PowerShift organizers are holding a webinar on Monday February 24th to share information about PowerShift Atlantic and give you an opportunity to ask questions and get answers!
PowerShift Atlantic will bring hundreds of young people to Halifax to share knowledge, skills and experiences about climate justice. This empowering weekend will prepare participants for community-driven action by sharing skills for organizing, strengthening the networks of organizers and activists, and build up the movement needed to create a just and sustainable future. These tasks are not easy, and will require a convergence of movements our generation has never seen.
This convergence, collaboration, and collective action is what PowerShift Atlantic hopes to build.
A movement-building gathering of this capacity is not easily brought into a conceivable reality. Fortunately, PowerShift is real, and it is coming. To demystify the magical wonder around PowerShift Atlantic, we will be hosting a webinar and Q&A session on Monday, March 3rd at 7pm Atlantic time, 7:30 Newfoundland time.
Are you a young Filipino Canadian who is passionate about climate justice?
Would you be excited to make a life altering trip to the Philippines?
The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, 350 Pilipinas and Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights are supporting two Pinoy Canadians on a journey to Powershift Pilipinas a national climate convergence in Cebu City on March 26-29, 2014. Once there you will join with 200 committed youth activists living in the Philippines to learn, share, strategize, bond, celebrate, empower, and collectively build a unified climate justice movement. Participants will also be immersed in the concrete conditions of disaster-affected communities in the Philippines in the week following the Powershift Conference proper.
350 Pilipinas with its network groups are seeking a qualitative leap in the climate movement’s struggle in the Philippines, particularly issues and concerns of communities directly impacted by climate change. It is also a clear response to the impacts brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) as the foremost climate issue the country faces today.
We cannot afford another super typhoon wreaking havoc on our dreams and future! If you believe this generation can make a difference, join us take this movement forward! With our voices raised together, we can reclaim power and climate justice. Sulong!
This blog post is an explanation of some of the logic behind the Fossil Fools Day actions coming up across Canada on April 1, 2014. Find out more about the Day of Action and get involved here.
The impacts of the climate crisis, and of the destructive practices related to fossil fuel exploitation and transportation, have severe and palpable impacts on frontline communities. These impacts include reduced food security for communities, the disruption of necessary transportation systems, loss of land and homes, and the forced relocation of communities and populations.
Indigenous communities at the frontlines of climate change and fossil fuel exploitation also experience impacts to their cultures, spiritualities, and languages. Indigenous peoples around the world have special relationships with the lands to which they belong. For these people culture and spirituality are intimately linked to the natural environment. Cultural and spiritual communions exist with certain species that have been harvested since time immemorial (for example, between caribou and Arctic Indigenous peoples). Sites on the land that to an outsider may seem innocuous, like a rock or a small island, can have spiritual significance expressed through certain rituals that have been passed down since time immemorial. Similarly, the languages of Indigenous peoples are also connected to the land, and the learning of these languages often requires the learner to experience these natural environments by frequenting the same places their ancestors have frequented and by participating in the same cultural and spiritual practices as their ancestors.
Whatever your opinion on the tactic, it’s hard to argue that in 2013 fossil fuel divestment campaigns spread like wildfire around the globe. One of the fastest growing, and probably most talked about climate campaigns in the last year (if not decade) divestment is a new front in the climate movement.
Despite (or maybe because of) divestment’s rapid growth, victories - especially large ones - are still few, setting 2014 up as a big year for campaigns both on and off campus. Like any campaign, we still have a long way to go, and so with that I came up with some person reflections on divestment and resolutions for 2014.
Don’t get me wrong, we want and still need your money. Over the past year we left charitable status and rebuilt the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition while launching the Fossil Free Canada campaign and organizing PowerShift BC, and next year we’re aiming to get even bigger. If you want to support us, awesome. You can donate to our PowerShift crowd-funding campaign or become a long term supporter of the CYCC.
That being said, we think there are some amazing grassroots groups and campaigns that might not have the same megaphone as we do, and we wanted to share a few that could really use a few bucks in the midst of these donation pushes.
