December 1, 2012 : 10AM-2PM at Tolpuddle Housing Co-op, 380 Adelaide Street N., London, Ont.
The environmental justice movement is fighting the expansion of the tar sands pipeline network. Let’s gather to plan action against the oil industry’s pipeline project in this region – the Enbridge Line 9 flow reversal, a part of the Trailbreaker project to export oil off the Atlantic coast. Lunch will be provided at a noon-hour “bite at the banks”.
The assembly will investigate and discuss three topics in regards to Enbridge Line 9: its financing, its impact on the Indigenous community, and the political decision-making process.
Without cash from shareholders and capital loans from financial institutions, Enbridge wouldn’t have the opportunity to move forward with projects like the Trailbreaker or the Northern Gateway. This session will explore how we can target financial infrastructure to stall the capital of the climate crisis.
Indigenous Solidarity Session
Climate change threatens indigenous lifestyles globally, which is reason enough to stop a new tar sands pipeline project. Tar sands expansion is affecting the Athabasca Chipewyan and the Mikisew Cree in Alberta, and Six Nations and Aamjiwnaang in Ontario. This session examines how the Line 9 flow reversal could negatively affect these communities, and how we can act in solidarity to mitigate colonialism.
National Energy Board Session
The NEB seemed to ignore climate change in its approval decision, while short-cutting its usual obscure processes. The board refused to consider the project as a portion of the Trailbreaker, despite Enbridge’s express statement that it wanted to reverse all of Line 9. The NEB session questions how an approval could be granted in the presence of evidence that Enbridge is irresponsible and unreliable. Discussion may include alternative governance models and methods to influence the oil debate.
10am – Presentations on Enbridge Line 9: Finance, Indigenous Solidarity, and Energy decision-making
11am – Bite at the Banks planning (in session breakout groups)
Noon – Bite at the Banks
1pm – Future action planning: Reconvene for sessions (finance, indigenous solidarity, and NEB) to plan specific targeted actions
To help organize, endorse, or register for the event, contact email@example.com. Registration is optional. Organizers are welcome to plan for additional speakers, setup, advertising, cooking, and other needs.
Endorsed by: Climate Justice London
Audio recordings from our recent Green Scams workshop -
Emissions intensity and GDP
Cortney spoke about climate change policies that officials in the most affluent nation-states have been supporting and promoting.
Sean discussed organic agriculture and consumer choices.
Cap and trade
Mike spoke about cap and trade policies.
‘Sustainable development’ and the Boreal Forest Agreement
Kota presented on compromised and anti-indigenous ‘sustainable development’ concepts. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is discussed as an example.
After each of the presentations, we collectively discussed these topics.
The climate bill image with Al Gore is from a Trillionaires for Bad Math protest. We used it on our poster for the event.
Climate change mitigation policy and economic based strategies to reduce emissions are green scams. Climate change mitigation is the process of lessening the severity of future climate change by producing less CO2. However, how to actually do this can be determined by a number of different terms, calculated and quantified in different ways, which influence national discourse on how to actually achieve international protocol.
The most common term used is energy intensity, which is so fundamental to climate change theory that it is involved even in the calculations of how much CO2 is produced in total. Energy intensity = J/GDP where J is the amount of energy, in joules, that is produced and GDP is the gross domestic product, the sum of all the economic activity of a country in a year. Similarly, emissions intensity = Tonnes of CO2/GDP.
While the richest countries produce the most carbon dioxide emissions, they have the lowest figures for emissions intensity. These opposite trends enable rich countries to actually influence interpretations of data in a biased manner because when their national goal is to decrease emissions or energy intensity actual CO2 emissions are not necessarily being reduced.
We’re going to have a planning meeting on Friday, April 29th, at 4pm. We’ll be meeting at the East Village Coffee House — 785 Dundas St. E (see map - http://tinyurl.com/3audfy2).
If anyone wants to give a few-minute on a specific topic at the May 3rd event, please let us know. And if there are other ways you want to be involved, we invite you to contact us about that.
We also are open to partnering with groups and organizations who support the event.
The April 29th meeting will be to sort out details for the rough plans that have been made so far. Everyone is welcome to take part in that process.
Two organizers you can contact are Maryanne (maryanne.macd at gmail dot com) or David (dmccoll3 at uwo dot ca).
Who is ripping us off? When aren’t we getting environmental benefits that we’re told to expect from ‘green’ products, projects, or investments?
Everyone is invited to an interactive workshop about this topic — so we can share knowledge, and talk through difficult questions
WHERE – At the Black Shire pub (511 Talbot Street) (see map – http://tinyurl.com/3ctqezs)
WHEN – On Tuesday, May 3rd, at 7pm
The event poster is here.
Questions that we might cover -
- Is nuclear power environmentally friendly?
- Should we be supporting “organic” food?
- Is the Alberta tar sands industry cleaning up all of their environmental impacts?
- Does recycling a water bottle make up for its environmental cost?
- Is there false advertising for cosmetic, hygiene, or scrubbing products?
- Are compact fluorescent light bulbs helpful?
Community members are invited to give very brief presentations about specific topics. The questions raised above are just examples of what we could talk about.
If you just want to come to listen, you’re welcome to do so.
Toward the end of the event, we’ll talk about how we can take action to respond to the green scams that we focus on during the workshop. The whole point of this side of the discussion will be to see what people would actually be interested in being part of.
People’s Assembly for Climate Justice organizers are calling this workshop — with anyone who wants to collaborate with us.
In December, we discussed how to overcome obstacles to climate justice. We
emerged with great ideas that hopefully will be put into practice.
We will be meeting next Tuesday (March 1st) at 7pm inside the Central library, at the seating area near the Red Roaster.
At the last gathering we emerged with some mutual appreciation for ideas
- finding local supporters for the Cochabamba agreement
- preparing a climate justice statement that politicians would be asked to
sign on to
This follow-up meeting will be a chance to start to act on our ideas.
The agenda will be drawn up at the meeting, and anyone who is there can have input on what we’ll talk about.
On Tuesday, December 28th at 7pm, at least a few of us will be gathering at the Coffee Culture on Dundas (just W. of Wellington) for some informal conversation about climate justice activism.
Everyone is invited.
Here are some questions that we might talk about -
What is the point of climate justice activism? What can we gain from it? What are activists up to elsewhere in the world, and in other countries?
This get-together is being called by the People’s Assembly for Climate Justice. If you didn’t make it to our previous event, you’re still more than welcome to join us for this one.
A member of Climate Justice Ottawa will be joining us. She was part of the recent sit-in at the federal parliament -