Contemplating the Climate Welcome


in Canada, Ottawa, Politics, The environment

If I can pull it off in the midst of gathering grading, I am tempted to go to Ottawa for three days to participate in most of the Climate Welcome which is being organized for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

The Climate Welcome protest, organized by Canada, is modeled on the 2011 Tar Sands Action sit-ins at the White House that led to the arrests of over 1,200 people and helped elevate the Keystone XL pipeline as the largest environmental fight in a generation.

See also: Trudeau’s big test in Paris: oil industry profits or real action on climate change?

It’s a bit odd to see it billed as “organized by Canada”, since I don’t think that is really an organization so much as one employee with a Twitter account and Facebook page. If it’s going to be another “grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis”, they are going to need some members and an organizational structure. If that’s starting to happen in Ottawa tomorrow, it could be reason enough to be present.

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Milan November 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

P.S. Most local 350 affiliates have their names in the form 350 Maine or MIT 350.

I think the approach used by makes a lot more sense.

First, people have pride in where they come from, so it’s smart to have the place name first.

Second, it makes a lot more sense for website addresses. is a URL which you can buy and which contains Something like seems less intuitive to me.

anon November 8, 2015 at 12:11 am
Oleh November 10, 2015 at 4:51 am

The selection of Climate Welome as a name is inspired – the positive reference. Trudeau’s election illustrated how Canadians wanted to vote for the positive

. November 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm
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