Hannah McKinnon
Hannah has worked on climate change and energy issues for almost a decade, with experience ranging from adaptation and risk management in Central America, to national and international climate policy and advocacy in Canada. In her position as National Program Manager at Environmental Defence, Hannah will be working to ensure that Canada moves towards safe, clean and renewable energy and away from reckless expansion of the tar sands. Hannah has a M.Sc. in Science and Society from the London School of Economics, a B.Sc. Hon. in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University and studied at Lester B. Pearson United World College.

Entries by Hannah McKinnon

Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of Morality

(6) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:40 PM


The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has turned into one of the most hotly debated topics in North America. Jobs, oil, economy, risk, energy security, climate, water, politics... There are so many ways to debate about the pipeline and the

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Canada's Tar Sands Don't Affect Our Economy As Much As You Think

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:19 PM

If you had to guess how important the tar sands are for our national economy, you wouldn't be alone if you think they're a big deal. Canadians are repeatedly warned that our economic well-being rests on how fast we can dig up, ship and burn this oil.

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The Environmental Movement Needs People Power

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Over the weekend thousands of Canadians united in over 130 communities from coast to coast to coast to demand a safer climate and a cleaner energy future.


Saturday's national day of action to defend our climate and our...

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Dispatches from the 2013 Healing Walk: New Video Blogs

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 4:24 PM

When I got back home after the tar sands Healing Walk last month, I had the strange sensation of being both exhausted and invigorated.

Participating in the Healing Walk was an experience unlike any other that I've had. My colleagues Adam and

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President Obama Must Step Up and Fight Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Presidents have legacies. Imagine if you knew that every major decision you made would be written into history books, and that your grandchildren and great grandchildren could look back and have a pretty good sense as to whether you made their country and the world a better place.

For President...

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We're Oil Barrelling Towards Catastrophe

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 12:33 PM

It's difficult to imagine what it looks like to dig the current 1.5-million barrels of tar sands out of the Boreal Forest each day. So what would it look like if industry gets its way to dig up 5.2-million barrels a day by 2030? We've crunched the numbers and it's...

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Canada Is a Climate Change Loser, Not Leader

(16) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:20 PM

On Tuesday, President Obama made it clear that a safe future for our children and climate comes first. His announcement and speech Tuesday hit a high note when the president said no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline as long as it has significant impacts...

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Why I'm Walking to the Tar Sands

(12) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:07 PM

First Nations are on the front lines of the devastating impacts of the tar sands. They breathe the smoggy air, and drink the polluted water. And in July, I'll join hundreds of people in a Healing Walk to symbolize our need to heal people and our shared planet.


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New Website Launches to Counter Industry's Tar Sands Spin

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 9:02 AM

TarSandsRealityCheck.com, which launches today, offers fact-checked, easy to understand information about Canada's tar sands. Created by academics, economists, scientists and international environmental organizations, the website counters misinformation spread by government and Big Oil's glossy, inaccurate PR campaigns.

Canada was once known as a leader for environmental responsibility....

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The Credibility Gap: All Talk and Not A Lot of Action on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 1:42 PM

In the State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his vision for clean energy and urgent action on global warming. With TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on the frontlines and looking threatened, oil industry supporters aresuddenly desperate to look like the environmental and climate risks of the tar...

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Canada on Tar Sands: "Dig Baby Dig"

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Over recent years our best policy analysts, experienced strategists, technical experts, and campaigners have found themselves toiling with the never-ending barrage of attacks by the federal government to counter policies and actions that challenge the reckless expansion and exploitation of the Alberta tar sands.

The Canadian government, along with...

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The Truth About the EU's Position on the Tar Sands

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Fuel experts from the European Union have decided that the important decision to label high-carbon fuels (including tar sands) should be passed onto publicly accountable elected ministers. This probably wasn't a bad idea -- now ministers who have promised to take action on climate change will be more accountable as...

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Canada Should Fight a Pollution Battle Instead of a PR Battle

(21) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 10:44 AM

In the lead up to the next round of UN climate talks, instead of taking responsibility for their own pollution problem, the Canadian Government is focusing on a full scale public relations and diplomatic campaign to ensure no door is closed to Canada's highly polluting tar sands. The cost of...

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Why I Will Be Risking Arrest Today

(30) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 9:19 AM

Today I am going to participate in an event that will likely result in my arrest. I will be joining hundreds of other Canadians in non-violent civil disobedience to protest the Harper Government's inaction on climate change and demand that they stop the expansion of the Alberta tar sands.

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