Weekly list of environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.

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Australian Progressives Hail ‘Greenslide’ Amid Big Left Wins and Morrison’s Ouster

“Millions of Australians have put climate first. Now, it’s time for a radical reset on how this great nation of ours acts upon the climate challenge.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/21/australian-progressives-hail-greenslide-amid-big-left-wins-and-morrisons-ouster

 

Tell Trudeau and Freeland: Cancel the $10B Trans Mountain pipeline loan guarantee and instead invest in a Just Transition to 100% clean energy

https://act.350.org/sign/tmx-loan

 

40% of Fossil Fuels Now Under Development Must Stay in the Ground

https://www.theenergymix.com/2022/05/17/breaking-40-of-fossil-fuels-now-under-development-must-stay-in-the-ground/

 

Delhi suffers at 49C as heatwave sweeps India

The cost of such extreme weather events is disproportionately borne by the poor.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61242341

 

Will Canada finally stem rising air travel emissions? – By David Suzuki

If aviation were a country, it would be the world’s fifth-largest emitter.

https://rabble.ca/environment/will-canada-finally-stem-rising-air-travel-emissions-in-2022/

 

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ONTARIO – Let’s make this election about the environment

 

Ontario Vote Wild!

Wilderness Committee outlines the hot-button environmental issues that will determine Ontario’s future. Now we need you to bring them to your local candidates.

https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/publications/ontario-vote-wild

 

Ontario Provincial Election Actions and Resources

For Our Grandchildren (Peterborough) has created excellent resources, comparing environmental platforms and records of the 4 major parties, as well as pamphlets, videos, canvassing materials and more. 

https://forourgrandchildren.ca/ontario-provincial-election-actions/

 

Ford government’s climate policies cost taxpayers more than $10 billion

… in lost revenues, legal fees and compensation for cancelled contracts. The financial price of the government’s climate policies stands in stark contrast to oft-touted PC promises to responsibly shepherd taxpayers’ money and kick the province’s economy into high gear.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/05/19/news/ford-government-climate-policies-cost-taxpayers-10-billion-report   

 

EnergyMix Ontario Election News

https://theenergymix.com/search-results/?_sft_category=ontario

 

Women Winning Office – by Peggy Nash

Women Winning Office is a practical handbook for activist women on how to open doors and take their place in the political process.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/women-winning-office-an-activists/9781771135993-item.html

 

Methane Emissions Far Exceed Reported Levels as Ontario Plans Gas Ramp Up

Because of fugitive emissions from gas extraction and transport, ON’s emissions from gas consumption are actually double the amounts reported.

https://theenergymix.com/2022/05/16/methane-emissions-twice-as-high-as-reported-as-ontario-plans-new-gas-plants/

 

Not One Seat! is working in Toronto Swing Ridings, canvassing voters to vote strategically. Sign up to help!

https://www.notoneseat.ca/

 

Ontario Voter Coalition

Resources provided for conversations with voters in swing ridings.

https://ontariovoterscoalition.ca/

 

To: Dear Andrea Horwath, Steven Del Duca and Mike Schreiner – Please Share 10 Seats in Ontario

https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/please-share-10-seats-in-ontario

 

Ontario Climate Emergency Campaigns invites you to send the 12-point Climate Action Plan to candidates in your riding with one click

https://www.ontarioclimateemergency.ca/about-3

 

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EVENTS

 

International Uranium Film Festival

42 films, online, free, on all things nuclear, available until May 29, 2022

https://vimeo.com/showcase/uranium2022

 

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Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis – discussion with author Britt Wray

Tues. May 24, 10 p.m. ET

We’re living in a world where climate and environmental-related fears are ever so rising. As with any type of stress, eco-anxiety can lead to lead to burnout, avoidance, or a disturbance of daily functioning. In Generation Dread, Britt Wray seamlessly merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world. An impassioned generational perspective on how to stay sane amid climate disruption.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/generation-dread-launch-with-britt-wray-tickets-328390915067

 

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The factors affecting social acceptance of renewable energy and transmission projects

