About The Energy Mix

What We Do

The Energy Mix is published by Energy Mix Productions Inc., a Canadian non-profit that promotes community awareness of, engagement in, and action on climate change, energy, and the shift off carbon. We’re headquartered on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabe territory, also known as Ottawa. We respect the sovereignty of the many Indigenous peoples and communities on whose land our work takes place.

Everything we do is meant to bring the climate news you need to a wider community.

Since May 2014, we’ve summarized the best of that material in a free e-digest that you can request direct to your email inbox.

Each week, we scan 1,200 or more news headlines to find the groundbreaking, provocative, hopeful, or sobering stories that help you make sense of a complex, fast-moving issue.

We produce original news reporting, analysis, and exposés to shine a light on the urgency of the climate emergency, the successes in getting the crisis under control, and the obstacles that still stand in the way.

We act as a centring point—in functional terms, an aggregator and a rewrite desk—for the avalanche of climate news that appears every morning, making it easier to track the most important stories and cut through the backlog on email and social media.

Then we archive all our stories on this indexed, searchable site.

We’re testing a new approach to opinion leader journalism where we identify audiences that can have disproportionate influence in driving faster, deeper carbon cuts, then deliver the content and analysis that will help them get that work done.

And we’re a bit of an experiment in new media, using a journalist’s commitment to facts and evidence as a tool to support faster, deeper emission cuts.

We’re proud members of Climate Action Network-Canada, unlike a traditional news outlet that would stay one step removed from any news source.

We’re a part of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and the Online News Association, unlike a full-fledged environmental NGO that wouldn’t usually declare itself media.

Straddling that line has turned out to be a great vantage point to track a large, complex, global crisis, tell the story of the effort to solve it, and help readers find the best way to make a difference.

Who We Are

The Energy Mix is produced by:

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Mitchell Beer

Publisher

PPM at birth: 317

Mitchell is founding publisher and managing editor of The Energy Mix. He is rumoured to be a frighteningly fast writer, after working seven years as a journalist, 35-plus as a commercial writer, and 40-plus as a sustainable energy and climate specialist. In October, 2019, he delivered a TEDx Ottawa talk on building wider public support for faster, deeper carbon cuts

Passions: Energy and climate solutions, clear writing (from other writers), improv comedy.

Proud moment: Building a model wind turbine out of wooden stir sticks with his daughter when she was 11 years old.

Favourite quote: “The plural of anecdote is not evidence.”

Climate action superpower:Imagining how “unusual suspects” can see themselves in a picture of a post-carbon future, then putting a foundation under the idea. Helping people balance climate anxiety with climate solutions, and vice versa.

Email: mitchell<@>theenergymix.com

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Muriel Vincent

Audience Development Manager

PPM at birth: 353

Muriel is the Audience Development Manager at The Energy Mix. She is an experienced environment and communications manager who is always on the lookout for innovative ways to communicate on the climate crisis.

Passions: Climate justice, listening to podcasts, writing.

Proudest moment: Moving across the world (not once, but twice!) by herself.

Climate action superpower: Using strategic communications whenever she can to bring awareness to the ways institutions and individuals can divest from fossil fuels.

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Gaye Taylor

Senior Writer

PPM at birth: 320

Gaye is a senior writer for The Mix. She has been a climate activist for more than 10 years, often via the written word, and is a former part-time English professor at the University of Ottawa.

Passions: Winter, oceans, poetry, and riding her bike.

Proudest moment: Watching her daughter, then age 10, speak before a crowd of 10,000 at the 100% Possible rally held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in November 2015, a few days before the signing of the Paris Agreement.

Favourite quote: “Have courage, and be kind.”

Climate action superpower: Claims not to have climate action superpower. Does carry a gorgeous, bright yellow umbrella that keeps out the rain and wind and doubles as a stick with which to (gently) whack climate deniers.

