Climate-concerned Canadians from across the country are gathered in Ottawa today for the first day of the second annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby national conference and lobbying days. If you are in or around Ottawa and want to learn more about a dynamic, grassroots organization that is working to create the political will for a livable climate, come down to Ottawa City Hall today to meet us.
Or if you wait until tomorrow, you can drop in on our Sunday-only component for $10. It would be great to see you there!
We at CCL Canada have been working hard to set up a live webcasting of the Sunday lineup at our second annual conference and lobbying days in Ottawa this weekend, November 22 and 23rd.
Keynote speakers at include Michael MacMillan, of Samara Canada and co-author of Tragedy in the Commons, and venture capitalist Tom Rand, author and Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures. Canadian Climate Scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, will join via videoconference from Texas.
Sunday afternoon’s economic panel will feature a wide-ranging discussion on pricing carbon. The five panelists are Celine Bak (Analytica Advisors), Stewart Elgie (University of Ottawa), Tom Rand (Arctern Ventures), David Robinson (Laurentian University) and Christopher Ragan (McGill University). Dr. Ragan is the chair of the newly formed Ecofiscal Commission, of which Dr. Elgie is also a member.
To view the conference live via webstream on Sunday November 23, link to these sites:
YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/embed/IjFM9ikj5Rk
Facebook event page for updates:
To join via Google+, add yourself to the CCL Canada Google Circle: https://www.google.com/+CitizensClimateLobbyCan and then go to the Google + Event:
Or click on this link starting Sunday November 22 at 9:30 a.m. EST to watch it live:
Following yesterday’s defeat of the push to okay the Keystone XL Pipeline across the continental United States, here’s a video that the company trying to construct the tar-sands-oil-carrying “black snake” doesn’t want you to see.
TransCanada has made a series of videos entitled “Straight Talk about KXL” that seeks to convince people about the safety of the pipeline, as well as selling the (highly questionable) number of jobs connected to it, and the fears of a spill. It’s these videos that the video above is spoofing.
For a little more truth-telling, as opposed to TransCanada’s greenwashing, here’s a video of TransCanada CEO Russ Girling conceding that only 50 permanent jobs will be created by the pipeline:
More good news on the climate front, after last week’s announcement of a US-China climate agreement.
A few years ago, pro-Keystone XL pipeline legislation was depicted as a “no-brainer” by Washington insiders. It looks like our climate isn’t the only thing that’s changing; so is the political climate with regards to the acceptability of pro-oil climate-destructive projects.
In response to the yesterday’s vote in the United States Senate on the Keystone XL pipeline, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“Once again, Congress tried to play games with our future–and failed. Since Keystone XL has always been President Obama’s decision, this vote was never anything more than an empty gesture of political theater.
“Rather than letting Congress continue to pantomime for Big Oil, President Obama should step up and reject this dirty tar sands pipeline once and for all. By dramatically accelerating tar sands oil development, Keystone XL clearly fails President Obama’s own climate test. The pipeline is a lose-lose for everyone except TransCanada. The President has all the information he needs to reject this pipeline now, and we’re going to stand by him to make sure he does.”
Today’s vote also clarified the political dynamics for the incoming Republican-controlled Congress. Post-election, pipeline proponents are still at least four votes short of the 67 votes necessary to override a Presidential veto.
“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.“
In an event organized this month by UK-based COIN (Climate Outreach and Information Network), Naomi Klein speaks about the ideas articulated in her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate. Klein is introduced by fashion designer and climate activist Dame Vivienne Westwood and begins speaking at the 15 minute mark of the video. If you, like me, haven’t yet read her book, this video is a good synopsis.
Dame Westwood’s organization and website: Climate Revolution