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wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

first word, tree.: Organizing the Personal to the Structural

My personal motivations for participating in movement-building stem from a steady process of feeling empowered through collective action with climate justice organizers. I wish to share my experience to help illustrate the profound impact that I believe climate justice organizing is having in Canada and how it is developing a resilient, creative, and cooperative understanding . . . → Read More: first word, tree.: Organizing the Personal to the Structural

openalex: Community Scale Solar: Portland (OR) and Durban (South Africa)

[A piece I wrote is running in the most recent edition of UN-Habitat’s Urban World magazine.  The article covers a gutsy and successful residential solar project in Portland (OR), and a similar project that I gave a hand with in Durban (South Africa). OK, I admit I’m a bit late putting this up. But . . . → Read More: openalex: Community Scale Solar: Portland (OR) and Durban (South Africa)

350 or bust: It’s Time To Be Conscientious Objectors To The War On Our Children’s Future

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada and the only Green MP in our parliament, didn’t mince words about the Harper government’s betrayal of our children in her December 19th blog posting: As we all prepare for the holidays, it is customary to look back at the year that was. I am not . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Time To Be Conscientious Objectors To The War On Our Children’s Future

350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

Canada has been under fire internationally for the Harper government’s recent announcement of its intention to pull out of the only international treaty that attempts to address the climate crisis, the Kyoto Protocol. China, Japan, France, India, and Tuvalu, a small island state at risk from climate change, have all been vocal in their condemnation . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada’s New Climate Buddy: Russia

bastard.logic: …and Michael Moore is FAT!

Terry Glavin, last True Leftist™ in Canada, finds the late, lamented Kyoto treaty (and environmentalism in general) wanting — and apparently it’s all Al Gore’s fault.

No, really:

Kyoto could have been an instrument to force technological innovation in the world’s advanced economies in such a way as to clear a path for eventual and . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: …and Michael Moore is FAT!

Get it Done: BC student shows Durban not all Canadians are jerk-offs

This is inspiring. Hats off to Anjali Appadurai. Expect the establishment media to begin dumping on this eloquent, brave woman the way they ripped apart Brigette DePape.

Peter Kent denies being a "piece of shit"

OTTAWA – Minister of the Environment Peter Kent emphatically denied being a “piece of shit” today during Question Period in the House of Commons. MP Justin Trudeau referred to the minister as a “piece of shit”. Kent, a former meat puppet, told reporters that the opposition has no evidence that the minister is, in fact, . . . → Read More: Peter Kent denies being a "piece of shit"

350 or bust: Citizens Climate Lobby: Progress in Durban On Climate, But We Mustn’t Wait To Act

Citizens Climate Lobby Canada released this response to the recent Durban climate negotiations and the announcement yesterday by Environment Minister Peter Kent that Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol: While it is encouraging that a path forward now exists for an international agreement on climate change, the deal completed Sunday in Durban, South . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Citizens Climate Lobby: Progress in Durban On Climate, But We Mustn’t Wait To Act

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– It’s bad enough that what’s passing for climate change discussion is an agreement to keep meeting for years on end that doesn’t really advance matters any from the early ’90s.

– But lest there be any doubt, the Cons aren’t quite happy enough with the results of their . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Just what Canada needs at Durban – another Conservative asshole

Peter Kent is proving himself quite the buffoon, representing Canada as he is overseas at the climate conference in Durban. He’s insulting folks left and right and pissing off those at home who are wincing at his clumsy exporting of Conservative crude. You can now chalk up India as the newest member at he pissed-at-Canada . . . → Read More: Just what Canada needs at Durban – another Conservative asshole

350 or bust: Dr. Seuss On U.N. Climate Talks: “On Wednesday My Chicken Laid Eggs That Were Fried”

Dr. Seuss was always an accurate as well as entertaining observer of human nature. Marcus Brigstoke and the other funny folks at the British radio comedy “The Now Show” pay homage to him in their take on the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. It will make you laugh and cry, especially as 2 years . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Dr. Seuss On U.N. Climate Talks: “On Wednesday My Chicken Laid Eggs That Were Fried”

350 or bust: Durban: Setting The Stage For Climate Chaos

Today’s guest blogger is friend of 350orbust Graham Saunders, who gives us his perspective on the U.N. climate negotiations in Durban: The Kyoto Agreement to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases became toast at the recent world meetings in Durban, South Africa. Yes, there are some damage control with statements that “we” have to take . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Durban: Setting The Stage For Climate Chaos

