Weekly list of environmental and social justice events and issues.
Updated every Monday.
What is COP28?
From November 30 – December 12, 2023, the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. COP28 is the latest Conference of the Parties (COP), the group of nations that forged the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. The Conference of the Parties (COP) meets annually to discuss ways to address the global climate crisis.
3 things you need to know about the UN’s Climate Conference – 2 min. video
- Global Stocktake
- Loss and Damage
- Fossil Fuels
Global 100 Renewable Energy Declaration – released at COP28
A world fully supplied by renewable sources of energy, like wind, solar, and other sustainable renewable energy sources is not only environmentally and socially desirable: it is already technically and economically feasible. The potential for clean renewables is vast, far exceeding the current and projected global energy demand. Technologies are readily available, they are more affordable – without subsidies – safer, and suitable for decentralised systems that empower local communities. Technologies such as nuclear energy and CCS are not needed, and neither is the large expansion of solid biomass use.
COP28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels
When COP28 President Al Jaber, who’s also CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), claimed there was no science linking a fossil fuel phase-out with the 1.5 degree target, a flurry of climate scientists pushed back with the IPCC reports.
Fossil fuels are weapons of mass destruction
The planet faces an existential threat if we do not transition from the current extractive model of growth to a low-carbon economy
Doing deals in Dubai
Undercover filming highlights Saudi plan to artificially raise oil demand
Officials from Saudi Arabia have admitted the country’s state-backed plan to target Africa and Asia with petrol, oil and diesel products. 8 min. video.
Plot to Triple Nuclear Power by 2050 — backed by Canada — Decried as ‘Dangerous Distraction’ at COP28
Nuclear energy is nothing more than a dangerous distraction. The attempt of a ‘nuclear renaissance’ led by nuclear industries’ lobbyists since the 2000s has never been successful—it is simply too costly, too risky, too undemocratic, and too time-consuming. We already have cheaper, safer, democratic, and faster solutions to the climate crisis, and they are renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Debunking the whole Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Scam – 2 min. video
Big Meat Unveils Battle Plans for COP28
Polluting livestock companies and lobby groups will target pavilions in a coordinated campaign at the UN climate summit, documents show.
COP28 day-by-day – livestream
Polluters must pay – send a message to the feds
All eyes are on our leaders at the upcoming COP 28 climate summit. Call on the Canadian government to do the right thing – tax the richest and biggest polluters, and use that money to support the communities most impacted by the climate emergency.
Naomi Klein to Heather Reisman: Charges must be dropped against Indigo 11
The extraordinary raids, arrests and property seizures of Palestine solidarity activists represent an extreme attack on political speech not seen in a generation
Ask your MP to call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestine
45 min. documentary about the genius of trolley’s around the world – including Toronto
Don’t let Ontario turn back the climate clock – Give the gift of cleaner and a renewable Ontario
The Ford Gov’t is ramming through new gas and nuclear plants when what we need are renewables. Help the Ontario Clean Air Alliance fight these polluting and backwards proposals with a charitable donation.
No public money for private health care
Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones: Stop using public money to fund private, for-profit healthcare clinics and instead invest in our public healthcare system.
Toronto Cycling Network 2025-2027 Public Input
The City of T.O. wants to hear from you to help us make recommendations on which bikeways to build, upgrade and study in 2025 to 2027. Fill out a short survey (opens in new window) or use an interactive map (opens in new window) to share your thoughts on future bikeways.
Indigenous Climate Action: decolonizing solutions
Mon. Dec. 4, 1 p.m. ET
Join us for a keynote and storytelling circle exploring the intersections of Indigenous rights and knowledge, climate justice, and decolonization. From international climate negotiations to frontline communities, Indigenous leaders are motivating people to activate climate solutions in a new way. Through stories and perspectives shared by these incredible leaders, the audience will find hope in the power of relationships and Indigenous-led climate movements.
Laudate Deum: Eco-Spirituality in Action
Tues. Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
Join Citizens for Public Justice in collaboration with For the Love of Creation and the Galilee Catholic Retreat Centre for a powerful webinar dedicated to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Laudate Deum.” Discover how this inspiring document serves as a call to action in the realms of environmental justice and creation care.
