“It always seems impossible until it is done.”
- Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela inspired all of us with his courage, his unyielding resistance, and his grace. Inspired by Mandela’s vision, climate activists from around the world helped make this video last June during the Global Power Shift convergence organized by 350.org.
For the Citizens of Our Planet
Stop Line 9
2013 Oct 19
Here we go again!
CN train derailment at Gainford, 80km west of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. More than 100 people remain out of their homes after 13 cars of a CN freight train carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas went off the tracks.
2013 Jul 08
Climate Change is real and happening now. When will policy makers and the general public wake up and pay attention?
2013 Jul 06
Lac-Megantic Crude Oil Accident
Accidents happen. Tar sands oil through Line 9 would be another accident waiting to happen. This stuff is destroying Canadian lives and will continue to do so until we leave it in the ground.
What’s happening in Hamilton & Area
Cross-Canada actions on June 25 in support of Tar Sands blockade in Ontario
2013 June 25
MEDIA ADVISORY *** BREAKING NEWS
After 5 days of stopping work on Line 9 at Enbridge’s Westover pump station, the Swamp Line 9 camp has been served an injunction. In response to this legal maneuvre by Enbridge, protestors on the site have locked themselves to the gates of the pump station. Other protestors are rallying across the street, in front of Enbridge’s Westover Terminal, to continue demanding that tar sands oil not be shipped through our communities. They invite their allies and the public to join them there this morning in solidarity.
“It’s disgraceful that Enbridge is trying to resolve this situation with an injunction when the conflict is rooted in their refusal to meaningfully consult and seek consent from impacted communities,” said Trish Mills, who is participating in the lockdown. “First Enbridge tried getting the Line 9 reversal done by stealth, then by trickery, and now, finally, they will do it by force.”
“The injunction means our strategies for how to stop this project need to adapt,” said Elysia Petrone. “Some of us will leave the site to continue demonstrating across the street, while others have decided its necessary to lock themselves down to remain on the site as long as possible.”
The injunction was served at approximately 8:15am on June 25, on the same day as co-ordinated rallies in support of Swamp Line 9 are planned across the country. It gives the protestors two hours to leave the site.
Direct Action occupation of Enbrige’s Line 9 construction site sparks solidarity actions
PRESS BRIEFING AT BLOCKADED WESTOVER REVERSAL STATION: 12PM, June 25, 2013
Canada – Protest actions are planned outside Enbridge offices and other key locations in nearly a dozen cities across Canada in support of activists who took over a pumping station north of Hamilton, Ontario early Thursday morning. This action, dubbed Swamp Line 9, aims to prevent construction on Line 9 and block the transport of Tar Sands through Ontario and Quebec. This action is also part of the Idle No More campaign Sovereignty Summer.
Line 9 is an existing pipeline that currently runs east to west from Montreal to Sarnia; however Enbridge has applied to reverse the direction of the pipeline in order to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to the East Coast.
This pipeline crosses the territories of 18 Indigenous nations along its route, including the Six Nations of the Grand River who have not given free, prior, informed consent to the project. Only the first leg of the reversal has been approved by the National Energy Board, and public consultations for the second section are scheduled for the fall. However, Enbridge has already begun construction on this project.
Line 9 crosses dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, including Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Hamilton’s largest watershed, putting the drinking water of millions of people at risk of an oil spill.
Line 9 Protesters close Hwy 6
Stop Line 9
Oil Spill on Hwy 6
Climate Disasters displace millions of people worldwide
Population Growth and Climate Change explained by Hans Rosling
Government should ‘grow up’ on Climate Change
Canadian Scientists speak out against tar sands extraction:
Our Drinking Water in Crisis
a summary of the science
1. Changes in climate have significant implications for present lives, for future generations
and for ecosystems on which humanity depends. Consequently, climate change has
been and continues to be the subject of intensive scientific research and public debate.
2. There is strong evidence that the warming of the Earth over the last half-century has
been caused largely by human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels and changes
in land use, including agriculture and deforestation. The size of future temperature
increases and other aspects of climate change, especially at the regional scale, are still
subject to uncertainty. Nevertheless, the risks associated with some of these changes
are substantial. It is important that decision makers have access to climate science of
the highest quality, and can take account of its findings in formulating appropriate
3. In view of the ongoing public and political debates about climate change, the aim of this
document is to summarise the current scientific evidence on climate change and its
drivers. It lays out clearly where the science is well established, where there is wide
consensus but continuing debate, and where there remains substantial uncertainty. The
impacts of climate change, as distinct from the causes, are not considered here. This
document draws upon recent evidence and builds on the Fourth Assessment Report of
Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in
2007, which is the most comprehensive source of climate science and its uncertainties.
Click here to read more:
Climate Change: a summary of the science
The Royal Society, September 2010 (850KB pdf)
$1.4B in oil subsidies. Your donations needed to promote tar-sands industry.
Stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline!
What the Economic Crisis really means and what we can do about it
Oil in Eden:
The Battle to Protect Canada’s Pacific Coast
Connect the Dots
On May 5, 2012
Come and Connect the Dots
Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
with an afterword by Elizabeth May, Leader of The Green Party of Canada
Watch 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 seconds
by Charles Eisenstein
Money, Gift & Community in an Age of Transition
THE CLIMATE CHARTER
Hamilton introduces the first community Climate Change Charter in Ontario. Clean Air Hamilton, Green Venture, Environment Hamilton and other community groups have teamed up to introduce and endorse Hamilton’s Climate Change Action Charter in the community.
“There are an increasing number of cities and regions from around the world that are developing their own actions to deal with climate change” states Brian McCarry, Chair of Clean Air Hamilton. “Climate change is increasingly being tackled at a local level. We are pleased to partner with organizations and individuals in the community of Hamilton to support and introduce this Charter”.
The Charter has won support from a number of business, academic and environmental groups in Hamilton. The Community Climate Change Action Charter is a voluntary statement that acknowledges the reality of climate change and asks commitment to measure and set targets for the reduction of emissions at the personal, organizational and community level. The Charter is available online at: http://climatechangehamilton.ca/.
Hamilton Climate Change Action Charter
What to do about Gas Prices
- check our Participation Page
Food Security and Climate Change
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This is an invitation to help build a movement.
We are a group of people from Hamilton, Ontario – young and old, scientists and writers and activists – who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350.
350 parts per million is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere if we want to forestall catastrophic climate change.
As part of the global 350.org movement, we are using that number to focus attention and force action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced.
In October of 2009, we coordinated a day of workshops that culminated in a march to the Federal Building on Bay St. N. It was one of 5200 simultaneous rallies and demonstrations in 181 countries, part of a global effort that CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”
In December 2009 we held a candlelight walk along James St. N. as part of a global call for candlelight vigils to encourage world leaders to make the right choices at the Copenhagen climate conference.
For Thanksgiving 2010 we put together our “Climate Carrot” and “Garlic Bus” campaigns, to make a clear connection between imported food, short-sighted local planning decisions, and climate change. Again, it’s part of a larger message being sent by communities across the world to our leaders: “If we can get to work on solutions to the climate crisis, so can you.” View this video of the Garlic Bus event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAmryFnUG-g
On December 4th 2010 we marched for the victims of climate chaos in 2010 – the Pakistan floods and the Russian forest fires among them. Carrying mock coffins and handing out flyers we reminded people of the carbon load created by their Christmas consumption and encouraged them to donate to one of the aid organizations helping victims of climate change instead.
We’re uniting local efforts to a global cause…and we need you! Find out what’s happening, get involved and help spread the word!