Today, at the same time as the news broke that the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the permits for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the Council voiced its support for the 2030 Declaration in Halifax/K'jpuktuk calling for a just transition to a low-carbon economy.
When we asked people to join the climate solutions movement a few weeks ago, we also asked them why they wanted to join.
We heard from teachers, grandparents, activists, farmers, parents and indigenous people who are all passionate about climate change and its solutions.
Here is a sample of what some of you had to say, in your own words:
“Because, at age 97, I have little time left, but I want my family and the rest of humanity to have a planet that is suitable for human life to continue.”
“Because a vibrant and sustainable future is only possible if we work together.”
As expected, BC Liberal government of Christy Clark approves Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, amidst of a push in favor of natural gas fracking and the Site C megaproject. What do these have in common: destruction, inequality and trampling indigenous rights.
The Trudeau Government has a critical choice to make that will define the rest of its tenure: approve pipelines and side with Big Oil, or reject pipelines and side with communities and coast protectors.
This blog is a reproduction of The Council of Canadians' submission to the Government of Canada's Climate Consultation focusing on publicly owned and community owned renewable energy as well as the threats of free trade agreements to climate action.
250 people in Halifax joined in sharing our plans for a just and sustainable future as part of a series of federal climate consultations - can you guess what we asked for?
On Saturday, June 28, I took part in the 5th and final Healing Walk in Fort McMurray Alberta, along with Council of Canadians organizers Leila Darwish, Aleah Loney and hundreds of people from all directions. The walk calls forth to end the destruction of the land from tar sands expansion and to begin the healing. We came to show our solidarity with the communities who are most impacted.
Edmonton-based Council of Canadians organizer Diane Connors took part in yesterday's "fossil of the day" award action in Paris.
The Canadian Press reports, "The Climate Action Network International awarded Canada a second place 'fossil of the day' award at the COP21 climate summit, citing the reluctance of Canadian negotiators to have compensation for weather destruction in poor countries included in the final Paris agreement."
This relates to the "loss and damage" issue.
2014 brought months of protests and direct action against the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline when the company decided to attempt to do borehole test drilling on Burnaby Mountain. Well its a new year, and with it comes yey another people vs the pipeline confrontation for Kinder Morgan!
For the last 3 days, concerned community members have been protesting Kinder Morgan contractors who are attempting yet again to do borehole pipeline-test drilling for their dirty tar sands pipeline - this time in the Coquitlam and New Westminster area. The protestors were successful in blocking traffic and also turning away a water truck needed for the drilling, and have been directly confronting the Kinder Morgan contractors and keeping watch on the site - a fenced area near the south ramp of teh Brunette Highway Interchange. The site where the test drilling is taking place is a few dozen meters from the Coho Salmon bearing Brunette River.