The environment

Naomi Klein on Paris’ decision to ban “outdoor events” during the forthcoming climate negotiations: Rather, after the horrific attacks of 13 November, it needed to determine whether it had the will and capacity to host the whole summit – with full participation from civil society, including in the streets. If it could not, it should […]


There’s a mass of news coverage and punditry about Alberta’s newly-announced pre-Paris climate change plan: Alberta’s climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions Alberta gives the oilsands a climate change deal it can live with Alberta’s climate-change plan: Breaking down the numbers Alberta pitches a big-bang climate plan: With carbon taxes and phase-outs, the game […]

{ 2 comments } has organized a four day direct action in Ottawa, calling on the new government of Justin Trudeau to commit to strong climate action before the UNFCCC negotiations in Paris later this month. I came over to take photos and learn more about how climate activism in Canada is developing.

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From today’s announcement from Barack Obama: Today, we’re continuing to lead by example. Because ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous […]


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 […]


I have a big set of photos up from the second fossil fuel divestment march at the University of Toronto. My very rough estimate is that 150-200 people took part. If someone has time, they can go through the group shot and count.


Tomorrow, and are holding our second march in support of fossil fuel divestment. The one we held back in November 2014 involved about 200 people. Right now, Toronto’s weather is pretty miserable. After today’s dentist appointment I swung by MEC to get a waterproof silicone cover to protect my backpack (better than my […]


Now that he has been elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau is going to have to make some crucial decisions on climate: how much fossil fuel infrastructure he will allow (including for export); the degree to which he will promote zero-carbon energy; whether he will establish a price on carbon; how he will engage internationally; etc.


The Guardian is reporting that global oil prices are at less than half of the cost of production in Saudi Arabia, contributing to a budget deficit of 20% of GDP. For the same reason raising fossil fuel prices with a carbon tax is expected to reduce demand, it can be expected that lower fossil fuel […]

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Justin Trudeau apparently dislikes being reminded about the science of climate change and the implications for Canada’s bitumen sands: The environmentalist advised Trudeau about accepting the internationally agreed target for a two-degree rise in global temperature means that 80 per cent of the oil sands would have to stay in the ground. Suzuki said Trudeau […]