#WRGreens: Inspiring Climate Action #ONpoli

Brainstorming participants at the Federal Climate Consultation

If you’re not exactly sure what you want to tell the Ontario government’s Climate Consultation, resources follow.  (We will update this page with any additional submissions people share with us.

DEMAND the Ontario Government keeps the independent Environmental watchdog, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, who has just released “her 2018 Environmental Protection Report, Back to Basics, to the Ontario Legislature.

Delivered as four individual volumes, the report calls on the provincial government to limit water pollution, commit funding towards programs that protect municipal drinking water sources, as well as increase the protection of wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife across the province.

This report includes:

  • Water pollution and drinking water
  • Wildlife disease and monitoring
  • The loss of forests and wetlands in southern Ontario

Ministry report cards on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights

“The environmental commissioner has a mandate to monitor the government’s compliance with provincial environmental laws, including Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, and to report annually on the government’s progress toward its greenhouse gas reduction targets. The current commissioner is Dianne Saxe, a former environmental lawyer, appointed in 2015.”
— CBC Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivers the fall economic statement

Ontario needs the independent office of Ontario Environmental Commissioner for our own protection.


Rise For Climate Waterloo Region submission
I offer the following balanced solution to hold polluters accountable to ensure that GHG are reduced and to unlock the power of Ontario’s businesses to finance and drive innovative climate solutions.

Polluters are held accountable by putting a price on carbon pollution. In order to protect Ontarian families from the associated price increase, monies collected from the pollution price can be returned to citizens on a per-capita basis, through a dividend or “climate action incentive”. Canadians for Clean Prosperity has shown that 80% of Ontario’s households will actually get more in climate action incentives than they pay in carbon pollution fees. By having the Ontario Government cancel cap-and-trade, it has opened the door to a transparent price on carbon pollution, with climate action incentives to protect Ontario’s families from price increases.

Rather than entering a expensive court battle over putting a price on carbon (which increases both Federal and Provincial expenditures and therefore, taxes), the Ontario government could drop the lawsuit. Experts indicate that the Federal government will win the lawsuit, as it is critical for Canadian governments to take action on climate change.

In order for the price on carbon pollution to work effectively to reduce emissions, the price needs to be substantially higher than the $50 per tonne that it is scheduled to reach in 2022. Ontario should work with the Federal government to ramp-up of the price for the five years after 2022 to reach the emission reductions needed to meet Canada’s fair-share contribution to our international commitments under the United Nations Conference of the Parties.

As the carbon price increases, it impacts behaviour. In the short term, it will reduce consumption of carbon-intensive energy. In the medium term, it will affect purchasing decisions, as people will want to make purchases that create less carbon pollution. Over the long term, businesses will innovate and offer customers more choice and newer products to help them avoid creating and paying for carbon pollution.

To help Ontarians to assist in this transition, we call on the Provincial government to partner with Municipalities to implement a broad-based education program to educate regarding the causes, effects, and solutions on climate change. This will not only create the political will for bold changes that are necessary, but it will also prepare and strengthen our collective resiliency.


The Green Party of Ontario has an excellent plan of #ClimateAction
(you’re not really surprised at this, are you?)

  • Science-based commitments: Ontario should do its part to limit global average temperature increase to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, aiming for 1.5C
  • Legislated emission targets: Ontario should adopt binding emission targets that respect our share of Canada’s obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    • 15% reduction below 1990 levels by 2020
    • 37% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030
    • Net Carbon Neutral by 2050
  • Pollution pricing: Ontario should accept the global consensus from academics, economists, and Nobel Prize winning experts who agree that a price on pollution is the most effective and efficient way to reduce emissions. It is the foundation upon which a credible climate plan is built.
  • Job creation in the clean economy: Ontario should leap into the $26 trillion global clean economy, supporting jobs and investment in the fastest growing sectors in the world.
  • Energy efficiency and conservation: Ontario should prioritize energy efficiency and conservation as the first-step solutions for lowering our carbon footprint, while helping people and businesses to save money by saving energy.

https://gpo.ca/climate/
Download the new GPO strategy plan  Leaping into the Future” PDF  for more detail!


