More Bang for our Buck

This summer I had a thoroughly pleasant morning with an old friend at the Fredericton Saturday farmers’ market. Steve stopped to chat with friends wherever he turned, we bought provisions, and I bought a few gifts for my family. I was intrigued by the number of people wearing yellow t-shirts with the logo you see at …

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“International Coalition of Grandparents Appeal for Climate Sanity”

Statement to national and international political leaders from Concerned Grandparents – united for our grandchildrens’ sustainable future. International Grandparents call for a new moral leadership, giving priority to the safety of all our grandchildren and their right to a sustainable planet. Putting their best interest at the top of national and international political agendas will …

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Our Honourary Member, Bishop Desmond Tutu, speaks out!

Nearly two years ago Bishop Desmond Tutu agreed to join 4RG as an Honourary Member of our Steering Committee.  Just prior to this, Bishop Tutu and other South African leaders tried to sway the Canadian Government from withdrawing from the Kyoto Convention on climate change.

In asking for our continued support for Kyoto, these South Africans referred to the leadership that Canada had demonstrated in the fight against Apartheid.   They appealed to Canada to show a similar commitment to moral principles in making the tough political decisions about climate change.

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Are the tar sands ecocide?

For six decades Canadians regarded the tar sands as a natural resource to be developed.  The site of the tar sands, located in Canada’s Northern boreal forest, was very sparsely populated, mainly by aboriginal peoples. Apart from sporadic mine sites, there was no other large economic activity carried on until tar sands development arrived in the early 60’s.

Initially no one recognized the risks that could result from the development of the tar sands.  Certainly the extraction of the bitumen from the tar sands would destroy trees and the landscape, but this destruction could later be remedied over time by restoration of the forest.  It was assumed that the toxic substances released by extraction and processing would be in minimal quantities, and so absorbed in the vast space until nature had rendered them harmless. If by chance health consequences did arise, the long-suffering aboriginal peoples would be unlikely to complain until the tar sands reached the status of national resource. The generation of CO2 emissions was not foreseen as a risk until the development was well underway.

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A Summary of what happened at COP 19.

A short day-by-day summary of COP19 from the perspective of environmental groups as reported by Climate Mosaic.  Click on the links to find out more.

Day 1 – The commitment of the Philippine delegate to fast during the talks at COP19 . . . to dramatize the need to have concrete results from this Conference.

Day 2 –Poland’s decision to host the Coal and Climate Summit at the same time as COP19 is criticized.  Coal contributes more GHG emissions than any other fossil fuel.

Day 3 – Contrary to the views of certain climate change sceptics, adaptation is not a sufficient policy. Steps must be taken to mitigate CO2 emissions NOW!   A preview of the anticipated Adaptation Report that will be delivered by the IPCC Scientific Commission next near.

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