Eriel Deranger Voices | Jul 30 2021
Illustration: The Breach

July 30, 2021

Colonialism caused climate change. Indigenous rights are a solution

Hours after narrowly escaping the fire that scorched his town, Lytton, B.C. resident Gordon Murray offered a warning to the rest of us.

“We are a small, rural, Indigenous, low-income community, and we’re the spearpoint of climate change – but it’s coming for everybody,” he said on a national newscast, still wearing the same clothes he wore the day before, when he and his partner had fled their home.

Adam D.K. King
Photo by Lukas Souza - Aircraft cleaner

July 30, 2021

Recent data from Statistics Canada shows that far from transforming our economy to benefit workers, we’re on course to return to where we were in February 2020.

COVID-19 public health restrictions are being eased or lifted across Canada, with many workplaces returning to some semblance of normalcy. 

John Woodside
Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver BC - Government and its critics agree infrastructure needs to be built for a changing climate, but how it's financed will be pivotal to the type of infrastructure Canadians get. Photo by Andy Li / Unsplash

July 30th 2021

Government and its critics agree infrastructure needs to be built for a changing climate, but a debate about how to finance it will prove pivotal to the type of infrastructure Canadians get.

Katharine Gammon
Vast areas of the Amazon rainforest are being burned and cleared for grazing cattle — a double blow to global warming, as cattle produce methane and cleared forests release carbon into the atmosphere. Photograph: Florian Kopp/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

July 28, 2021

Carbon emissions, ocean acidification, Amazon clearing all hurtling toward new records

A new study tracking the planet’s vital signs has found that many of the key indicators of the global climate crisis are getting worse and either approaching, or exceeding, key tipping points as the earth heats up.

Overall, the study found some 16 out of 31 tracked planetary vital signs, including greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat content and ice mass, set worrying new records.


Jake Johnson
Activists wearing masks representing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden hold a protest on July 14, 2021 in Berlin. (Photo: Stefanie Loos/AFP via Getty Images)

July 27, 2021

“Every one of those deaths is a mark of shame for the governments of countries like the U.K. and Germany who have protected patents over human lives.”

More than three million people across the globe have died of Covid-19 in the roughly nine months since India and South Africa first proposed a temporary patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, a popular measure that Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other rich countries have blocked.

John Feffer
Songlands book cover

Note: This is not a light article about a fantasy future. I don’t know how accurate it is in the details, but it is deadly serious. Gene McGuckin

July 22, 2021

Nouveaux Cahiers du socialisme
Turtle Island - drumming

July 26, 2021  •  

Public opinion has been shaken by the ‘discovery’ of unmarked graves of children who died in residential schools. The word ‘discovery’ has to be placed in quotation marks because Indigenous communities have been saying for many years that terrible things happened at these places. The time has come to call this what it is – a genocide.

Gene McGuckin, Member of the Vancouver Ecosocialists
We are part of nature: hundreds of people died while a billion tidal sea creatures cooked in place.

After the Heat Dome Killings, What Is to Be Done?

Thursday, July 22, 2021


I am speaking to you this evening from the traditional territories of the Quay Quayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations in a place otherwise known as New Westminster, BC.


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