoes, kayaking on the ocean, and working at our jobs, a team of the planet’s most brilliant people have been sending a telescope one and a half million kilometres into space.

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The Coastal Community Credit Union Election – Who to Vote For?

I am a member of the Coastal Community Credit Union (CCCU), and there’s currently an election happening in which six people are running to fill three vacant seats. 

Under the right leadership, a credit union can make a big difference, so a credit union election is also a climate election, a local food and farming election, a green economy election, and so much more.

Who should I vote for? What questions should I be asking? What should I be thinking about? The deadline for voting is next Tuesday, March 29th, so I’ve left this rather late. Sneak peak – these are my recommended candidates:

A credit union is a financial cooperative that is owned and governed by its members. When they play an active role in choosing their Directors, amazing things can happen, as Vancity demonstrates (543,000 members, 55 branches, 2,675 employees). During 2021: 

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Hawai’i Kōnea: A Story from the Future  

Honolulu, January 16th, 2193

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It’s sunset, at the end of another beautiful day in Honolulu. The high tide is arguing with the seawall, which was raised another metre last year to protect the Capitol Building – but what’s new? They’re still not on good terms with each other.

My name is Ben Danner-Pualani, and tomorrow I will give the biggest speech of my life in front of all my peers. They say it will be broadcast to every schoolchild. I’m 87, and for my sins I have been granted the pomposity of being a Senator, so I’ve seen a bit, but this has the butterflies crawling all over my poor weak heart, under my great grandfather’s ancient robe.

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Can you help me raise $25,000 for the West Coast Climate Action Network?

Dear Friends,

Throughout this year, I have been working hard to establish the West Coast Climate Action Network (WE-CAN), the biggest initiative I have ever founded. www.westcoastclimateaction.ca


The climate emergency is relentlessly real, and through WE-CAN we are supporting all of BC’s 350+ climate action groups and organizations, amplifying their messages and encouraging people to sign onto their calls for climate action.

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