Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood
The longer we fail to address climate change, the more urgent the problem becomes. Photo by Markus Spiske/Pexels

The year 2024 is shaping up to be the most important ever for climate action — just like 2023 before it and 2022 before that, and so on back through at least the 1980s.

It may be a tired refrain. But in this era of accelerating and compounding crises, the longer we fail to address climate change, the more urgent the problem becomes.

So what trends, events and opportunities should concerned citizens be paying attention to in 2024?

Trevor Hancock
In the U.K., Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, left, has pledged to “max out” the U.K.’s oil and gas reserves. IAN FORSYTH, POOL PHOTO VIA AP

Feb. 4, 2024

In the U.S., the Biden administration approved nearly 10,000 oil and gas drilling permits on public lands in its first three years, while Donald Trump is moronically pledging to “drill baby, drill”

Last week, I documented the massive impact of the fossil-fuel industry on people and the planet, an impact the industry generally ignores or downplays in its rush to make money and maintain its power, earning it the title of “the new tobacco.”

John Woodside
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feb. 2, 2024

A pair of new analyses from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) finds the federal government intends to provide over $11 billion to companies investing in carbon capture and hydrogen technologies.

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
bank building - Unsplash/Pixabay
Jan 30, 2024
The pension fund that manages retirement savings for more than 21 million Canadians allowed US$100 million of those funds to be invested in industries now under the microscope after the Biden White House announced it would apply a climate test to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a research and advocacy group says.
Canadian and Palestinian Coalition
embargo Israel

Jan. 31, 2024

On January 28, a coalition of Canadians and Palestinians wrote to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly demanding that the federal government immediately halt all exports and transfers of Canadian military goods and technology to Israel.

David Camfield
If We Burn - book cover

Dec. 29, 2023

new book takes a broad look at the protest movements of the 2010s and asks why—despite being massive—most of these movements fell far short of their goals. In this review, David Camfield takes issue with the author’s prescription for building more successful struggles.

incent Bevins, Daniel Denvir
Demonstrators on an army truck in Tahrir Square, Cairo, January 29, 2011. (Ramy Raoof / Wikimedia Commons)

Jan. 26, 2024

Between 2010 and 2020, a wave of protests erupted around the world. In some cases, these movements strengthened socialist forces. In others, they opened the door to the Right. Vincent Bevins spoke to Jacobin to explain the causes of this divergence.

Rivkah Brown
Direct Action Shuts Down Israeli-Owned Weapons Factory

Jan. 28, 2024

In August 2014, Adie Mormech got a Facebook message he will never forget. It was from Wafaa, one of his former students in Gaza. “Adie do u remember Huda that was in your class in Afaq she was my friend.” Of course he remembered Huda: her humour; her quirkiness; how she’d come to class early to tell him stories; the gifts she gave him when he left; her excitement about her upcoming wedding. Huda, Wafaa wrote, was dead.


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