Hey, folks. Tweet storm coming about Ontario's Climate Consultation and how you can respond to Ford's gov't in a few easy ways: First of all, the consultation is here - https://www.ontario.ca/form/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change

https://www.ontario.ca/form/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change

  • More low carbon public transit:  electric buses, trains, bike lanes, and
  • reduce the amount of car infrastructure, ie: parking lots, highway extensions.
  • Replace gas stations with charging stations.
  • Subsidize retrofits for all carbon emitting housing and
  • making it obligatory for all new buildings to be carbon neutral or even carbon negative.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING! Dense spaces along public transit lines. Infill housing, because we want to leave as much nature for nature as possible. DENSITY IS KEY!
  • Agricultural reform, commiting our greenbelt to 100% agroecological farming practicing and reducing the need for nitrogen fertilizer
  • mandate all government buildings and operations go zero carbon
  • Broad-based education for everyone on climate change, impacts, and what we need to do to limit it and adapt to it.
  • MASSIVE TREE PLANTING INITATIVE!
  • Also remind Mr Ford that he famously said the best way out of poverty is “something called a job.” All of the above (again not exhaustive) will lead to a huge number of jobs.

text from tweetstorm of climate activist & mom, Meg Ruttan Walker @TricksyRaccoon on Twitter


Often when we talk about Climate Action the topic is about how to slow or stop Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  But part of the problem is that we already have a ridiculous amount of carbon in our atmosphere now that needs to be dealt with.  The comprehensive book “Drawdown” looks at a whole host of strategies — 100, in fact — for fighting climate change across the board.  You’ll find even more ideas to include in your consultation submission on the Drawdown website’s solutions page


Suggestions from the Waterloo Region Federal Climate Change Consultation:


⇒ Ontario Climate Consultation webform

 

Warmer, Wetter and Wilder with Dr. Blair Feltmate, hosted by #NithValleyEcoboosters

This is not a Green Party event, but since Sustainability and Ecological Wisdom are core values for all Green Parties everyone is encouraged to attend

Nith Valley Eco Boosters The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are pleased to present an informative and timely talk featuring Dr. Blair Feltmate. Dr. Feltmate is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo. He has written textbooks on environmental science and sustainable development and is involved in the creation of several national climate adaptation Standards involving the National Research Council, Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association. Blair is also Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation.

Significant damage from high winds, heavy rain and floods is becoming a more frequent occurrence. Members of our community need to know how to protect themselves and their property so that the effects of severe weather can be minimized. Dr. Feltmate will begin his presentation by establishing that climate change is real, and is causing extreme weather events – particularly in the form of flooding. This “new normal” situation has proven to be costly for all regions of Canada. In an effort to help limit future losses, the discussion will then address practical and cost-effective steps that home owners and communities can take to lower their flood risk profile. Dr. Feltmate will be happy to take questions from the audience throughout his presentation.

Doors open at 7:00PM and the presentation will begin at 7:30PM. Light refreshments will be served at approximately 8:45PM.

This event is sponsored by:

  • The Nith Valley Ecoboosters
  • The Imperial (New Hamburg)
  • Intact Insurance (London)
  • John Zehr Insurance (New Hamburg)
  • Zion United Church (New Hamburg)
  • Grant Holdings/Grant Jutzi (New Hamburg)
  • Nith Valley Construction (New Hamburg)
  • Kindred Credit Union (New Hamburg)
  • Town Pantry Health Food Store (New Hamburg)
  • The Baden Outlook
  • Jonathan Barker Illustration (New Hamburg)

What: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder with Dr. Blair Feltman
When: Tuesday, 6 November 2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Zion United Church
Location: 215 Peel Street, New Hamburg, Ontario Map

Mirrored from: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder – Dr. Blair Feltmate Tickets, Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Eventbrite

Warmer, Wetter and Wilder | What Homeowners and Communities Can Expect under a Changing Climate -- and How They Can Prepare | Dr. Blair Feltmate

Faith and Climate Transformation: A presentation with Dr. Sailesh Rao

This is not a Green Party event, but since Sustainability and Ecological Wisdom are core values for all Green Parties everyone is encouraged to attend

The Grand River Unitarian Social Action Committee has just organized a fantastic lecture opportunity from Dr. Sailesh Rao. He is making a presentation at the Parliament of World’s Religions and has agreed to speak to us at our church in Kitchener on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.

