June 6, 2018

Maude Barlow has stated, "Droughts, climate change and over-extraction continue to impact our finite groundwater sources. We need to move to a bottled water free future to protect aquifers that communities rely on for drinking water."

Will the upcoming G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec discuss a plan to move us toward a bottled water free future?

The Canadian Press reports, "Doubt is percolating about Canada's ability to deliver on its two biggest environment commitments at this week's G7, with no agreement yet on a plastics waste charter and Canada's recent pipeline purchase casting a pall over its commitment to climate change."

June 6, 2018

The Council of Canadians protested outside the G7 finance ministers summit in Whistler last weekend. Just days earlier Finance Minister Bill Morneau had announced the Trudeau government would spend $4.5 billion on buying the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

A new study just released by four organizations - the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Overseas Development Institute, and Oil Change International - reveals disturbing information about G7 support for Big Oil and the fossil fuel industry as a whole.

The Narwhal reports, "The study found that G7 governments provide at least US$100 billion a year to support the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, despite repeated pledges [over the past nine years] to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025."

June 5, 2018

Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow is now at the 'Toward a Greener Attica – Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People' international ecological symposium in Athens, Greece, where Bartholomew I has just spoken.

Bartholomew I is the Archbishop of Constantinople, is regarded as the primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. His commitment to ecology and environmental protection has earned him the title 'The Green Patriarch'.

Barlow tells us that in his address he talked about Paris and Berlin being blue communities, celebrating Thessaloniki becoming a blue community just yesterday, and said that all of Greece should become a blue community.

The Green Patriarchate has tweeted, "Watch the opening remarks here!"

June 4, 2018

Barlow presents a blue community certificate in Thessaloniki, Greece today.

Maude Barlow has tweeted, "In Thessaloniki Greece today for a ceremony as this city becomes the first in Greece to become a Blue Community, pledging to protect water as a human right and public trust!"

Barlow was at a ceremony at the Thessaloniki town hall to mark this occasion with officials including Mayor Yannis Boutaris and EYATH (the city's public drinking water utility) president Yiannis Krestenitis.

Oema reports (in Greek), "Thessaloniki becomes the first city in Greece - a member of the Blue Communities network after the signing of a relevant agreement and a primary duty to protect water as a common good."

June 4, 2018

Thirty-one Council of Canadians chapters took part in actions across the country today in opposition to the Trudeau government's plan to spend billions of dollars to buy and expand the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

Here are some photos from today:


Campbell River

Powell River