Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (VESG)
December 8, 2013
‘Hold The Wall’ against the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline
Two important events occurred this past week concerning the future of fossil fuel projects in British Columbia. One was the release on Dec 5 of the report by Special Federal Representative Douglas Eyford
. He's the lawyer appointed earlier this year by Stephen Harper to find a way for fossil fuel projects in BC to overcome the opposition of First Nations. The other was a new declaration of opposition to the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline
by a number of environmental organizations, trade unions, other organizations and several elected politicians. The declaration is in solidarity with First Nations, specifically in support of the Save The Fraser Declaration
first issued by First Nations in 2010. More than 130 First Nations in British Columbia and the northern Canadian territory of Yukon have signed onto the Save the Fraser Declaration....more
Energized discussion at Vancouver Ecosocialists' Strategies forum
"Capitalism's gotta go," was the consensus among four panelists and over 50 people attending a public forum on "Strategies to Stop Climate Change" in Vancouver, December 3. The Vancouver Ecosocialist Group hosted the event and supplied one of the panelist, retired union member and paperworker Gene McGuckin
. Other panelists were Carleen A. Thomas
of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Kristjanne Vosper
from Rising Tide Vancouver/Coast Salish Territories, and Kevin Washbrook
, director of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change...more
Scientists: Current international warming target is "disasterous"
Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones.
Ever since the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, world leaders have agreed on 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) as the maximum acceptable global warming above preindustrial levels to avert the worst impacts of climate change (today we're at about 0.8 degrees C). But a new study, led by climatologist James Hansen of Columbia University, argues that pollution plans aimed at that target would still result in "disastrous consequences," from rampant sea level rise to widespread extinction....more
Energy workers union backs First Nations against Northern Gateway
Andrea Woo, Globe and Mail
. Canada’s largest private-sector union has thrown its support behind First Nations in opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, vowing to hit picket lines in solidarity if the project goes ahead. Unifor, formed on Labour Day weekend with the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, now has more than 300,000 members across the country...more
Unite leader on the struggle against climate change
By Mike Treen, national director of the Unite union
(New Zealand) December 2, 2013 -- Daily Blog -- The continuing pretense that world governments will do anything about climate change was exposed once more at the latest round of climate negotiations held in Poland November 11-22. This was the 19th round of annual negotiations. It is 21 years since the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Emissions are 60-70% higher than they were then. Global warming has proceeded at an accelerating pace. As a great article by economic historian Richard Smith notes: more
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