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Chris Bonasia

Staff Writer

PPM at birth: 355

Chris is a staff writer for The Energy Mix. He has several years’ experience sustainably raising livestock and works to make the policy process more accessible to farmers.

Passions: Canoeing, history.

Proudest moment: Becoming a father.

Climate action superpower: Grazing sheep in pasture-based systems to sequester carbon in soils.

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Fardia Hussain

Copy Editor

PPM at birth: 341

Farida has worked as a writer and editor in the media and journalism fields for nearly 10 years. She joined The Energy Mix in 2021 hoping to make a small contribution where it matters. Farida holds a Master of Journalism degree and aspires to report on sustainability and social justice as soon as she (imminently) gets her act together.

Passions: Short stories, history, rare eight-hour nights of sleep.

Proud moment: Bicycled from Vancouver to Seattle without GPS (spent the night in a post office, but hey, what’s life without a few wrong turns?)

Climate action superpower: Practitioner of the lost arts of walking places and mending things.

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Munisha Tumato

Copy Editor

PPM at birth: 336

Munsha is a copy editor for The Energy Mix who lives as a settler on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxw.7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. She has worked as a journalist, communications strategist, and writer for the past 15 years. She also purposefully veered off her career path to cultivate a relationship with the land as an organic farmer and an ecology educator in the public school system.

Passions: Climate justice, regenerative agriculture, human rights, anti-racism, decolonization, sustainable lifestyles.

Proudest moment: Birthing my babies at home.

Climate action superpower: The ability to work conceptually and literally—hands in the dirt—on advancing sustainable living.

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Aarthika Uthayananthan

Audience Development Intern

PPM at birth: 360.19

Aarthy is the Audience Development Intern at the Energy Mix. She holds a masters degree in Climate Change, has a strong passion for social media, and hopes to combine both passions into creating engaging content and increasing awareness about climate change to new audiences. She has also worked for numerous non-profits all across Ontario.

Passions: Reading, art, climate change adaptation, collecting old coins

Proud moment: Completing her masters degree.

Climate action superpower: She’s still working on it, but for now she’d say, utilizing media to express the importance of the climate crisis.

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Melissa Edwards

Editorial Advisor

PPM at birth: 325

Melissa is an editorial advisor for The Energy Mix. She has worked in editing and publishing for nearly 25 years, and has been engaged with climate action since she was a teen volunteer helping to launch and run her high school’s first paper recycling program in 1987.

Passions: Human rights, sustainable living, language, feminism, and being outdoors.

Proud moment: Taking her first multi-day kayak trip in Desolation Sound, and handling big chop with aplomb.

Climate action superpower: Learning, adapting, and understanding how small daily decisions can add up to positive change.

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Eric Lukazewski

Webmaster

PPM at birth: 341

Eric is the digital manager of The Energy Mix, including the website and e-digest. He has 20 years of experience in branding, graphic design, web development and email marketing communication.

Passions: Baseball, art, music and whiskey.

Proudest moment: Marrying his wife, Sarah.

Climate action superpower: Exploring the environmental impacts of animal agriculture and promoting vegetarian/vegan alternatives.

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Clifford Maynes

Editorial Contributor

PPM at birth: 312

Clifford is an editorial contributor to The Energy Mix. He is a long-time writer and editor, specializing in environmental topics. He was founding executive director of Green Communities Canada, which he led for 25 years. He also spent 18 years on the board of his local electric and water utility in Peterborough, Ontario.

Passions: Music, including guitar, mandolin, lap steel.

Proudest moment: Birth of his sons.

Climate action superpower: Our renewable electricity future.

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Bill Eggertson

Freelance Writer and Analyst

PPM at birth: 308

Bill has written about renewable energies and climate in Canada and abroad since 1985.

Passions: Demonstrating how NetZeroPlus is the key to sustainability and how easy it is to achieve.

Proudest moment: Renovating his former home into the top 20 energy-efficient homes in Canada.

