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Archived

Posted by ccjn on February 8, 2011

This project is being shelved, indefinitely.

The pages here will be left up as an archive.

This CCJN thing originally was meant to be ran collectively, but it hasn’t panned out that way, and it likely won’t in the future. There just isn’t much growth potential for this project.

A few more local climate justice groups have gotten on their own feet now, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a role for this Network to tie together what we’re doing.  Hopefully we’ll find other ways to get together a more unified front.

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Canadian campaigning against shale fracking

Posted by ccjn on May 15, 2011

Some campaigning against shale gas fracking has been emerging.  Fracking (or “hydraulic fracturing”) is a very toxic, dangerous, and wasteful form of natural gas extraction.  Here are links to some campaign web pages –
http://stopfrackingontario.wordpress.com/allies

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The Dominion’s Special Issue on Climate Justice

Posted by ccjn on January 27, 2011

(From the Media Co-op)

Every year, the Media Co-op publishes a special issue of The Dominion delving deeper into one particular topic. In March, based on reader input & proposals, we’ll be publishing our next special issue – this time on Climate Justice.

Climate justice involves injecting a human element to the climate debate, and making social justice a top priority. This doesn’t just mean considering the poorest of the poor in the regions most vulnerable to the effects of global warming, it also means enhancing equality while rapidly reducing emissions in high-emitting countries like Canada.

The Dominion’s special issue on Climate Justice will focus on such struggles within Canada’s borders, and those that implicate Canadian actors abroad — whether governments, corporations or non-governmental organizations. This critical resource comes at a time when the media downplays the importance of Climate Justice movements while underscoring false solutions to climate change.

Our goal is to leave readers with a rich array of stories about Climate Justice struggles in or connected to Canada; vivid glimpses of individuals on the front lines; as well as clear pathways to taking action in campaigns for Climate Justice.

Our coverage, and our ability to cover these issues, depends on you: the readers, subscribers and sustainers who support Media Co-op and make The Dominion possible.

There are several ways you can help make sure that thousands of copies of this issue make it into the hands of people across Canada:

DISTRIBUTE
Getting The Dominion out across the country isn’t easy. If you can pass on copies to friends or drop a stack in a local coffee shop, click here to sign up.

DISCUSS
To really get information into circulation, it needs to be talked about. It can be five people in a living room or a packed community hall, but we need people to organize at the level of neighbourhoods and institutions. It’s easier than you think: get a room and tell us the place and time. Contact us at info@mediacoop.ca with CJ LAUNCH in the subject line for more on organizing a launch.

DONATE
If you can spare $20 or $200, or your business wants to advertise in this issue, you’ll be helping get independent journalism to folks who want to read it. Every donation helps; to give, click here.

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Day of Direct Action Against Extraction April 20, 2011

Posted by ccjn on December 16, 2010

Communities around the world are under attack from extractive industries that poison our families, kill our loved ones on the job, and destroy the ecosystems we cherish. The BP oil spill was unfortunately just one of an endless string of disasters born of an economic system that must endlessly consume the Earth’s  resources.

Extraction is the act of taking without giving anything back. Extraction takes workers lives so  corporations can make a few more bucks. Extraction takes clean water and air and gives us blackened oceans and a climate in chaos. Extraction takes the natural wealth of communities and ecosystems and leaves behind poverty and ecological wastelands.

For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.”  From the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractiveindustries  that have declared war on our planet. Rising Tide is calling for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.

On April 20th take it to the point of production.  Shut down a well site, occupy a mine, take over an office, blockade a bank. Nobody’s community should be a sacrifice  zone.

For climate justice and a livable planet,

Rising Tide North America

[Printable poster – http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/forPRINT_extractionactionposter.pdf]

[On Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183592348320694]

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Rising Tide Winter Newsletter: Special COP 16 Edition

Posted by ccjn on December 16, 2010

Welcome to the Winter 2010/2011 Rising Tide Newsletter. Inside you will find extensive news and analysis on the recent UN Climate Talks in Cancun, inspiring direct action news from the coalfields of Appalachia to the streets of London, and learn about the latest threats to our planet from the green capitalists.

Please help us get the word out by printing and distributing the newsletter in your community!

DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER HERE
http://www.risingtidenorthamerica.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/winter-2011-newsletter2.pdf

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Climate Justice Montreal Releases “Beyond Parts Per Million: Voices from the frontlines of climate justice”

Posted by ccjn on November 26, 2010

On the Media Co-op

First edition highlights community struggles and makes the links between climate and social justice

At the fourth annual Everyone’s Downstream conference, Climate Justice Montreal and members of the provisional comittee for the foundation of the Climate Justice Co-op, launched a new publication entitled Beyond Parts Per Million: Voices from the Frontlines.

Featuring accounts from frontline communities around the globe and connecting climate and social justice struggles, this project aims to amplify the voices of those people most impacted by environmental destruction and a changing global climate.

DOWNLOAD IT!

http://www.mediacoop.ca/sites/mediacoop.ca/files2/mc/BeyondPPM.pdf

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Mobilise all over the world: Thousands of Cancuns for climate justice!

Posted by ccjn on November 24, 2010

if you or anyone you know is organizing an event for the 1,000 of Cancuns call:

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR EVENT HERE: http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=50&Itemid=195

Social movements from around the world are mobilising for the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that will take place in Cancun from 29 November to 10 December 2010.