Tues. May 24, noon – 1 p.m. ET

Electricity powered by renewable energy is a growing solution to climate change.  Energy experts consistently project at least a doubling of the size of Canada’s electricity system to power transportation, buildings and industry over the next couple of decades. Engineers, energy modelers and economists tell us what needs to be done. What’s missing from the conversation about electrification is what citizens think, need and want. Attend this webinar to learn what social scientists and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s national focus groups and survey research find is important to social acceptance of renewable energy and transmission projects.

https://www.conservationcouncil.ca/webinar-factors-affecting-social-acceptance-of-renewable-energy-and-transmission-projects/

 

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Organizing for Justice and Dignity: Grassroots Organizers reflect on how they confront, resist and organize in and outside the law

Tues. May 24, 6 – 7:30 pm EST

This panel brings together several leading organizers/scholars to reflect on organizing, the strategies of resistance and solidarity that have been undertaken through their sites of struggle, and what lessons have been learnt to navigate and circumvent legal frameworks and efforts by bosses to suppress workplace organizing. 

https://tinyurl.com/organizingandlaw

 

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Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Infectious diseases

Tues. May 24, 1 – 2 p.m. ET

In this webinar, Dr. Nick Ogden from the Public Health Agency of Canada will present the methodology and contents of the Infectious Diseases chapter of the recently released report- Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action. The chapter highlights the impacts of climate change on risks from infectious diseases of importance for public health in Canada, including those that are current, known disease risks (e.g., Lyme disease, West Nile virus) and new risks that may emerge. It identifies the evidence to date of changing patterns that could be, or are, attributable to recent climate change. Current capacity for adaptation for increasing/changing infectious disease risks will be explored, and gaps and future opportunities identified.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6216504204295/WN_ViKnvhIgSmCDE-dzyzKKfw

 

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Institute in Peace, Health and Sustainability with the Pegasus Institute

May 24-June 10

Peace through health. – Decolonizing Humanitarian Action: Challenges and Dilemmas. – Environment and Human Health

https://www.mcgill.ca/summerinstitute-globalhealth/courses/institute-peace-health-and-sustainability

 

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Remembering Trauma, Imagining Hope

Tues. – Thur. May 24 – 26

This online conference will address the need for theologians to engage Canada’s history of colonization, systemic racism, and ecological devastation. Hosted by Canadian Theological Society and Schmeiser Centre. Free.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/remembering-trauma-imagining-hope-2022-cts-online-conference-registration-324216419037  

 

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Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles

Wed. May 25, 9 a.m. ET

The authors of this new study, who analyzed 139 smart charging tariffs and services across Europe, will share:

* A brief overview of the benefits of smart charging for users, grids and the power system.

* Best practice examples of dedicated EV tariffs and services.

* Recommendations to accelerate the use of smart charging.

https://copperalliance.zoom.us/webinar/register/2016039663253/WN_Ol7DKHOPR5SZxIimtEOwrg?timezone_id=America%2FNew_York

For an introduction to smart charging, check out our earlier webinar: https://youtu.be/paYHzB-faMQ  

 

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Transport Futures – Provincial Election Transportation Debate

Wed. May 25, 10 am – Noon ET

Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto AND Online

With Ontarians casting their votes on June 2, Transport Futures is hosting a Provincial Election Transportation Debate on the morning of May 25. Although the PC Party has declined our invitation to participate, the NDP, Liberals and Greens are keen to answer questions on how they’ll solve a range of transport challenges: traffic congestion, multi-modal infrastructure funding, disruptive technologies, goods movement, equity, safety, governance and environmental impacts.

https://transportfutures.ca/22debate

 

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Transportation in a Time of Climate Crisis: Complete Communities

Wed. May 25, 7 pm ET

Smart community planning can reduce or eliminate the need to travel by car, and all the space they require, the costs they impose, and the dangers they create.  This approach of “complete communities”, also known as the “the 15-minute city”, can assist in the realization of many social, economic, climate and environmental goals, and bring many benefits. Presentations by Todd Litman, a Victoria-based international transportation planner, and Christine Lintott, a Victoria-based architect.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/transportation-in-a-time-of-climate-crisis-3-complete-communities-tickets-335588693817

 

