David Chernushenko is one of Ottawa's best-known environmentalists. Just last year, he completed a stint as the federal Green Party's deputy leader. In 2004 and 2006, Chernushenko ran in federal elections in Ottawa Centre and, buoyed by support in his neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South, finished a respectable fourth in both campaigns.
Recently, Chernushenko set off on a European odyssey that took him to cities primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Sweden, but also in Italy. His mission was to treat each destination as a case study in successful sustainability policy. He wrote a blog for the Ottawa Citizen's website and is in the process of putting together a film chronicling his findings.
[Chernushenko is also screening a film about sustainable living in Ottawa entitled Be the Change (You Wish to See) at Carleton University's Minto Theatre on June 20.]
Like many Canadians, Chernushenko had heard Cinderella stories of European efforts to live much more sustainability than North Americans.
"(I wanted) to see if these places are all they’re cracked up to be, see if we really can look to Europe for great leadership on a range of environmental and sustainability questions," he says.
This is the first in a series of posts that features Chernushenko reflecting on his observations in Europe and suggesting how Ottawa might benefit from several overseas examples.
Part One of David Chernushenko's Reflections on Ottawa Transit, a TransitOttawa.ca exclusive:
Part One: Introduction
Part Two: Cycling
Part Three: Inside the Greenbelt
Part Four: Serving the suburbs
Part Five: Ottawa's subway