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Cameron Fenton

Writer and climate organizer with 350.org

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Cameron has worked on climate justice issues all across Canada. He currently works as the Canadian Tar Sands Organizer with 350.org. @CamFenton

Sandy: The Poster Storm for Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy is only one part of a emerging trend that sees extreme weather becoming the new normal, as we continue to drive the planet's warming, these kinds of deadly, unpredictable storms will happen more and more and more and the simple fact is that we can only be so prepared for their impacts. I am afraid because I know that this is not a rogue incident but that as long as business as usual continues this is the new normal. That fear is coupled with a profound faith in the power of our generation, and the power of people to change business as usual and shatter the status quo.
10/31/2012 05:00 EDT

A Bad Week to Be a Big Polluter

As I write this thousands of people are gathered in Victoria, B.C. risking arrest to send a clear message that Canada's west coast is united in opposition to the expansion of tar sands pipelines and tanker traffic. There is no one size-fits-all solution to environmental issues, but that's exactly what PowerShift is all about.
10/24/2012 09:13 EDT
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Big Oil Is Gambling Our Future on End Pit Lakes

Tuesday morning I woke up, opened the paper and saw a full page spread on plans to create massive End Pit Lakes, a process that involved filling the massive, visible from space, open pit mines created by tar sands extraction in Northern Alberta with tailings and water.
10/10/2012 12:06 EDT
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Our Home and Troubled Land

This fall, hundreds of youth will come together in Ottawa for a weekend of education, training, networking and more to empower our generation to build the movement we need for a just and sustainable future. Called PowerShift, this is both a gathering but also a call for what Canada desperately needs. We need to shift the way we power our society and give people the power to build the future they want. Don't believe me? Here are 10 reasons Canada is in desperate need of a PowerShift.
09/18/2012 05:32 EDT
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Why the Rio Agreement Is Good as Toilet Paper

Rio+20 failed, plain and simple. Few are surprised, and many are grasping at straws within the weak, toothless text, searching for something to grab onto to claim victory. Rio failed because if it had succeeded, it would have fundamentally undermined some of the most powerful forces on the planet: big polluters.
06/24/2012 11:25 EDT
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Why the Rio+20 Is a Colossal Failure

Last week, Rio+20 felt like a family reunion that no one wanted to be at -- as if someone had declared 20 years ago that the world would gather in Rio and we all begrundingly came down to suffer through it. And so it began, everyone waiting around for the other shoe to drop, and when it finally did on Tuesday, it landed with a hollow, empty thud. Rio failed, and it hadn't even really started yet.
06/21/2012 07:29 EDT
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The Trillion Dollar Question at Rio+20

The world has a trillion dollars to spare and with that money there isn't much we couldn't do to build a more just and sustainable future. Unfortunately, right now governments around the globe are giving this trillion dollars to some of the wealthiest corporations on the planet. We need an energy revolution, we need climate action, and we need to put people ahead of polluters. This trillion dollars is how we pay for it.
06/19/2012 08:01 EDT

Canada Tracks Oily Footprints All Over Rio+20

I'm not surprised to find out that Canada is promoting the tar sands at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development and the environment, after all, they have a long and marked history of using these conferences to promote and defend the image of the tar sands abroad. It might not be surprising, but that doesn't mean it isn't wrong.
06/18/2012 01:23 EDT
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Harper Government Can't See the Forest for the Trees

Environmental groups in Canada are in the crosshairs of the government, and are under investigation for fiscal mismanagement. But what about groups like the Fraser Institute, which uses foreign money to feed misinformation to children, undermine national and global climate action and block shifts away from the most carbon-intensive energy on earth?
05/08/2012 12:18 EDT
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Our Generation's Awakening Must Be Green and Red

The old mentality may have told us to fight our battles separately; let environmentalists deal with the environment, let workers and students deal with the economy. But this is the same fight because the crises of the climate and the economy have the same root: putting profits before people and the planet.
04/22/2012 07:59 EDT

By the Time You Click, Big Oil Has Received $2,000

Each year Canada gives $1.4 billion to some of the richest corporations on the planet. Meanwhile, we are facing rumours of a coming federal austerity budget that could push unemployment even higher in Canada. On top of this, debt is increasing across Canada and both of these factors are hitting youth especially hard.
03/20/2012 09:45 EDT
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Government to Gut the Fisheries Act

Recently, leaked information has shown that the Canadian government is considering drastic changes to section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act, removing provisions that prevent any industrial activities which "result in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat." So, why should you care?
03/19/2012 05:37 EDT
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Rio+20: A Break-Up Destination for Idealistic Enviros

The environmental movement has placed an unjustified -- almost frighteningly so -- amount of faith in this June's upcoming Rio +20 conference. This is blind faith, and dangerous for the cause. It is only when we realize that we do not need Rio or the UN to solve climate change that international progress may become possible.
02/22/2012 03:53 EST
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Oil Industry Tycoons: The Real Foreign Threat to Pipeline Debate

Our government's position on this latest pipeline should thus come as no surprise. They are not simply neutral parties in this, but a close ally of the fossil fuel industry taking on roles from defending and promoting the industry around the globe to acting as its bankroll.
01/18/2012 06:50 EST
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Do Not Mourn the Demise of Durban

The historical culprits for causing climate change have gotten away with murder in Durban, abandoning their responsibility for this crisis and placing the burden upon the shoulders of the world. But this is not the time to mourn Durban. We must organize and create a just, sustainable future.
12/11/2011 05:17 EST
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Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Durban

Here at COP17 the world's biggest emitters, being led by the United States, are telling the rest of the world that right now is the time to wait. And yet we are standing upon a continent literally being cooked by climate change.
12/08/2011 12:55 EST
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In Durban, Canada Needs an Oil Change

Canada has decided to put polluters ahead of people. It is only nation to weaken its international commitments after the Copenhagen conference; this after it stood alone as the only nation to renounce its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
11/28/2011 10:56 EST
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Separating Oil and State

In Canada, corporate greed in our nation can be directly connected to the destruction of the natural world, perhaps most visually apparent in the tar sands. If the Occupy movement is going to break corporate control, we need to start where it is most apparent in our government. We need to "separate oil and state."
10/20/2011 03:03 EDT
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Thanks Jack

My fondest memory of Jack Layton was back in December 2009. I had just been arrested inside the House of Commons for occupying a meeting of the House Environment Committee. As we were escorted from the hill, we walked past the late NDP leader who snuck us a thumbs up and mouthed "thanks."
08/23/2011 01:54 EDT