Peterborough 2014 Climate Change Rally

The theme was climate change, but it was the weather that changed dramatically. After torrential downpours in the morning, the sun broke through clouds about noon to welcome the stalwart to the Purple Onion Festival and the Climate Change Rally starting at 1:30 on Sunday. A crowd of several hundred people stood on the soggy grass of Millennium Park to hear the MCs, Rosemary Ganley and Guy Hanchet, explain how the rally was part of 2500 such rallies across the world, all aimed at building the political will to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Sekagya Yahaya, a traditional healer from Uganda, then pointed out how limited resources are in much of the world, and noted that climate change will make life even more difficult in Uganda. He ended by urging us all to value all of nature, not just humans.

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What the heck is a Polar Vortex anyway?

We here in Peterborough were caught in a cold snap for much of January and February, the coldest stretch in decades. Everywhere I went people were complaining about the winter and asking what happened to Global Warming. The weather reports were all talking about the Polar Vortex. What the heck is a Polar Vortex anyway?

Can we reconcile the apparent discrepancy between the coldest January in decades and global warming? I think so, and there is even pretty good evidence that the cold snap was caused by global warming.

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Peterborough 2013 Climate Change Rally

On Sunday, September 22, nearly 300 Peterborough residents gathered at Centennial Park to protest the Canadian government’s shameful lack of action on Climate Change and to let them know that we care. Grandparents, children, and grandchildren wore purple including many with 350.org headbands provided for the occasion. Local entertainers Washboard Hank, Al Black, Rick and Gailie, and …

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Peterborough Rally you won’t want to miss!

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) in Peterborough is organizing a Climate Change Rally on Sunday, September 22, from 11 AM to 12 NOON at Millenium Park to kick off the Purple Onion Festival.  Wear purple for a photograph at noon to set the Guinness book of records for people wearing purple. Read more about the Rally event on the …

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We could not have said it better!

We have attempted to explain why it is that a group of senior Canadians have committed themselves to persuading voters that Climate Change really matters.   Most of the fundamental explanations have been written by our elder statesman:  Walter Pitman. Now Drew Monkman, a columnist for the Peterborough Examiner, has written an account that we find convincing – …

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Waking up to Catastrophe

4RG’s Climate Change Forum, “Waking up to Catastrophe”, took place Saturday, May 25th, in Peterborough, Ontario. The title of the Forum was a carry-forward from last year’s “Sleep Walking to Catastrophe”. Since then public opinion in both Canada and the U.S. has changed, as most people now recognize that climate change is a threat to the future well being of the Earth.

Three panelists covered various dimensions of the topic:

Alanna Mitchell, the author of “Sea Sick”, reviewed the increase of Greenhouse Gas emissions.  She explained that the failure by the nations of the world to cap the emission of carbon dioxide means that the critical limit of GHG in the atmosphere will be exceeded in the next decades. She also pointed out that the oceans are absorbing both heat and carbon dioxide, a situation that will seriously impact fish stocks crucial to feeding the Earth’s population.

Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, reviewed the progress of the Province of Ontario in reducing GHG emissions.  He acknowledged that the Province had made progress to date, but pointed out that there were no programs in place for continued reductions from next year to 2020, the target date for Canada under the Copenhagen Accord.

The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Rural Affairs and MPP for Peterborough, reviewed the various programs instituted by the Ontario Government that had put Ontario close at the top of Canadian provinces in reducing GHG emissions.  He then answered a wide variety of questions from the audience directed to environmental issues.

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