He has presented at all the major Climate summits, including the Paris Accord and once worked with Al Gore. Being frustrated that no one was talking about the REAL causes of climate change he co-produced three films, including Cowspiracy and What the Health.

You can get more information from his website: Climate Healers

Jim Sannes <js41ca@gmail.com>

Social Action Committee

Grand River Unitarian

Faith and Climate Transformation

The search for spiritual awakening, the search for environmental sustainability and the search for social justice are all part of the same search for moral singularity, a state of being where we routinely experience the ultimate happiness that is already within us.

Free presentation and discussion with
Dr. Sailesh Rao
Co-producer of Cowspiracy: The sustainability Secret

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00pm

Grand River Unitarian Congregation Map
299 Sydney Street South, Kitchener
Parking available, close to transit
Refreshments will be served.

Logo: Climate VeganKitchener-Waterloo Climate SaveLogoGrand River Unitarian Social Action Committee

Survey Results – Candidates seeking Regional Chair position in WR

Candidates for Regional Chair, Waterloo Region

Cities and regions around the globe are taking the myriad threats of climate change VERY seriously, and many are taking active steps to ‘future proof’ their communities. We are already seeing the impacts in our own backyards – and we know that decisions will need to be made today to address tomorrow’s looming climate dangers. On behalf of Region residents and voters concerned with the devastating impacts of climate change felt right here in the Region of Waterloo and across our warming planet, we asked candidates seeking office in the Region of Waterloo to review and reply to a survey questions.

The answers from all 4 candidates seeking Regional Chair position are posted HERE.

 

The UN’s 1.5°C special climate report at a glance

[Guest Post by Emil Jeyaratnam, Madeleine De Gabriele, and Michael Hopkin, originally published in The Conversation]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report today on the impacts of global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels.

The report outlines the considerable challenges of meeting the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5℃, the global effort needed to achieve the target, and the consequences of not.

The highlights of the report are presented below:


infographic Graph: TITLE Global warming projections for 2100 | Emissions and expected warming based in pledges and current policies | Y-Axis Global greenhouse gas emmissions GtCO2e/year | 150 - Warming projected by 2100 | 100 - Baseline 4.1 - 4.8°C | 50 - Current policies 3.1 - 3.7°C | - Pledges 2.6 - 3.2°C | 0 - 2°C consistent 1.5 - 1.7°C | -50 - 1.5°C consistent 1.3 - 1.5°C -50 | X-Axis 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 2060 2070 2080 2090 2100 | source: Climate Action Tracker | Text: The world will need ti be carbon-neutral by 2047 to give us a 66% chance of hitting the 1.5°C target, or by 2058 for a 50% chance. If the world was carbon neutral by: • 2047: we have a 66% chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C •2058: we have a 50% chance of limiting waeming to 1.5°C This will mean • sourcing 70 - 86% of electricity from renewables by 2050 • putting a price on greenhouse emissions • using technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. GRAPH: Renewable energy targets | Proportion of global renewable energy consumption in 2015* = 18% | Global Target by 2050: 70 - 85% of electricity supplied by renewables | Australia: Australia's target for 2020: 23% | Labor's Target for 2030: 50% | souce: The World Bank | Text: The world has had about 1°C of warming so far. at 1.5°C we will see: • more heatwaves, floods and droughts • up to 90% of reef corals lost • damage to crops and fisheries • threats to economic growth | images: forest fire, flooded settlement, dead coral, dustbowl farmer's field | Text: But by avoiding 2°C of global warming, we will: • protect 10.4m people from sea level rise • halve the number of people without fresh water • reduce death and disease from heatwaves. • make it easier to deliver many of the UN's Sustainable Development GoalsCC BY-ND


Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Australian Labor Party had a goal of reaching 50% renewable energy by 2050. But the ALP hope to achieve the 50% target via an emissions intensity scheme by 2030.

