Climate Change

21/03/19
Author: 
Richard Fidler
CO2 pollution

March 21, 2019 

Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read the almost-daily scientific reports, each more alarming than the ones before, on the scope of the crisis. I won’t belabour the point.

21/03/19
Author: 
Murray Reiss

 

[Arrested on March 23, 2018, Reiss pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court and was sentenced to 25 hours community service.]

 

I want to thank you, Your Honour, for allowing this opportunity to explain why I took the action for which I am pleading guilty.

 

20/03/19
Author: 
Phil McDuff
 ‘The need to keep the wheels of capitalism well-oiled takes precedence even against a backdrop of fires, floods and hurricanes.’ Photograph: Fire & Rescue NSW/AFP/Getty Images

Policy tweaks won’t do it, we need to throw the kitchen sink at this with a total rethink of our relationship to ownership, work and capital

20/03/19
Author: 
David Gooderham

[Gooderham was sentenced to 28 days in jail - the stiffest sentence so far in these cases - for violating the Court injunction against obstructing the work of TransMountain Pipelines Inc at its Burnaby B.C. terminal. He was released on bail pending appeal.]

 

18/03/19
Author: 
Fatima Syed & Brenna Owen
Students walked out of school to gather on the south lawn of Queens Park in Toronto to rally for climate change on March 15, 2019. Photo by Carlos Osorio

[Editor: complete article at link.]

Twelve-year-old Roy Bateman already knows what he’d say if he met Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

18/03/19
Author: 
Jennifer Nathan

[Nathan was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for violating the Court injunction against obstructing work by TransMountain Pipelines Inc. at its Burnaby B.C. terminal.]

 

March 11, 2019

 

I would apologize for taking up the court’s time, but I can’t, because I found it necessary to be here.

 

14/03/19
Author: 
Nato Green
Teachers at The Accelerated Schools, a community of public charter schools in South Los Angeles picket outside the school on second day of the Los Angeles school teachers strike on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

TUESDAY, MAR 12, 2019

Union contract negotiations include mandatory and permissive subjects of bargaining. Employers are required by law to negotiate over mandatory subjects—wages, benefits and working conditions. Permissive subjects, such as decisions about which public services will be provided and how, have historically been the purview of management. We only negotiate over how managerial decisions affect members’ jobs. Employers may voluntarily agree to negotiate permissive subjects, but unions can’t legally strike over them.

14/03/19
Author: 
United Nations Environment Assembly News Release, March 13, 2019

UN report says emission cuts will not stop Arctic devastation or worldwide sea level rise 

United Nations Environment Assembly
News Release, March 13, 2019


Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide, finds a new report by UN Environment.

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