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Hannah McKinnon

Environmental Defence

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.
Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of

Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of Morality

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has turned into one of the most hotly debated topics in North America. There are so many ways to debate about the pipeline and the tar sands oil that would fill it. But, what does it mean when 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and landmine activist Jody Williams, take a stand and call for a rejection?
04/16/2014 12:40 EDT
Canada's Tar Sands Don't Affect Our Economy As Much As You

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

If Canada can make the right choice and tone down the 'dig baby dig, drill baby drill' mentality, not only would Canada not be worse off economically, but we would have a safer environment, and be able to seize the incredible opportunities to invest in the sophisticated clean technology that is going to power this century.
04/08/2014 06:19 EDT
The Environmental Movement Needs People

The Environmental Movement Needs People Power

Over the years, the environmental movement has written hundreds and hundreds of reports and had thousands of meetings with decision makers, and while these things remain important, what we really need is people power. We need decision-makers to realize that Canadians want climate change to be taken seriously for a clean energy future.
11/18/2013 05:34 EST
President Obama Must Step Up and Fight Climate

President Obama Must Step Up and Fight Climate Change

Approving or rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline is one of the critical decisions that will test whether the President is serious about his legacy to protect our shared climate. While the President has stated he will not approve the pipeline if it damages our climate (spoiler alert: it will), it's time to turn up the pressure to encourage President Obama to make the right decision for our future and reject the pipeline.
07/17/2013 12:20 EDT
We're Oil Barrelling Towards

We're Oil Barrelling Towards Catastrophe

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 not looking pretty.
06/28/2013 12:33 EDT
Canada Is a Climate Change Loser, Not

Canada Is a Climate Change Loser, Not Leader

On Tuesday, President Obama made it clear that a safe future for our children and climate comes first. While Canada used to be able to duck and hide behind the United States when it came to failing to act on climate change, with the U.S. stepping forward, Canada is now alone in its refusal to take climate change seriously.
06/26/2013 12:20 EDT
Why I'm Walking to the Tar

Why I'm Walking to the Tar Sands

For the Healing Walk, I've been warned that I should wear a gas mask if it's a hot day, when air pollution is at its worst. I've been told that my heart will break to see proud communities march through what is left of their traditional land and hunting grounds. I've been told it will forever change the way I see the tar sands, and the people who face them every second of every day.
05/29/2013 12:20 EDT
Canada on Tar Sands:

Canada on Tar Sands: "Dig Baby Dig"

In a report released today, the Government of Canada's international tar sands advocacy strategy is revealed. Until things change we need to call it like it is -- sacrificing our children's future so that the tar sands industry can make an even more obscene profit today.
03/08/2012 11:09 EST
The Truth About the EU's Position on the Tar

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

We are facing a climate crisis, and we have a moral responsibility to take action by finding ways to move away from coal, oil, and gas, and towards a clean, safe, and renewable energy future. The European Union is trying to do just that, and the Canadian government should redirect its efforts towards cleaning up its own act, rather than trying to prevent Europe from doing the right thing.
02/24/2012 05:00 EST
Canada Should Fight a Pollution Battle Instead of a PR

Canada Should Fight a Pollution Battle Instead of a PR Battle

Canadians and the world are desperate for the Canada we once knew. The Canada that was a global role model on environmental issues and the Canada that often chose the moral high ground even when it was not politically palatable. It is not too late for leadership.
11/24/2011 11:44 EST
Why I Will Be Risking Arrest

Why I Will Be Risking Arrest Today

Most people struggle to understand how breaking the law could possibly be a good thing. The reality is, I would prefer to avoid getting arrested and instead feel confident that my government was taking seriously one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced.
09/26/2011 09:19 EDT