350 or bust: Canada At Durban Climate Talks: Talking Green, Walking Dirty

Fresh from Ani’s blog, this video of the large crowd of people have gathered outside the negotiations room at COP17 to stand with Africa as the negotiations come to a close: Here are other recent posts from Ani, with her observations of COP17: Talking green, walking dirty: a snapshot of Canada’s negotiation strategy: What looked . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada At Durban Climate Talks: Talking Green, Walking Dirty

Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Proving she’s no one-hit wonder, Brigette DePape showed up in Durban to peacefully fight for the future of Canada and the world. The inspiration for countless of Canadians after her silent Stop Harper moment, DePape is evolving into a spokesperson for other causes such as preventing further climate change. I’ll let her speak for herself:

. . . → Read More: Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

Proving she’s no one-hit wonder, Brigette DePape showed up in Durban to peacefully fight for the future of Canada and the world. The inspiration for countless of Canadians after her silent Stop Harper moment, DePape is evolving into a spokesperson for other causes such as preventing further climate change. I’ll let her speak for herself:

. . . → Read More: Brigette DePape marches on. Shows up at Durban Climate Summit.

DeSmogBlog: Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

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If the jury was still out on President Barack Obama's climate policy accolades (a huge "if"), consider the verdict now in, and from a surprising character at that: Marc Morano.

Morano jubilantly referred to the President as "George W. Obama" in an interview with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman at COP17, stating: 

They [the Obama administration] have . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

350 or bust: Some Honesty At Durban Climate Conference: Youth Told “No One Is Listening To You”

Willard Metzger is the General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada and blogs at Church Guy. He is well acquainted with the suffering that climate change is already inflicting on the most vulnerable among us, as the former Director-Church Relation of World Vision Canada and the author of Thanking God With Integrity Vol II: Table Grace . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Some Honesty At Durban Climate Conference: Youth Told “No One Is Listening To You”

350 or bust: Durban: Youth Turn Their Backs In Response To Canadian Government’s Disregard For Their Future

Here’s another post from Ani, part of the Canadian Youth Delegation in Durban, South Africa where the 10 days of U.N. climate negotiations have less than 48 hours to go, and no agreement is in sight. Here is her account of the recent action by some of the other members of the Youth Delegation; and . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Durban: Youth Turn Their Backs In Response To Canadian Government’s Disregard For Their Future

350 or bust: U.S. Navy: Climate Change Is A National Security Threat

Here are some more voices from Durban, as the UN climate negotiations continue to the end of the week: Rear Admiral David Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator of the US Navy, discusses climate change at the COP17 UN Climate Talks: **** Wondering what’s going on at the Durban talks? Here’s COP17 in under 3 minutes, from . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: U.S. Navy: Climate Change Is A National Security Threat

350 or bust: Canada’s Pollution Peddlers Arrive At COP17 in Durban

It’s a busy time for a climate activist; the updates from COP17 are coming in fast and furious, particularly from Canadians as the Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent and his delegation arrived yesterday. Here are some of the articles that were in my inbox this morning: Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of the United . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canada’s Pollution Peddlers Arrive At COP17 in Durban

350 or bust: Durban: “Down With Canada”

Concerned citizens from around Africa and the globe have gathered in Durban South Africa to “Occupy Cop17″, as hopes for a global agreement to address the climate crisis fades. As part of Occupy COP17, participants chanted “down with Canada” outside the official U.N. negotiations. It makes me so ashamed of my country, and the federal . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Durban: “Down With Canada”

350 or bust: It’s Official: Canada Breaks International Law, Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol

From the Globe and Mail: Environment Minister Peter Kent says Canada is finished with the Kyoto Protocol. Speaking in a teleconference from an international climate-change summit in South Africa, Mr. Kent said Monday Canada will not make a second commitment to Kyoto, which would run from 2013 to 2017. The article erroneously claims that China, . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Official: Canada Breaks International Law, Withdraws From Kyoto Protocol

350 or bust: COP17: Politicians, Get Your Head Out Of The Sands And Lead!

Our eyes on the ground of the Durban climate conference, Ani, updates us from Day 6 of COP17. To read more, visit Ani’s blog at YouthDelegateManitoba.wordpress.com: I could spend my time writing this blog about a draft text for the Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, which has been circulated this morning and has as . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: COP17: Politicians, Get Your Head Out Of The Sands And Lead!

Impolitical: Opposition MP part of official delegation in Durban

Yep, Green Party MP Elizabeth May is an official delegate for Papua New Guinea. It’s another bizarre moment on the world stage brought to you by the Harper government. It means that in addition to the Canadian government officials who have delegate status, May will also be able to access the major discussions, etc.

As . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Opposition MP part of official delegation in Durban