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Seeking Justice

May 25 – 27

CPJ (Citizens for Public Justice) is excited to present our second annual virtual Justice Conference. Through a variety of keynotes and workshops, participants will explore living examples of what it looks like to seek justice within our institutions and co-create more just, faithful, and healthy ways of relating to one another and to all of creation.

https://cpj.ca/sj2022 /  

 

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100% clean, reliable, renewable electricity for Canada is possible by 2035. Here’s how

Thur. May 26, 7 p.m. ET

Join us to learn how wind, solar, energy storage, energy efficiency and better grid connections combine to make 100% clean electricity by 2035 100% possible. Hosted by David Suzuki Foundation

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7916527207338/WN_D8iHL0R_StGvNX1GnRQdaw  

 

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Doug Ford’s Urban Sprawl Agenda: Pave everything from farmlands to wetlands!

Thur. May 26, 1 p.m. ET

Join Us for a conversation about Doug Ford’s Urban Sprawl Agenda and the urgent need to stop it in its tracks when Ontario votes on June 2nd. From farmlands to wetlands Ford’s “growth at any cost” platform targets everything we need to protect a liveable climate and build an ecologically sustainable future.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodOGurD0qH9HIdji3kvXokEJx_GFExgH9

 

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Sound The Alarm for Wet’suwet’en

Thurs. May 26, 7 p.m. ET

Join this massive mobilization call to alert allies and friends from coast to coast that Wet’suwet’en people need their help to Stop The Drilling under their sacred headwaters, Wedzin Kwa. Attendees will hear from Sleydo’, Chief Na’Moks, and Chief Woos about what’s happening right now on the Yintah. You’ll hear about the violence, surveillance and intimidation that is escalating on Wet’suwet’en territory, and what they can do to help stop the drilling and call off the RCMP.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7ArK3LyXQqy5L6DuoymZlA

 

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What is the Cause of Inflation?

Thur. May 26, 7 p.m. ET

Featuring DK Cochrane, economist and policy researcher for Canadians for Tax Fairness, and Gary Porter, B.C. organizer for Socialist Action.

https://youtu.be/J-rKRJEr8rs

 

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Nuclear Dangers in Ukraine

Thursday, May 26, 2 pm ET

Featuring former California governor, Jerry Brown, moderated by Richard Falk, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpfuisrTgvE9a_EGgNv4_FoC_qpT66QH3D  

 

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Lobbying, Decarbonization and the Financial System

Thur. May 26, 7 p.m. ET

The tobacco industry shouldn’t get a say in the fight against smoking, and the fossil fuel industry shouldn’t get a say about how we fight climate change – but in Canada, it does. Senator Rosa Galvez says Canadians need to push harder to ensure science, not industry, shapes our climate policies. She will join Linda Solomon Wood to discuss the impacts of the fossil fuel lobby, and how Canadians can effectively engage with the government to push for change.

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oOi_KZ1yTT2VXp_R24j1SQ  

 

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Ukraine and Beyond – with Noam Chomsky

Thur. May 26, 8 p.m. ET

In this presentation, Chomsky will touch on the roots of the Ukraine war and potential paths to a sane resolution through an all-out effort of diplomacy and statecraft. He will examine the implications of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, and look at the frightening impacts that the decisions of world leaders toward this criminal Russian invasion are having far beyond Ukraine.

https://masspeaceaction.org/event/noam-chomsky-ukraine-and-beyond/

 

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No Consent for Nuclear Waste on Algonquin Lands

Thur. May 26, 9:30 – noon ET

Hear key nuclear and legal experts speak on the serious issues with the nuke waste dump proposed for Chalk River, ON (upstream from Ottawa). We’ll open the discussion to practical actions that we can all take into the upcoming licensing hearing together and beyond to protect the Ottawa River. Hosted by the Algonquin Nation of Kebaowek.

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/85870536259

ID: 858 7053 6259 | Passcode: 334127

 

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

May 26 – June 2

Hot Docs Theatre, 506 Bloor W, Toronto AND Online

The HRW Film Festival celebrates its 19th Anniversary with free screenings and special programming of 5 compelling documentaries from around the globe. These will be shown in person in Toronto and online across Canada. Free!

https://ff.hrw.org/toronto  

 

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https://www.democracynow.org/    

 

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