Emil Jeyaratnam, Multimedia Editor, The Conversation;
Madeleine De Gabriele, Deputy Editor: Energy + Environment, The Conversation, and
Michael Hopkin, Section Editor: Energy + Environment, The Conversation

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives 4.0 License. Read the original article.

Find the ipcc (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report Global Warming of 1.5 °C ~ an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty

“Global Greenhouse Gas Emmission Trajectories” graphic by Laurel L. Russwurm based on “The UN’s 1.5°C special climate report at a glance” released under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives 4.0 License

Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere

Note that this is not a Green Party event, although Green Party members are encouraged to attend

Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere | list of panelists and event date/time/venue

Earth is in crisis, but there is much we can and should do. How can we work with nature to heal the wounds we’ve inflicted?

A handful of leading-edge thinkers will be presenting their solutions at a public forum. All speakers have been involved in research and practices that contribute to the reversal of greenhouse gas emissions through natural agricultural approaches and tree-planting to restore land, and from environmental activists who see the need to encourage any and all methods to draw down existing carbon that will complement the technological methods of preventing future emissions.

This event will honour Michael Purves-Smith, who initiated the project, but did not live to see it take place. Michael’s goal was to raise awareness in Waterloo Region of the urgency for a holistic solution to the crisis of the biosphere.


Partnering With Nature To Heal The Biosphere

  • Welcome and Introduction
    John Jackson
  • Start
    Susan Bryant and Shannon Purves-Smith
  • 4 per 1000 Initiative
    Jodi Koberinski
  • Climate Smart Food
    Lloyd Helferty
  • Soil, Organic Matter, Decomposition
    Dr. Paul Voroney, University of Guelph
  • Q & A
    with panel
  • Population, Importance of Educating Women
    Shannon Purves-Smith
  • Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves
    Martin Tamlyn, Ignatius Centre
  • Nature Bonds and Transforming Taxation
    Niara van Gaalen
  • Q & A
    with panel

When: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Kitchener Public Library Theatre
Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener Map
Register: Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere Tickets | Eventbrite

This event is being brought to you by Shannon Purves-Smith with support from the Grand River Environmental Network.

Mirrored from: Partnering with Nature to Heal the Biosphere Tickets, Tue, 16 Oct 2018 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

350.org, Council of Canadians, and @DivestWR present: KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall – Film Showing @DirectlyAffectd

This Town Hall meeting and film showing of Directly Affected is not a WR Greens presentation, but is brought to you by 350.org, Divest Waterloo and the KW Chapter of Council of Canadians. It’ll be of interest to anyone with political or environmental interests.

–Bob.


Directly Affected Town-halls Screenings

KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall

Wednesday, July 11, 6:00 PM
Kitchener Public Library Central Branch
85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON
Kitchener, N2H 2H1, Canada

Join us for the KW premiere of Directly Affected: A Pipeline under Pressure, a film that details the known risks posed by the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline–risks to people and our planet. Following the film, Chief Myeengun Henry (Chippewas of the Thames) and Dr. Angela Carter (BSIA Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UW) will reflect on the film and lead a discussion about the Canadian government’s buyout of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project. Members of Parliament from Kitchener and Waterloo will be invited to attend the town-hall and participate in the discussion. Join us for an engaging film, great food and an important conversation! Door open at 5:45 p.m.

Mirrored from: KW Kinder Morgan Town-Hall – 350

No Pipelines, Please #StopKM

If Canada is to be a Climate Leader, we need to reduce our fossil fuel production, not triple it.  #KeepItInTheGround

When Texas-based Kinder Morgan threatened to walk away from their disastrous pipeline and tanker project, the Trudeau government jumped in to buy them out with $4.5 billion of taxpayer dollars.

Canada is being sold a lemon by a bunch of billionaires from Texas, who are laughing all the way to the bank. Instead of investing in renewable energy, clean water for Indigenous peoples, and strong social programs, we’re buying a failing and risky dirty oil project.

