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March 27, 2019
Photo from Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa
Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa

At the intersections of the climate crisis and the system that created it there is much work to be done.

This is true in the sense that there are many more good jobs to be had in a just transition to a low carbon economy than there are in fossil fuel expansion. It's true in the sense that we have a lot of organizing to do to win a future that avoids the worst possible outcomes of the climate crisis.

It’s also true that this is a necessity in the face of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report this past Fall that warned we have until 2030 to change course.

I'm looking forward to contributing to this urgent work as the Council of Canadians’ new Climate and Social Justice Campaigner.

March 27, 2019

The Council of Canadians congratulates the City of Montreal and McGill University for becoming Blue Communities on World Water Day, March 22, 2019. Montreal joins more than 40 Blue Communities around the world, including major cities such as Paris, Berlin and Victoria. McGill University becomes the fourth university in the world to obtain this certification.

The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, acknowledging that water is a shared resource for all. They do this by passing resolutions that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.

The United Nations passed resolutions confirming the human rights to water and sanitation in 2010. This requires governments to implement these rights and ensure access to safe, clean water and sanitation services.

March 25, 2019

The Council of Canadians is excited to join the the Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project (ALDP) “an independent and non-partisan initiative pushing for accurate and transparent government-level data pertaining to Alberta’s oil and gas liabilities.”

March 22, 2019

Fredericton

Fredericton Chapter supporting the youth-led climate rally.

Council chapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ actions below and be in touch if you are interested in getting involved in a chapter near you.

March 22, 2019

Today is World Water Day – a day for all of us to celebrate this life-giving resource.

Do you have 2 minutes to show your love for water? Today is World Water Day – a day for all of us to celebrate this life-giving resource, take action to protect it, and support communities suffering without access to clean, safe drinking water, including right here in our own backyard.

I know you care deeply about water. Supporters like you have helped build the Council of Canadians into a global leader in protecting community water sources and fighting for water justice. And I’m so grateful to you.

Now here are some ways you can join in today’s celebration and make a real difference:

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