The environment

After four years of work, the fossil fuel divestment campaign at the University of Toronto met with President Meric Gertler today. He didn’t commit to anything, but the discussion was generally productive and encouraging. We are working on a Community Response to the divestment committee’s report, with a target of February 25th. We’re expecting President […]


Compared with trying to counteract climate change resulting from greenhouse gas pollution through solar radiation management (SRM) — essentially reflecting sunlight away, as with stratospheric sulfate injection — actually removing CO2 from the atmosphere by weathering rocks which form carbonates seems more attractive in many ways. The SRM approach may cause major side effects in […]


The presidential committee at the University of Toronto just recommended divestment! They lay out criteria for excluding stocks based on their climate change impact and “recommend… that the University of Toronto instruct its investment managers to divest immediately” from such holdings. They specifically identify ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, the Peabody Energy Corporation, Arch Coal Inc., Alpha Natural […]


A bit of what I have seen online so far: Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments — George Monbiot James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud’ Why James Hansen is wrong on COP21 Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era […]


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.