Nonviolent Social Action: Sharing Experiences in War, Conflict and with Climate Change
Tues. Dec. 5, 5 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Dr. Jill Carr-Harris has honed her knowledge of the strategy and tactics of nonviolent action by participating in successful campaigns in India on behalf of marginalized communities. She has now turned her attention to Canada and the issue of how to build effective peace and climate movements through well-orchestrated nonviolent campaigns, including an upcoming Caravan of Peace in Nova Scotia.
TEA’s 2023 Greener City Celebration
Tues. Dec. 5, 7 p.m. to late
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W, Toronto
TEA’s (Toronto Environmental Alliance) Greener City Celebration is an annual end-of-year event that brings together our community of supporters and collaborators for an evening of good fun, conversation, and entertainment.
Global launch: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023
Wed. Dec. 6, 9 a.m. ET
The Global Launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023 (WNISR2023) is co-hosted by the German Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union .
Global Human Security: Cooperation, Common Security and the Climate
Wed. Dec. 6, 1 p.m. ET
How do climate justice and global economics relate to national security? Can a cooperative approach to human and planetary security be achieved internationally? What are the dangers with military security if this is not achieved? This webinar will interrogate some of the assumptions and deadly impacts of national ‘security’ and consider what needs to change in international relations in order to meet challenges such as climate breakdown through cooperation and mutuality, rather than competition.
How youth are disrupting media right now
Wed. Dec. 6, 7 – 8 p.m. ET
How is social media rewriting the rules of community activism? In what ways is digital storytelling revolutionizing human rights journalism and reporting? Explore how new-age innovators are challenging the status quo, breaking through the barriers of underrepresentation in mainstream media. Join a compelling conversation that dives into the future of media and emerges with fresh perspectives from the young creators leading this revolution.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Wed. Dec. 6
It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On December 6, we remember, we mourn their loss, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy and the misogyny that still exists today.
Women Won’t Forget – Vigil
Wed. Dec. 6, 6 p.m. ET
At Philosopher’s Walk, (Between the Royal Ontario Museum and the Royal Conservatory of Music, south side of Bloor, West of Avenue Road), Toronto
Bring a rose and candle.
Violence in Society – Vigil, Guest speakers and Awards Presentation
Wed. Dec. 6, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET
200 King St. East, SJ128, Toronto
Artivism, disruption and climate action
Thur. Dec. 7, 3 p.m. ET
Using art as a means for social change, artivists (artist activists) can change the world. Join us for a fascinating conversation about the role of art as activism and climate disruption.
24 Hours of Reality: On the Ground at COP 28 with the Climate Reality Project
Thur. Dec. 7
24 Hours of Reality media event brings audiences worldwide to the heart of the global response and the UN’s COP 28 climate summit in Dubai. Join us for a day of stories, interviews, and more streamed from Dubai. It’s a chance to hear from negotiators inside talks to phase out fossil fuels and stop global warming – as well as youth voices, Indigenous leaders, and advocates fighting for our future.
Transport Futures – Mobility Pricing Conversations
Dec. 7, 14, 19, 1 – 2 p.m. ET
To mark Transport Futures’ 15th anniversary, international mobility pricing experts will discuss how road tolls, parking fees, transit fares and related policies help to manage traffic demand, reduce environmental impacts and generate revenue for infrastructure.
Some insights into COP 28: What is happening on the ground?
Fri. Dec. 8, 9 a.m. ET
Join us for an hour of informal conversation with activists on the ground at COP28. Live from Dubai, they will tell us about their efforts to move military issues up the climate agenda, and to foreground demilitarisation as a strategy for climate justice. Others will join to tell why they do not join the COP this time.
Candles for COP28 – Vigils for Climate Justice
Dec. 8 – 10 across Canada including Penticton, Morden, Toronto, Coberg, Ottawa, Montreal, Wolfville
Fri. Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. Gathering, Lighting Candles, 5 p.m. Vigil Program begins
Matt Cohen Park (SE corner of Bloor St and Spadina), Toronto
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) is taking place right now in the United Arab Emirates. Join us for an outdoor candlelight vigil. This will be a time to reflect and share our love for our planet, our concern for ourselves, humanity and all our non-human relations at risk from climate change. And a time to share hopes for truly transformative action to happen through global leaders and through each other. This COP must put an end to fossil fuels! Electric tea-light candles will be provided.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 75
Sun. Dec. 10, 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most groundbreaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
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