Monday's march from Battery Park near the waterfront to the financial district of New York and the sit-in near Wall Street was high energy and powerful. Acknowledging the connection between capitalism, big corporations and climate change is an important part of an effective movement for climate justice and that statement was made loudly and clearly today.
The Council of Canadians is supporting the launch of a hard-hitting new video from OpenMedia.ca today.
According to OpenMedia.ca, "The video reveals how information collected by government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) can expose intimate details about Canadians’ private lives, including their financial status, medical conditions, political and religious beliefs, and even their sexual orientation. CSEC was caught red-handed spying on thousands of innocent Canadian air travelers earlier this year."
On Sunday morning, my colleague Kevin and I walked to the People's Climate March site adjacent to Central Park. We walked along dozens of city blocks that were each assigned to a different section of the march. The march was led by people on the front lines of the climate crisis: Indigenous peoples, peoples from other impacted communities, and environmental justice organizers. There were also sections for scientists, anti-corporate organizers, faith organizations, labour, women, LGBTQ people, and many other groups. I was lucky to be able to march with a large and lively delegation of Canadians in the tar sands bloc, including many other Council of Canadians members, staff and board members from across the country.
The Council of Canadians joined with more than 400,000 people participating in the People's Climate March in New York City today.
The march sent a clear message about the need for climate action on the eve of a major climate summit at the United Nations.
125 national leaders will be meeting at the UN this coming week in an effort to create momentum toward the December 2014 climate summit in Peru and ultimately 2015 climate summit in France.
That summit in Paris has been described as the last best chance for a global agreement to avert catastrophic climate change.
My name is Tracey Mitchell. I'm a community organizer and facilitator from Saskatchewan and I am in New York City for the People's Climate March. I first got involved in climate change organizing 13 years ago, when a group called The Climate Change Caravan biked across Canada and launched a bet with the Canadian government that regular Canadians could reduce their own emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol before the government would mandate such changes. I helped organize food, accommodation and logistics for the group while they were in town. I remember being scared and shocked by their presentations. I had heard about climate change before but its severity and the degree of complicity I felt in making it worse were things I was unprepared for. In particular, I remember the stats they presented on flying.