Chris Hedges’ worthwhile new book Wages of Rebellion includes some interesting discussion about the role of nonviolence in activist movements, and the justifications and criticisms deployed about it. He quotes Lisa Fithian’s “Open Letter to the Occupy Movement” to explain why non-violence is a more inclusive approach: Lack of agreements [to be non-violent] privileges the […]
Since incorporating as a non-profit, Toronto350.org has been going through some serious growing pains, particularly when it comes to governance and decision-making structures. The group seeks to be profoundly democratic, with open membership and a philosophy where people choose their own level of involvement. At the same time, we have been experiencing difficulties deciding which […]
An op-ed I wrote about pipelines, Brad Wall’s comments, and the “Canadian Energy Strategy” for Rabble.ca.
Today, 10,000 people took part in a march through downtown Toronto calling on Canada’s governments to take more aggressive action on climate change. Many groups were involved, alongside great speakers and musical performers.
Today there was a student sit-in at the constituency office of MP and Minister of Finance Joe Oliver. The students were calling for an end to Canada’s ineffective and harmful climate change and energy policies. Six other sit-ins took place, attempting to meet with other MPs across Canada. On Sunday, the major March for Jobs, […]
If you will be in Toronto on July 5th, it would be great if you could participate in Toronto350.org’s March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate: http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca/ Even better, you can volunteer as a marshal to help guide everyone: http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca/volunteer/ If we’re going to deal with climate change, the world needs to change course dramatically […]
Plunder and romanticism are so rife precisely because ordinary citizens are insufficiently informed about the opportunities and threats that nature poses to have forced governments into effective regulation. In the task of building an informed citizenry the starting point is an ethics of nature that people in societies with widely different value systems can understand […]
Regardless of whether you think the commitment is credible, a position on climate change adopted by the G7 bears consideration: “At yesterday’s summit in Bavaria, the G7 leading industrial nations agreed to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century.” For one thing, it’s questionable when politicians set goals so far off in […]
A great set of speakers announced the July 5th March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate to the media at Bay and King this morning, across the street from the Toronto Stock Exchange.