Tell Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Bill Morneau to cancel the buyout of Trans Mountain now!

click to send a letter to PM Justin Trudeau & Minister Bill Morneau

[reprinted from the KitConGreens blog]

Celebrate Our Waters: A Family Event, Book Launch and Fundraiser

Our Green friends in Brantford—Brant have extended us an invitation to a multifaceted family event in support the Paris Pit Ministerial Appeal.

Snack on delicious desserts and enjoy fantastic live music with Madison Galloway and check out the live auction with Nick Maidment.  You’ll also have an opportunity to meet special guest Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert, a researcher and toxicologist who’s published more than eighty papers and book chapters on the metabolism of toxic chemicals. Her most recent work was on the Paris Pit case with the Concerned Citizens of Brant (CCOB).  She’ll also talk about her new book Fighting Dirty: How a Small Community Took on Big Trash, the story of one small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people who took on the world’s largest waste disposal company to stop them from expanding a local dumpsite into a massive land fill.

It struck me early on, though, that for all their deep roots in this land, community members didn’t have a voice in decisions about how that land was to be used. As a scientist, I was trained to be dispassionate, objective, logical, rational—and none of that changed. But for the first time in my personal life, I joined forces with a community of people as they fought to avert environmental catastrophe.
— Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert

If you’ve already got your copy of “Fighting Dirty,” bring it along so Dr. Forkert can sign it; but if you haven’t, I expect you’ll be able to pick up a copy on Saturday.

Brantford-Brant Greens, the Grand River Environmental Network, OPAL Alliance and others have partnered with the CCOB in sharing our concern for this fragile watershed and supporting the precautionary measures that must be taken to protect our water.

Celebrate Our Waters: A Family Event, Book Launch and Fundraiser
Saturday, November 18the, 2017
2-5pm
St. Paul’s United Church
48 Broadway Street West,
Paris, Ontario, N3L 2S5

Check out the event’s Facebook Page

For background on the appeal visit:
http://www.cela.ca/publications/concerned-citizens-brant-reply

 

 

Go Green on Social Media

social-media-iconsThe Green Party doesn’t have a massive “war chest.”  We don’t have corporate or union donors and the big advertising budgets they bring.

Our strength is in our grass roots… ordinary Canadians who think green thoughts. People who want a greener future. Not just for us, but for our kids. And posterity.
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What we do have is ideas.  Ideas worked out by members. Ideas expressed in policy, blogs, and multimedia.  Because the Green Party doesn’t have big advertising budgets, it is very hard to get green ideas reported in Main Stream Media (MSM).

But we can get our ideas out there— if we work together.

You can help these ideas take root and grow by sharing them with your social media network.

Some people hesitate about sharing links to articles & videos. We worry that talking about politics online will alienate our family and friends.  Let’s face it: we all have family and friends with different ideas.  Some support other parties, and certainly many — probably even most — don’t support any party or even consider themselves political.

The Internet is still new enough that it’s easy to forget the reason it exists is to make it easy to exchange information.

Social Media is for sharing our interests with our family and friends.   Maybe you’re a Green Party member, supporter, or even voter.  But maybe you’re not, maybe you don’t like the Green Party candidate in your riding, maybe you don’t agree with everything in Green Party policy.   But chances are good that anyone reading this is interested in at least some green ideas.

If we each share one green idea, article, or video on social media each day, we aren’t likely to alienate anyone.  Especially as Facebook and Twitter have taken to limiting which of our posts our friends and family actually see.   The beauty of social media sharing is that there is no need to argue or try to convert anyone.  By sharing articles that resonate with us, we’re giving our friends and family an opportunity to learn what’s important to us — very often information they won’t see in the MSM.  If they aren’t interested, they won’t read that article or watch that video.  But maybe they will.

Even if they just skip over that Tweet or Facebook post, the fact you’ve shared it increases how far Twitter or Facebook will share.  Even if our family and friends don’t read our blog articles, or look at our videos, or look at our graphics, you’ll help WRGreens increase our “Google juice” just by sharing.

Especially in a world where the first official act of the new American president was to take down the American Government Climate Change page, it becomes more and more evident we can no longer afford a way of life that puts corporate interests ahead of the public interest. We can’t put profits ahead of clean air and fresh water.  So please, help us make social media work for us.

Let’s work together to change the world.