The ecological and physical consequences of blowing our carbon budget, from disappearing coastlines to a melting arctic, are stark but often hard for someone like Minister Flaherty to understand. This ignorance, willful or accidental, is dangerous because it is also obscuring major economic consequences.
Writer and climate organizer with 350.org
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alta., Cameron has worked on climate justice issues all across Canada. He currently lives in Vancouver, B.C., and works as the Canada Strategy and Communications Manager with 350.org.
Canada has been called a laggard when it comes to climate action, but the reality is that it's far worse than that, our policies and politicians are making us into a climate denier as a nation. Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq's statement that climate change was "debatable" is just a tiny glimpse into the harsh reality of the Harper government.
11/19/2013 05:17 EST
The Royal Canadian Geographic Society is one of Canada's largest non-profit educational organizations. They publish Canadian Geographic magazine and run environmental and social education projects all across the country, but this past month they launched a dangerous new partnership with Canada's biggest oil and gas lobby organization.
11/15/2013 09:33 EST
It feels like I'm watching some sort of terrible, tragic cosmic joke as the climate talks in Warsaw prepare to open with a bleak prospect for any real action while Haiyan returns to make the point that the world seemed to miss with Bopha last year. The United Nations climate talks have devolved into what feels like a negotiated surrender.
11/08/2013 05:35 EST
Stephen Harper and the government of Canada are in climate denial. While politicians and civil servants acknowledge the existence of climate change, this government's policies on energy development and climate change are in stark denial of and run in opposition to the a safe climate future.
11/01/2013 05:17 EDT
The throne speech, meant to scare Canadians into supporting rapid pipeline expansion, threatened that a lack of export capacity could turn the tar sands in stranded assets. It went on to raise the alarm that if too much time passes without expansion, international markets will close to tar sands crude. But pipelines across Canada are bound to face similar hurdles.
10/22/2013 12:19 EDT
We know that a just and sustainable future is about more than clean energy and bike lanes. It means recognizing, acknowledging and working with Indigenous communities to challenge a continuing legacy of colonization and injustice. Stopping climate change may be the means that we come together, but justice is the goal.
09/27/2013 05:28 EDT
British Columbia currently faces a perfect storm of fossil fuel extraction and export projects colliding with the realities of a changing climate and rising inequality. Recent years have also been a time that has seen the emergence of mass social movements that are re-defining societies and challenging some of the most entrenched powers on our planet. From the Arab Spring to Idle No More, we are witnessing the rebirth of people power. Here in B.C., whispers of change have grown into a steady hum of organizing and mobilization as communities have come together to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, but now we are in need of growing this movement like never before. Here's why.
09/11/2013 02:15 EDT
Dear Christy Clark: After I heard about the announcement that you and Alberta Premier Alison Redford would be jointly working to transform B.C. into a corridor for oil, coal, and fracked natural gas exports I was angry. I did what I usually do when I'm angry at a politician and decided to tweet snarky comments at you, but when I went to you Twitter page I stopped. Something struck me on your profile. Before it listed your job or the riding you represented it said one word -- "Mom". I started to wonder: what would I say to you if you were my mother?
07/27/2013 09:56 EDT
It's true that energy revolution that takes us off fossil fuels is one of the most difficult challenges we seem to face, but it is possible. In a summer that has been marked by disasters like Lac Megantic and the devastation of major flooding in Ontario and Alberta, it is necessary.
07/10/2013 05:02 EDT
Sitting thousands of kilometres from my home province of Alberta watching floods wash over memories, friends and family I was numb. Over years of working to raise the alarm on climate change I watched hundreds of extreme weather events wreck coasts, communities and lives around the world, but now it was literally striking my home, and I was paralyzed.
06/24/2013 12:16 EDT
Last week the world hit a new milestone. We crossed 400 parts per million CO2 concentration in the Earth's atmosphere, 50ppm above what is considered a safe level. According to Canada's new advertising campaign website Go With Canada, our government is taking steps on environmental protection, climate action and industry monitoring. Reality paints a different picture.
05/15/2013 12:30 EDT
Last summer, 350.org founder Bill McKibben wrote an article for Rolling Stone called "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
04/12/2013 04:57 EDT
Where politicians and pundits are right is that there is more political power in our generation than even we realize. Organizations, social movements and politicians lusting after "young voters" is actually making the problem worse. The narrowing of electoral participation as a direct translation to political action has led us to miss the forest for the trees, a forest that in Canada is probably being threatened to be clear cut, plowed for a pipeline, or removed to make way for a new mine -- and that's a big, big problem.
04/03/2013 04:26 EDT
We're seeing the rise of one of the largest and fastest growing student-led environmental movements in decades. As students and youth, we know what's at stake if we don't act swiftly to move away from fossil fuels and build a sustainable world today -- after all we will inherit the mistakes being made today.
03/28/2013 05:48 EDT
History will remember 2012 as the year the climate changed. That means that 2013 needs to be the year that we bring the warming back home. That's why the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is taking a leap of faith and leaving charitable status behind. We need to take the gloves off when it comes to this fight.
01/02/2013 05:18 EST
This June is the first step with the launch of Global PowerShift. Bringing together hundreds of young organizers from climate justice movements from all corners of the world to Istanbul, Global PowerShift is the first stage in a plan to launch the youth climate movement like never before.
12/10/2012 12:22 EST
The outcome of the Doha Climate Change Conference could be a plan that postpones any real global climate action until 2020, effectively ensuring that business as usual is given nearly a decade to continue. Put simply, the climate deal being proposed in Doha locks in inaction, enshrines a lack of ambition, sidelines equity and suspends justice.
12/05/2012 12:10 EST
Developed countries, when they put 30 per cent emissions reductions or less on the table are effectively putting death, displacement and devastation on the table. To call current targets enough, is to effectively announce that on this planet there are acceptable losses in those regions least responsible for causing climate change. People are connecting the dots between extreme weather, droughts and famine, desertification, deforestation, rising sea levels, flooding, wildfires, and a range of devastating impacts the result of a changed climate. They are connecting these dots to a history of the fossil fuel industry and wealthy, developed nations having free reign pollute.
12/02/2012 11:37 EST
As young people, we write today with both grave concern and powerful hope. Unfortunately, our concerns are beginning to outweigh our hope more and more each day. We were raised in a world nearly 1 degree warmer than the pre-industrial average; where disruption of the climate system has become increasingly visible in the few years since we were young children.
11/26/2012 12:46 EST
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