|Feds shirk responsibilities on tar sands
Canada's federal government is not meeting its legal and constitutional obligations to regulate the tar sands industry. A report released this week by Environmental Defence, Equiterre, and the Pembina Institute, Duty calls: Federal responsibility in Canada's oil sands, details how the federal government should be (but isn't) overseeing tar sands development and regulating it under the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
The report also calls on the government to uphold its constitutional responsibilities and consult with affected First Nations communities prior to approving tar sands developments. Tar sands developments are located on the traditional territories of beneficiaries of Treaty 8, which guarantees their right to hunt, trap, and fish on their traditional land. Yet there has been a severe lack of consultation about tar sands expansion.
From Crude Awakening to Climate Camp, direct action needs a new story
One of the strange and worrying things about the past year is that even as evidence of the impact of climate change mounted, the direct action movement seemed at times to have subsided. Does Saturday's "Crude Awakening" blockade of Coryton oil refinery (watch the video above) mark a return to form and potentially a new direction? more
Vehicle emission standards could reduce oil disasters
A new report by Greenpeace explains how EU emissions standards could reduce Europe's oil consumption, and eliminate the need for oil imports from dirty and dangerous sources.
Why do they protest the tar sands?
On Sunday, Toronto activists gathered at Yonge and Dundas Square for some old-fashioned outreach about the planet's largest and most destructive energy project. The Ask Me Why I Protest the Tar Sands campaign had the radical idea that talking to people face-to-face might be a good way to influence public opinion. Check out more photos of this ingenious education campaign here.
Calling All Climate Justice Artists!
Do you care about climate justice, and have a flair for photography, painting, or drawing? Then you want to share your art with Beyond Parts Per Million: Voices for the Frontlines. This new publication aims to amplify the voices of frontline communities in the fight against climate change, and highlight the links between climate change and other social movements. To really get the word out there, they need cover art, story illustrations, and other visuals. This is a great opportunity to do some good, and get your art distributed world-wide. more