October 25, 2016

The World Council of Churches is now a blue community!

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow presented a blue community certificate to the World Council of Churches at a ceremony in Geneva earlier today.

This morning Barlow tweeted:
- The World Council of Churches in Geneva is going bottled water free and installed this public water system.

A 'blue community' is a community that adopts a framework that recognizes water as a human right, opposes bottled water, and promotes publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

October 25, 2016

Part of the chapter's original letter to Saanich Council this past summer.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter has convinced Saanich Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)!

On September 3, Saanich News reported, "Following a presentation [by Ted Woynillowicz and Neil Mussell of the Victoria Chapter of the Council of Canadians] to Saanich council [on August 15], a motion was made by Coun. Colin Plant, and supported by council, to ask Woynillowicz and Mussell back."

That article adds, "The two will present at a special meeting, open to the public, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in Saanich council chambers. They will present to members of three Saanich advisory committees, Healthy Saanich, Planning, Transportation and Economic, and Environment and Natural Areas. The public will also have a chance to speak."

October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians Prince Edward Island chapter hosted a talk this evening by author-activist Gordon Laxer on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

In this book Laxer argues for the need to plan beyond the tar sands, which he refers to as the Sands. He writes, a “first step is to cap and then phase out the Sands over fifteen years [meaning by 2030], starting with the oldest projects.” And he highlights, “Canada can meet its target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent if it phases out Sands oil and relies instead on our slowly falling output of conventional oil and natural gas as transition carbon fuels to get Canadians to a low-carbon future run on renewables." The Leap Manifesto calls for a 100 per cent clean energy economy by 2050.

October 24, 2016

The Council of Canadians London chapter is organizing a "Love Letters to Wallonia" action today.

Their Facebook outreach highlights:
Join us in writing letters, sending thank you notes, sending emails, sending faxes, etc. to thank Wallonia for blocking the CETA free trade deal!
Address for mailing:
Paul Magnette, Ministre-Président
Gouvernement wallon
Rue Mazy, 25-27
5100 Namur
Fax: 011-32-81-331-366 (leave out the dashes when dialing)

October 24, 2016

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow was in Marburg, Germany today to celebrate public water.

Marburg is a university city in the German federal state of Hessen. It has a population of about 72,000 people. It is situated about 470 kilometres south-west of Berlin. Marburg Mayor Thomas Spies is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The majority in the city's 59-seat parliament is held by a coalition of SPD (22 seats) and Green Party (13 seats) members.

Barlow was welcomed by the Mayor, signed the Golden Book of Marburg, and gave a speech about public water at their City Hall.

The Golden Book is a traditional honour to welcome notable guests and has been signed by renowned figures including the Dalai Lama. The City of Marburg tweeted (in German): "Alternative Nobel Prize laureate @MaudeBarlow joins the Golden Book of the university town #Marburg".