Climate Change

Zoe Yunker, Jessica Dempsey & James Rowe
Globally, over $6 trillion of investments have been declared fossil fuel free. AP PHOTO/ROGELIO V. SOLIS, FILE

If you have a public pension in B.C., your retirement savings are likely fuelling the climate change crisis.

The pensions of over half a million British Columbians are administered by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), formerly known as the bcIMC. It’s the fourth-largest pension fund manager in Canada and controls one of the province’s largest pools of wealth, totalling $135.5 billion.

Oliver Milman
James Hansen  ‘All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem.’ Photograph: Ali Smith for the Guardian

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.

John Treat for TUED
In late May 2018, unions and close allies from around the world came together in New York for TUED’s international conference on “Just Transition.”

On May 29, 2018, trade union representatives and close allies from more than a dozen countries met in New York City for TUED’s [Trade Unions for Energy Democracy] international conference, Towards a Just Transition: International Labor Perspectives on Energy, Climate and Economy.

Ian Angus - retired SFU Humanities professor

[ Editor: Linked below are Ian Angus' statement to the court against and his recent interview with an Ontario radio programme about Kinder Morgan:

Nancy Holmstrom

Last fall 15,000 scientists issued a second dire notice to humanity that we are on a collision course with the limits of our planet. They concluded, “To prevent widespread misery, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual,” including “reassess[ing]… the role of an economy rooted in growth.” That means that we have to challenge capitalism; there is no capitalism without growth.

Linda McQuaig
Protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion shout at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrives for a discussion with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, on the Cheam First Nation near Chilliwack, B.C., on Tuesday.  (DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Describing something as being in “the national interest” gives it a sense of gravitas, of over-arching public purpose.

So it always struck me as odd to hear Justin Trudeau say that the building the Kinder Morgan pipeline was “in the national interest.”

How can something be in the national interest when it would significantly contribute to the destruction of the very planet that sustains us? Can something really serve our interest as a nation when it undermines our more basic interest as humans?

Thomas Homer-Dixon and Yonatan Strauch

JUNE 1, 2018

Thomas Homer-Dixon is a CIGI chair at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the faculty of environment at the University of Waterloo.

Yonatan Strauch is a doctoral candidate in the school of environment, resources and sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, Confederation of National Trade Unions

[Translation by Gene McGuckin]


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