Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has signed on to a statement seeking to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Specifically, the statement says, "On the eve of the UN Climate Conference to be held in Paris-Le Bourget, we declare our determination to keep fossil fuels in the ground. This is the only way forward. Concretely, governments have to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, and to freeze fossil fuel extraction by leaving untouched 80% of all existing fossil fuel reserves."
Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other countries – together representing more than 40 per cent of the global economy – announced the conclusion of negotiations on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership 'free trade' deal this morning. What's in that agreement and why should we be concerned?
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow introduced Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa this evening just prior to a special screening of their new film 'This Changes Everything'.
By Maude Barlow and Andrea Harden-Donahue. Published in Huffington Post, October 4, 2015
"What would induce anyone at this stage to hold on to power only to be remembered for their inability to take action when it was urgent and necessary to do so?"
Pope Francis' compelling appeal for bold leadership to act on climate change could not be further from the current Canadian political landscape.
Federal leadership on climate change has been absent so long it has become normalized. The irony of Liberal and NDP leaders chiding Harper for failing to see a oil sands pipeline project to fruition barely elicited a critical response from mainstream media. Projects like Kinder Morgan's planned expansion and TransCanada's Energy East would make meeting even our underwhelming targets for reducing climate pollution near impossible. And the few voices that dared to suggest that the tar sands were better off staying in the ground were pilloried.