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#StopKinderMorgan – Standing Up for Our Precious Coast – #welovethiscoast #OrcasNotTankers

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Environment minister defends Alberta’s oil sands ‘gas’ cap VIDEO

BBC – Hardtalk  UK – Interview with Albert’s Environmental Minister Shannon Phillips after making an agreement regarding EXPANSION of the tarsands!!!

World News BBC Hardtalk – 22 August 2016

Please watch this VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO (only 3 min)!  I feel so impelled to share this, as it shows that some groups, people who say they want to stop the expansion of the tarsands, then why are they agreeing to increasing greenhouse gas emissons from 70 megatons to 100 MEGATONS?????????????

tarsands pic National Oberserver WLTC article

   Alberta Tar Sands                                      Photo Credit: NATIONAL OBSERVER



Alberta’s Environment Minister Shannon Phillips has defended plans to allow the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the province’s oil sands operations to be increased.

Oil sands operations produce about 70 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year but the cap will be set at 100 megatonnes.

“We are the first place to put a cap on emissions,” she told BBC HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur.

“In this short to medium term, 20% of Canadian GDP relies on Alberta’s oil and gas industry, that’s not small,” she added.

The decision has been criticised by some environmental groups.

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Indigenous rights in the face of climate change | Eriel Tchekwie Deranger- VIDEO

PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO! It is so informative about the tarsands and the huge impact it is having on the planet’s climate emergency!

Self-described ‘professional rabble rouser’ Eriel discusses raising awareness about the negative impacts of the extractive industries on climate, human and indigenous rights.





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How to revolutionize climate change storytelling

Climate change storytelling is undergoing a major transition, gaining the attention of politicians, countries and corporations around the world. However, with climate deniers newly emboldened and the upcoming Trump administration threatening to turn back environmental progress, will climate change keep capturing our imagination?

Greenbiz.com by  Anya Khalamayzer      Thursday, December 29, 2016


Joel Bach (left) and David Gelber (right), the creators and executive producers of “Years of Living Dangerously”.

Joel Bach and David Gelber, the creators and executive producers of Emmy Award-winning television show, “Years of Living Dangerously,” not only think so —  they’re proving it. The National Geographic Channel show harnesses the power of blockbuster filmmaking to tell the saga of climate change playing out before our eyes.

“Years of Living Dangerously,” which debuted in 2014 and just wrapped its second season, brings together celebrities, politicians, business leaders and individuals impacted by climate change to dive deeper into angles of the story than one feature film can capture. Here, Bach discusses how the craft of storytelling can push momentum towards clean energy and sustainable business.

Joel Bach (left) and David Gelber (right). Anya Khalamayzer: What inspired “Years of Living Dangerously?”

Joel Bach: (Executive producer) David Gelber and I used to work on “60 Minutes” together. We did a couple of stories on climate change and quickly realized this was the most important story out there. We had a fantasy that we would do a feature film on it, but that’s not what we do.

At the time that we launched, it had been a while since “An Inconvenient Truth” had run. We thought there should be a big follow-up to this film that would wake people up to climate change. We wanted a big ensemble of people showing that climate change is happening now, affecting people in the U.S., and there are thousands of people trying to combat it and plan for it.

Khalamayzer: What makes for effective climate change storytelling?

Bach: Vibrant characters matter. And, ideally, a story where you care about the outcome. In season 2, Bradley Whitford did a brilliant story on the Citizens Climate Lobby, which has a stated missions to try to get Republicans to act on climate.

Whitford went to Washington, D.C. and over the course of many months got involved in the process of trying to get Republicans in the tent. There are some struggles and pitfalls, but in the end he succeeds — and you’re along for the ride. We are careful to position our characters so that they are proxies for the viewer. They begin on a journey; they learn things along the way; they continue to ask questions and they encounter people who can provide more information about how to solve the problem.

Khalamayzer: You take people known for their talent in other areas and turn them into climate journalists. How can that teach viewers to investigate their climate impact?

Bach: The show will hopefully encourage people to seek out answers in the way that our cast members seek out answers and find them. It’s always nice to meet people on the ground, but you can also use the Internet. If you’re curious about deforestation, you can begin your own investigation into why it’s on the rise in Indonesia while other areas have it under control.

You can learn, as we did in our story on Amazon deforestation (with Gisele Bündchen), that meat production is the driver. What are the alternatives: Using fake meat? Using land more effectively?

And then, of course, if you really have the inclination, go out there and go to these places and learn for yourself. Hopefully the show can do that heavy lifting for people.

Khalamayzer: How do you address the “doom and gloom” aspect of climate storytelling?

Bach: In season 1, we decided to show that climate change is happening now — not 50 or 100 years from now. In season 2, we wanted to tell a slightly different narrative: We are in a race against time. Each year, the science on climate change gets clearer while the impacts get worse, exceeding what climate scientists had predicted.

On the other hand, solutions to climate change are getting better in the form of technological developments and the falling cost of solar and wind energy solutions. Communities, individuals and governments are taking action to combat climate change. These two narratives playing out at the same time is where the tension exists.

We need to martial our collective will to make sure the good narrative wins at the end of the day — and it’s too soon to tell which one will win. [One example is journalist ] Thomas Friedman’s story on climate migrants fleeing the African continent because the conditions in which they normally grow crops no longer exist. By the end of the century, it’s expected that 60 million people are going to flee Africa. We don’t shy away from those stories because they’re coming at us hard and fast.

Khalamayzer: How do you measure the impact of climate change storytelling?

Bach:If you want people to act, you don’t just throw a bunch of data at them. You get them emotionally engaged. We did an impact survey with Participant Media and got a score of 95 in the category of emotional involvement with viewers.