Last week, leading environmental organizations and allies sent a letter to Canadian Geographic in support of the campaign
launched by high school students taking on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Canadian Geographic's Energy IQ project.
Dear Canadian Geographic,
We are sending this letter as representatives of organizations concerned with your Energy IQ project, particularly by your partnership with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
While we support the stated goal of Energy IQ to “increase energy literacy in Canada”, this is something that cannot happen in a vacuum. The decisions made about Canada’s energy future in the coming years will have a profound effect on youth and and future generations - the target of this project. We believe that true energy literacy requires understanding the impacts of energy production, transport and consumption in Canada, something which Energy IQ currently fails at.
On Saturday, thousands of people across Canada gathered in their communities for a day of action to Defend Our Climate. With over 130 action happening all across Canada, it deserves accolades and titles like “historic”, but while celebration is important, it’s more important what we do next.
Standing at the over five thousands strong demonstration in Vancouver I was elated as I watched photos from across the country roll in on my phone, but as I walked home I couldn’t shake a feeling of dread. What if we do it again?
I wasn’t worried about another day of action, but rather looking back on the last time the climate movement in Canada took to the streets in the thousands. Four years ago – on October 24, 2009 – with over 150 actions registered across Canada, thousands took to the streets to demand action on climate change. In Vancouver, thousands of people gathered for the Bridge to a Cool Planet Action. In Montreal, hundreds of cyclists took over city streets while thousands of people, bolstered by attendees of PowerShift 2009, descended on the Parliament buildings for the flagship action in Ottawa. Time was running out to action on climate change.
From bike protests to global campaigns - Strategies for a low carbon society
On November 6, demonstrators carrying orange flags – the color of the North American-wide ‘Fossil Free’ campaign – chanted, “Don’t target bikes, target fossil fuels,” while biking across McGill campus. With the noticeable disagreement about riding bikes on campus, Divest McGill found another way to draw the attention of the McGill community. With over 400 campaigns in institutions in the US and Canada asking for divestment from the fossil fuel industry, the growing movement deserves attention from the public.
Despite the denial of the Board of Governors’ Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility to recommend the BoG to divest from fossil fuels last May, Divest McGill has continued to build momentum. The number of activists in the November 6 demonstration was considerably larger than in any of last year’s demonstrations. Yet Divest McGill believes it still needs to gain more support to build proactive and grassroots power for its demands to the administration.
If you're based in Toronto or passing through, don't miss valuable social change training through the skill-based workshop series Tools for Change.
What's Tools for Change?
A project of OPIRG Toronto, Earthroots, and Greenpeace Canada, Tools for Change hosts workshops throughout the year to help you develop skills to champion social change.
Payment is based on a sliding scale system from $10 to $50. Scholarships available. Community sponsors, University of Toronto students, Greenpeace, and Earthroots members can choose to attend the workshops on a free/donation only basis. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you’re like to know more about being a community sponsor.
Almost all workshops are held in accessible classrooms at the University of Toronto, St George Campus.
Last weekend the city of Victoria hosted the largest climate change convergence in BC history, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Coming from New Zealand, I went into the weekend with a basic understanding about the Alberta tar sands, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the climate disasters they represent. What I came to learn is that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Canadian government has planned. I met indigenous people whose land is targeted for nine separate proposed pipeline routes. I learned about the east to west pipelines planned to deliver tar sands oil to tankers on the coast, in particular the Northern Gateway and Pacific Coast Pipelines, which seek to traverse some of the most beautiful temperate rainforest in the world, the Great Bear Rainforest. I learned about the Kermode bear, or spirit bear, who calls these forests home - an incredibly special animal, notable for the white coats of around 1/10th of their population. I learned that these pipelines are in fact dual pipeline systems, with one pipe carrying oil condensate to Alberta to thin out the bitumen from the tar sands. With all of these pipelines criss-crossing the country, spills are inevitable. Enbridge, the company proposing the Northern Gateway pipeline, proclaims that they are protecting Canada with the safest pipeline ever built. But the reality is that they have an unenviable history of 558 spills from 2005 to 2012, which released over 15.5million tonnes of oil.