About Victoria Leaf Club
Who Are We?
By Dr Thomas Petersen,
Victoria Leaf Club members comprise a motley crew. Included in the mix is a baker, a city councilor, an academic, retirees, young-family couples, and a software guru. But that diversity belies the common thread that binds: we care about the future, and we care deeply. We know that human activities are warming Planet Earth. We know that the concentration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has jumped 40% since the Industrial Revolution and is now at a level that the planet has not seen for millions of years. We know that this has put us on a trajectory for several degrees of warming globally by the end of this century. We know that over one-third of British Columbia’s carbon dioxide emissions issue directly from the tailpipes of the cars and trucks that ply our roads. And we know that this cannot go on. So we’ve taken the plunge. We’ve committed to reducing our carbon emissions by using electrons to power our cars instead of hydrocarbons. In BC, this makes much sense: more than 90% of our electricity is generated hydraulically. It’s clean, renewable power, generated in quantities more than sufficient to meet current demand. And as other renewables like wind and solar power penetrate more and more into the grid, the case for driving with electrons becomes stronger and stronger.
Electric transportation is the way of the future. Already the rate of growth of the plug-in vehicle sector in North America and elsewhere is exceeding that of light-duty vehicles –– the joy of driving electrically is catching hold. Victoria Leaf Club members experience that joy every day. We’re on the road to going carbon free. Why not travel with us?