Thousands of women and men, people affected by the destruction of the environment, farmers, landless, Indigenous Peoples and activists from all sectors of society will gather in Cancun to propose thousands of solutions to confront climate change. They will show the world leaders their opposition to the false solutions to climate chaos discussed by the UNFCCC, such as market-based proposals on carbon trading and REDD, agrofuels and geo-engineering.

Meanwhile, echoing the Via Campesina call for thousands of Cancun, we call on social movements, popular organisations and all people of the world to amplify the resistance in Cancun and to organise thousands of protests and actions to reject false solutions and to support a people’s agenda for climate justice. We declare ourselves in permanent mobilisation during the UNFCCC conference and especially on December 7, the date of the mass farmers protest in Cancun and International Day of Action “Thousands of Cancuns”.

Wherever you are: Join us!

Mobilisations can take many shapes: direct actions, parties, markets, festivals, discussions or exhibitions…. They can take place in any city, village, school or community.

Let us know what you are planning to do (when and where) by sending us a note before November 25.

Andsend us your posters, announcements, articles, pictures, videos

They will be posted on the Thousands of Cancun web page.

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Gearing up for Cancun

Posted by ccjn on November 24, 2010

The 16th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or better known as COP16, will be held in Cancun, Mexico next week. From November 29th to December 10th international leaders will make another attempt to form a binding legal agreement that can work towards solving the climate crisis.

However, after the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference or COP15 many climate justice communities have lost all trust in such negotiating processes. What did we see at last year’s COP15? Just three days into the conference, a leaked document (“The Danish Text”) that set predetermined agreements allowing rich countries to pollute more. Real climate crisis solutions represented by grassroots activists, organizations and NGO representatives were locked out of the Bella Center. The introduction of new anti-democratic laws limiting free speech, actions, mobilizations, and any real development of effective climate justice. A crack down on legal and democratic rights through major human rights violations implemented by an overly violent and aggressive police presence in Copenhagen- something that is becoming far too familiar for the people fighting the false solutions to the climate crisis. And finally in the early hours of the last morning of the Copenhagen conference the global leaders came together and created “The Copenhagen Accord,” a document that abandoned lowering target carbon emissions and thus openly accepted the deep and utter failure of the entire conference.

What did the global climate activist community learn from this experience? The conference failed, the governments failed, and the leaders are unwilling to act. The real solutions and real changes can only happen through the people and from the ground up! We have not been silenced- we have only grown stronger. The global climate justice movement is gearing up and we are ready to move forward with more force once again:

1,000 Cancuns:
In response to the COP16, La Via Campesina invites people’s movements around the world to mobilize in order to create 1,000 Cancuns: ‘We call on social movements, popular organizations and all people of the world to organize thousands of protests and actions to reject the false and market solutions.’  For more information see: http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=941:the-people-create-thousands-of-solutions-to-confront-climate-change&catid=48:-climate-change-and-agrofuels&Itemid=75

CJA 1,000 Cancuns and COP 16 Report Backs:
Climate justice Action will be in touch with grassroots climate justice comrades on the ground in Cancun and with those who are planning an action for 1,000 Cancuns. We plan to report on the climate justice struggles and successes during the conference and other mobilizations happening at the same time. This information will be updated and posted on the CJA website regularly. The success of these updated reports relies on our international solidarity. Will you be in Cancun or would you like to help with writing report backs? If yes, please take time to write us an email at info@climate-justice-action.org so we can get accurate report backs from you.

Klimaforum10 in Cancun:
Klimaforum Mexico will be hosting grassroots movements and civil society during the COP16. They will be providing “space for all people, where they can gather, debate on constructive solutions, propose and find consensus towards coordinated international action in the face of the climate crisis. Where governments fail, the people shall prevail.” Please check http://10.klimaforum.org/

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Climate justice actions at Parliament Hill

Posted by ccjn on November 16, 2010

On November 16th, Climate Justice Ottawa activists organized a banner drop and a sit-in at Parliament Hill. These activists also have called for support from across Canada.

Here is their national call to action, their press release, some photos, and other action coverage.

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Take Action to Support the Youth People’s Assembly in Canadian Parliament

Posted by ccjn on November 16, 2010

At 10:30 a.m. today organizers with Climate Justice Ottawa began a People’s Assembly for Climate Justice in Canada’s House of Commons staging a sit-in and dropping a banner that reads “If the Politicians Will Not Get to Work on Climate Justice, We Will.”. The organizers are risking arrest to deliver a message that Canada needs to take real action on climate change, starting first by listening to the demands and needs of communities across this country. Join with them and send a message to Members of Parliament that it is time to listen, it is time for Climate Justice.

The 5 demands for Climate Justice:

1. Lead, follow, or get out of the way
At the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Cancun, Canada should be the first nation from the global north to adopt the emissions reductions and temperature rise limitation targets of 300ppm and 1.5 degrees celsius, presented by the largest gathering in history of directly impacted communities at the April 2010 World People’s Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The first step to achieving this and repaying our climate debt is accepting the Cochabamba Declaration text presented at the UN Summit.

2. Shut Down the Tar Sands
Tar sands developments are on course to destroy a section of the boreal forest the size of England, and are Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The direct pollution from tar sands developments is poisoning the Athabasca River watershed and surrounding lands, and is a health catastrophe for impacted communities who are experiencing high rates of cancer and a loss of traditional food sources.  Therefore, we call for an immediate moratorium on present and future tar sands expansion projects, a phase out of existing projects, and to hold corporations responsible for environmental destruction while facilitating a just transition for workers out of destructive industries.

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