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August 14, 2018

According to an article in the National Post, 2018 is shaping up globally to be the fourth hottest year on record. The only years hotter were the three previous ones. Temperatures are rising and there is no clear idea of when they are going to stop.

The article states, “The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching and devastating. In California, firefighters are racing to control what has become the largest fire in state history. Harvests of staple grains like wheat and corn are expected to dip this year, in some cases sharply, in countries as different as Sweden and El Salvador. In Europe, nuclear power plants have had to shut down because the river water that cools the reactors was too warm. Heat waves on four continents have brought electricity grids crashing.”

August 13, 2018

I was excited to spend August 6-8 helping out behind the scenes at a climate justice gathering put on by Indigenous Climate Action and the Indigenous Environmental Network for grassroots leaders from tar-sands impacted nations. 

August 13, 2018

According to The Guardian, the giant agrochemical corporation Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages because of its weedkiller, Roundup. 

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge decision in a landmark court case with the “jury determining that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer and that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure. The jury further found that Monsanto ‘acted with malice or oppression.’”

The trial took place in San Francisco. Johnson’s lawyers argued that Monsanto had “fought science” for years and targeted academics who spoke out about the possible health risks of the herbicide product. The Guardian noted that Johnson was the first person to take the agrochemical corporation to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the brand Roundup causes cancer.

August 13, 2018

Watch this presentation by the World Council of Churches on their decision to join the Blue Community project, a joint initiative by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees that is now expanding to communities in other parts of the world.

A “blue community” is one that adopts a water commons framework that treats water as belonging to no one and the responsibility of all. View our Blue Communities work here.

August 12, 2018

Here are just some of the ways our amazing network of chapters activists across the country campaigned for social justice this week. Thanks to all for your inspiring activism!
 

Water

The London Chapter highlighted the London Blue Communities facebook group established by the chapter’s new co-chair, Julie Picken-Cooper (Roberta Cory has retired as the London Chapter co-chair after 4 years of dedicated service!)

The Ottawa Chapter shared Water Campaigner Emma Lui’s article about Nestlé's continued permitless pumping.

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