Climate action superpower: Obviously none, because I have not yet changed the world.

The Climate News Network team

In September, 2021, The Energy Mix merged with the United Kingdom-based Climate News Network and welcomed four colleagues with well over a century of combined experience in journalism and journalism training.

The Network was launched in 2014 after a discussion about think tanks funded by the fossil fuel lobby pushing out propaganda designed to sow doubt on climate science. Its objective was to redress the balance and give developing world journalists (who the founding editors had trained) an accurate daily news service on climate and related subjects like energy, biodiversity, and food supply.

Two members of the Energy Mix/Climate News Network team, Alex Kirby and Paul Brown, enabled our Ottawa-based news site to deliver daily, on-the-ground coverage of the 2021 United Nations climate summit, COP 26, in Glasgow, Scotland—without emitting a single gram of carbon dioxide for air travel.

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Alex Kirby

Journalist

Alex began in journalism as a Reuters stringer in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It’s been downhill ever since, though 26 years at the BBC let him pay the rent. He’s spent the last eight years learning the job from his youngers and betters.

Passions: The British countryside and its pubs.

Proud moment: Writing several stories which prompted changes in government policies on poverty, nuclear power, and human rights. Oh, and whales. The rest of the job was inconsequential fun.

Favourite quote: From a colleague who remained in Baghdad as the first Gulf War began: “I stayed to tell our listeners what was happening in their name.”

Climate action superpower: (Remembering the question every journalist should ask themselves before doing an interview): Why is this lying ******* telling me this particular lie at this particular moment?”

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Tim Radford

Journalist

Journalist from the age of 16 in weekly, evening, and daily newspapers, first in New Zealand and then the UK. He was, successively, letters editor, arts editor, literary editor, and science editor of the Guardian, with a brief 1970s career as a film critic too. He has also written for, among other journals, Nature, the Lancet, and the London Review of Books. His appetite for climate science dates from the 1988 Toronto Conference on the Changing Atmosphere.

Passions: Books, walking, travel, family.

Favourite quote: “In a democracy, scientists have an obligation to explain their science. Unfortunately, there is no corresponding obligation to listen. That’s where we come in.”

Climate action superpower: Fear of failure. Another self-quote: “My experience of journalism is if you’re not hounded by fear, panic, and a profound sense of inadequacy, then you’re doing it wrong.”

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Paul Brown

Journalist

Paul Brown worked as a reporter and news editor on a number of British regional and national newspapers for 40 years, leaving the Guardian in August 2005 after 24 years, 16 as environment correspondent. He has written nine books, four for children, mostly about environmental subjects.

Paul has taught journalism in more than 25 countries over the last 10 years for the Guardian Foundation and the United National Environment Programme.

Our Board of Directors is:

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Mitchell Beer

Mitchell is founding publisher and managing editor of The Energy Mix. He is rumoured to be a frighteningly fast writer, after working seven years as a journalist, 35-plus as a commercial writer, and 40-plus as a sustainable energy and climate specialist. In October, 2019, he delivered a TEDx Ottawa talk on building wider public support for faster, deeper carbon cuts

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Vicky Coo

Vicky is communications lead at Climate Action Network Canada and a graduate of the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), where she studied international development and contemporary studies. Vicky has worked with a range of organizations focussing on climate action, food security, and children’s rights, as well as with obscure theatre companies and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures and tries with limited success to keep her plants alive.

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Stephen Hazell M.Sc. LL.B.

Stephen is an environmental lawyer and founder of Ecovision. He served as executive director of Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, as a partner and counsel with a leading Ottawa-based energy and environmental consulting firm, and as director of a federal environmental regulatory program. Stephen was policy director and general counsel at Nature Canada until December 2019, and continues to serve there as emeritus counsel. He has taught environmental law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

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Jen Lash

Jen Lash, principal of Sisu Consulting, has worked on conservation issues in Canada for over 25 years. She works with First Nations and ENGOs to address climate change issues and promote the transition to a clean energy economy. Jen collaborates with partners across Canada to stop the development of fossil fuel infrastructure, implement climate policies that ensure Canada meets its Paris targets, and help shape new environmental legislation. Jen lives in British Columbia and is often joined on conference calls by her dog Juno.

