Climate Change

13/09/19
Author: 
Jessica Corbett
Thousands of young people gathered in Parliament Square in central London to protest against the government's lack of action on the climate crisis and destruction of the environment on Feb. 15, 2019. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

"They are finally treating the crisis like a crisis," said 14-year-old New Yorker and climate striker Alexandria Villaseñor.

September 12, 2019

Climate advocates celebrated Thursday after New York City's public school system announced it would excuse the absences of students who have a parent's permission to participate in the global climate strike on Friday, Sept. 20.

13/09/19
Author: 
Jake Johnson
Greta Thunberg joined dozens of youth climate activists for a rally outside the White House on Friday, September 13, 2019. (Photo: Defend Our Future/Twitter)

"We're seeing entire communities being decimated by the climate crisis. That's why we strike here today, that's why we strike here every Friday."

September 13, 2019

A week ahead of the planned youth-led global climate strikes, 16-year-old environmentalist Greta Thunberg rallied with other young activists outside the White House Friday to protest the Trump administration's fossil fuel agenda and demand that world leaders take transformative action to avert ecological catastrophe.

13/09/19
Author: 
Paola Rosa-Aquino
Protestors, joined by faith leaders and members of Extinction Rebellion Toronto, take over the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in Downtown Toronto as part of a demonstration declaring a climate crisis on June 10, 2019. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

12/09/19
Author: 
Will Offley
 
If nothing else, nine days in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre taught me quite a few valuable (and in some cases, unexpected) lessons about the realities of short term incarceration in Canada’s prison system.  These included the realization that while extremely unpleasant, a short-term internment is not necessarily an awful experience, depending on how you approach it, and that you may encounter significantly more kindness and humanity from fellow inmates than you might otherwise expect.
 
12/09/19
Author: 
Gene McGuckin
Climate Change Action Canada - Photo credit: Justin Tang/Canadian Press

September 12, 2019

While many Canadians are looking to the October 21st federal election for solutions to global climate disruption, the climate plans from the four major parties offer none.

Any genuine solution will require reining in an economic system that demands eternal growth in a finite ecosystem, mitigating or adapting to multiplying environmental and social disasters, and drastically reducing consumption. Deadline: yesterday!

11/09/19
Author: 
George Monbiot
 ‘Once unthinkable, then a bizarre novelty, then an extraordinary luxury, then a hope, then an expectation, flying – and flying frequently – is now treated as a right.’ Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

4 Sep 2019 

Activists plan to release drones near the airport. Their possible arrest is a small price to pay for fighting the climate crisis

Obedience is dangerous. It has facilitated every form of institutional oppression and violence. Every advance in justice, peace and democracy has been made possible by disobedience. Ethical progress is unlikely when we do only what we are told.

11/09/19
Author: 
The Leap

Sep 9, 2019

In the United States, many advocates of a Green New Deal have included the call for prison abolition — a vision that would also expand democracy, as inmates are currently prevented from voting. In Canada, however, the connection between a Green New Deal and prison abolition has yet to be made explicit or widespread.

11/09/19
Author: 
Stephanie Wood
[Top photo: Youth Stop TMX, comprised of Rebecca Wolf Gage (top left), Nina Tran (top right), Olivier Adkin-Kaya (bottom left), and Lena Andres (bottom right) argue Trans Mountain infringes on their constitutional rights. Photos provided by Youth Against TMX]

September 9th 2019

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The corporation linked to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project demanded a group of teenagers cover their legal bills — before promptly changing its mind without explanation.

Youth Stop TMX, a group made up of Olivier Adkin-Kaya, 18; Lena Andres, 17; Nina Tran, 18; and Rebecca Wolf Gage, 13, had applied for judicial review of the pipeline project, arguing that it violates their inherent rights to life, liberty, security of person and equality.

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