Fossil Fools Day 2014 - Rundown

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Last Tuesday, organizers from divestment groups and local community organizations took action across Canada for Fossil Fools Day.Creating mock fossil fuel infastructure, oil spills and more - this massive day of creative action highlighted the ridiculous plans that Big Oil has across Canada and around the world.

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PowerShift Atlantic - The Rundown

This past weekend five hundred youth gathered in Halifax/K'jipuktuk, Mi'kmaq'i Territory for PowerShift Atlantic. The largest climate and social justice summit in Atlantic Canada, PowerShift Atlantic brought together folks from across movements to build momentum and catalyze action. Here's a (short) rundown of what happened this weekend. 

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Full rundown after the flip. 

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Mi'kmaq Women Shut Down Energy Minister Briefing

This morning Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian by Nova Scotia 13537358514_e979a0a4e1_z.jpgEnergy Minister Andrew Younger intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects. The action was supported by an occupation of the hotel lobby organized by youth attending PowerShift Atlantic this past weekend. Over a hundred youth occupied the hotel lobby to support Indigenous communities in rejecting the Energy East tar sands pipeline and increased fracking pushes in Atlantic Canada. 

More photos after the jump. 

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PowerShift: The name says it all

PowerShift, as a name for a gathering, captures the essence of what needs to take place in order for justice to be a central consideration in actions needed to address the multitude of interconnected issues plaguing Canada and the world today. At the time I attended PowerShift in 2012, I had been maintaining hopefulness towards the state of our planet and its peoples’, but I was constantly challenged by a sense of powerlessness. The frustration over the inaction my country’s leaders were taking around climate change and fossil fuel dependence and environmental injustices was growing, and so I leapt at the opportunity to attend a climate justice gathering at the suggestion from a friend.

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Global problems need a global resistance

This blog was written as part of the PowerShift Atlantic blog contest. Send your entry to atlantic@ourclimate.ca!

Hello Powershift Atlantic! We’re so excited to be making the eight hour drive from Maine next week. It will be our pleasure and privilege to meet all you amazing people, from young activists driving the College Divestment campaign, to Mi’kmaq warriors bravely resisting fracking in the face of state violence, and everyone in between. We want you to know you have our support and utmost respect. 

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PowerShift Atlantic Blog Contest!

Tell us about why you're coming to PowerShift Atlantic, and you could win prizes from Patagonia Halifax!

Hundreds of young are already registered to meet in Halifax for PowerShift Atlantic, for an opportunity to develop skills for activism and organizing, to learn more about the intersections between climate change and social justice, and to meet inspiring young people doing incredible work. PowerShift is not just a conference, but a strategy to galvanize a movement.

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Why I Believe PowerShift is Everything it Says it is, and More


Catherine ready to unfurl a bannerAs a volunteer organizer of PowerShift Atlantic, I often get the questions, “What is PowerShift?” To which I reply, “PowerShift is a by youth, for youth initiative which aims to connect, educate, and inspire youth to take up climate justice and environmental issues. We aim to build a transformative and powerful movement while pushing environmental and climate issues to the forefront of our society. We are building a collaborative and engaged youth experience in Atlantic Canada that is based on consensus and anti-oppression principles.”

But what does that mean?

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Got questions about PowerShift Atlantic? We have answers!


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.

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Apply to Attend PowerShift Pilipinas

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 psp2.jpgCanadians 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!

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Fossil Fools Day - Why We're Turning Iconic Places Into Oil Spills

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 severetsdodo.jpg 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.

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