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Julie McCann

Julie has been a full-time journalism professor at Algonquin College since 2003. She’s a former staff writer at National Post Business magazine, a contributor to Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Applied Arts, the Montreal Gazette, and the Ottawa Citizen, and former managing editor of a Canadian in-flight magazine and staff writer at Marketing Magazine. She holds a B.A.A. in journalism (magazine) from Metropolitan University and an M.J. from Carleton University.

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Sheila Regehr

Sheila is co-chair of the Basic Income Canada Network and former executive director of the National Council of Welfare. Her 29 years of federal public service spanned front-line work, policy analysis and development, international relations, and senior management, with a focus on improving fairness and equality, and on gender and race in particular. She has policy expertise in areas of income security and taxation, such as child tax benefits, child support, maternity/parental benefits, pensions, and social assistance. Her insight also comes from experiencing poverty as a young parent. Sheila is grateful, in her retirement, to have resources, time, and health to do volunteer work and help care for twin grandsons.

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Kim Scott, MSc

Kim is a performance measurement specialist with a keen interest in the nexus between human health, energy democracy, and sustainability. She is the founder of Kishk Anaquot Health Research, an Indigenous-owned and -operated consultancy, co-chair of the Advisory Council for the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, and a member of the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network. She currently serves as an external member of the departmental audit committees for Global Affairs Canada and Parks Canada. She supports the strategic direction of the National Collaborating Center on Determinants of Health and the development of a governance structure for the Ărramăt research project on conservation, biodiversity, and health. A life-long supporter of solar energy, she has designed and built a passive solar home, systematically reduced her own carbon footprint into carbon-negative territory, and is in the process of continuing to alter her lifestyle to live on the resources of one earth.

Using Our Content

Our content is here to be used and shared. So please do! If you republish or summarize one of our stories, please include a credit line with a link back to the original story page.

Submitting Content

If you see news happening, or want to submit a story or an idea, we want to hear from you. But please read these instructions first.

Each week, we scan more than 1,200 headlines to come up with our initial story lineup. From that wider pool of content, we distill the 36 original stories or curated news summaries that fill out our digest.

So space limitations are one of the guiding realities for every edition of The Energy Mix.

We welcome ideas that:

  • Are substantive, not promotional
  • Address one or multiple aspects of the impacts and risks of climate change, the rise of renewable energy and other climate solutions, and the accelerating collapse of the fossil industries
  • Offer a balanced, evidence-based perspective on the pathways to a post-carbon future
  • Present an unexpected or offbeat aspect of an issue that is already in circulation

It shouldn’t have to be said, but we don’t accept content that denies the reality of climate change, or the central role of human activity in triggering the climate emergency. If you try to go there, you can expect us to be terse in response. We’ll try not to mock you. (Maybe.)

You can submit a story idea in one of two ways:

  • If you see news that you think we should cover, just send us the link. We welcome, but don’t require, a cover note telling us why you think the story matters.
  • If you want us to publish your bylined story, please fill in the submission form.

If you have a story idea to submit, please observe the first rule of freelancing and use the submission form to send us a short query before you go to the trouble of writing the whole post. Your writing time is valuable, and we don’t want you putting hours into a story before giving us a chance to confirm whether we’ll consider it.

In the same spirit, we try to answer every unique query. But we ignore and delete pitches that are obviously form emails offering generic or promotional content that is not tailored to our site or our audience.

We rarely if ever have space for book reviews.

Sorry, but The Energy Mix is a non-profit publication with no budget to pay for unsolicited content.







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