The survey found that three out of four viewers came to realize that climate change was relevant to their daily lives. Nine in ten viewers learned something about climate change. Half of the respondents took some sort of action as a result of watching the show; a third shared information with others in person or on the phone; a quarter sought out more information. One in six viewers voted in the 2016 election as a result of watching the show and one in five viewers changed another person’s mind on climate change.

Khalamayzer: What key messages did you learn while making this show?

Bach: There are real grassroots solutions that people can get involved in. We have associated with our series a grassroots, millennial-led campaign to put a price on carbon. Any industry that creates carbon dioxide pollutes for free, although we know that CO2 is the most abundant greenhouse gas and the Supreme Court has ruled that it is a pollutant.

Khalamayzer: What should businesses learn about climate storytelling?

Bach: One of the things we are seeing from businesses is a commitment to put a price on carbon. We learned that 100 Fortune 500 companies have pledged to put a price on carbon. The car industry is going through real changes: We did a story in on the rise of autonomous and electric vehicles to completely revolutionize the automobile industry. Not just Tesla, but also Chevy, Cadillac and other companies are getting on board.

These are blue-chip companies that are taking climate change seriously. When companies have the right information to be better stewards of the environment, they jump at the chance because it’s better for business to do things more sustainably.

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Every lake, every river……. (w/ video) Restore the Navigable Waters Protection Act

Restore the Navigable Waters Protection Act

Council of Canadians

97 lakes, 62 rivers and 3 oceans. – (in all canada only this number protected!!!)

This is the number of lakes, rivers and waterways that are protected under the Navigation Protection Act right now.

Before the former Harper Government gutted freshwater protections, the law was called the Navigable Waters Protection Act and it protected every lake and every river. It was the pipeline industry that drove these changes. And now they are fighting to keep them off.

The Trudeau government has announced a review of environmental and freshwater laws. Big Oil doesn’t want the current laws to change. Yet pipelines, mining, fracking, climate change and other risks are threatening clean water in municipalities and Indigenous communities. 99% of the lakes and rivers are no longer protected and pipelines are exempt from federal scrutiny under the Act. But every lake and every river must be protected.

Here are 3 things you can do to call on your Member of Parliament to stand up to Big Oil and restore and strengthen the Navigable Waters Protection Act:

  • Sign this petition to Prime Minister Trudeau to restore and enhance freshwater protections


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Our Revolution: Powerful words from Van Jones on why we need to transform our energy system

Powerful words from Van Jones on why we need to transform our energy system: “What did you think was going to happen when you started digging up all this death?” #NoDAPL



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Justin Trudeau gets rough ride from crowd at young workers’ summit (w/ video)

Prime minister expresses frustration after protesters turn their back on him during event.

By Kathleen Harris, CBC News Posted: Oct 25, 2016


Video of event here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/793044035600/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced off with a room of angry protesters today who were venting their frustrations over everything from pipelines to the failed federal payroll system.

Some of the participants turned their backs on Trudeau in protest during the “armchair discussion” event at the Canadian Labour Congress National Young Workers Summit in Ottawa.

“Honour your promises!” hollered some in the crowd, as event moderators tried to keep the peace.

“We don’t have dialogue with liars!”

“Shame! Shame!”

Trudeau attempted to keep calm and urged people to engage in conversation rather than a war of words that “reflects poorly” on the crowd.

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“I will tell you, it is a little bit frustrating for me to come in, sit down and look forward to hearing from you and talking with you, and seeing a room full of people who are standing in a way that shows they are not listening to me, that you don’t want to engage,” he said.

Some of the audience members heckled remarks about Indigenous rights and the Kinder Morgan pipeline. One placard read: “What will you commit to today?”

A woman, who identified herself as a young worker representative for the Public Service Alliance of Canada and a member of the union’s bargaining team, grilled Trudeau on the failed Phoenix payroll system.

“When the hell are we going to get paid, and, two, when the hell are we going to get a contract that is a good deal for all of us, not just one generation?” she asked.

“And why are we sticking with the Conservative mandate? I’m just so confused.”

Backs turned

After the event, one participant explained that some in the group turned their backs on the prime minister as a “deliberate message,” because they believe he has turned his back on them.

“I am disappointed that they felt they could bring the prime minister to this event and expect a group of young workers who they’ve spent the last two days telling us to be empowered, telling us to stand up, telling us to speak truth to power,” said Jessica Sikora.

“Then they put power in front of us and they expect us to sit quietly? That was never in the cards.”

Erin Warman said she is upset by the “broken promises.”

“Trudeau was elected to get some of these things done, electoral reform is a huge one,” she said.

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Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, reminded the audience that the labour movement is a “respectful movement.”

“The reality is, we can only have constructive dialogue to make this country a better one if we hear each other,” he said. “The prime minister came here this morning as our guest. We spent 10 horrible years experiencing the worst government.”

‘Thank you for challenging me’

Before the 30-minute session wrapped up, Trudeau thanked the crowd and left with a thumbs up and a promise to return next year.

“Thank you for your openness, to actually hearing my answers, thank you for challenging me,” he said, his words drowned out by people yelling, “Keep your promises!”

Back on Parliament Hill, opposition politicians seized on the event as evidence Trudeau’s popularity is waning.

“A lot of young people are starting to be disappointed with what they’re actually getting from the Trudeau government,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “Because beyond the photo ops and the easy sentences and the phrases that are cooked up here on the third floor, young people are insulted when the finance minister tells them their lot in life is going to be lousy, low-paid part-time jobs.”

But longtime Liberal MP Wayne Easter insisted it’s just a healthy sign of people expressing their difference of opinion.

“That’s fine. That happens in a democracy,” he said.

See full article here…….