Challenge met, and accepted

Challenge met, and accepted As a past resident of the Yukon territory, and still with a great affinity towards the vast wilderness, I constantly go to anything I find in print or online that deals with the Yukon. I read the Yukon newspapers at least a f

As a past resident of the Yukon territory, and still with a great affinity towards the vast wilderness, I constantly go to anything I find in print or online that deals with the Yukon.

I read the Yukon newspapers at least a few times a week just to live vicariously in some of the places I remember.

Imagine my surprise to come across the Kitchen-Kuiack energy challenge online.

It’s a most intriguing view into how a family can take real steps to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve precious resources and utilize technology to wrestle these concerns to the ground.

As a building manager here in Ottawa of almost 400,000 square feet of space with very large hydro and gas bills, anything that can help me reduce my power consumption is greatly welcomed, and discovering this online, as a true Yukon experience, is exhilarating.

I am amazed at the efforts this family is putting in on a daily basis to take reduction of energy to a new high and discover alternate methods to drive down their carbon footprint.

You can join Brian, Marguerite, Simone and Marika online at: http://energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca/home/household/263.

Considering they get their household water right out of the Yukon River, this must give them sourdough status.

I thank them for their efforts to advance energy reduction on a global front, and my opportunity to visit the Yukon they represent that still looms large in my mind’s eye.

And I will continue to “drop in” on them as they speed to the conclusion of their energy challenge.

Pat Bourke

Ottawa, Ontario