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A Message for Prime Minister Trudeau on his visit to Victoria on July 18, 2019 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 16:53

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RECALLING THAT in 1988 in the Climate Change Conference in Toronto,the paricipants concluded: Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war.  the Earth’s atmosphere is  changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from depositions of hazardous, toxic and atomic wastes  and from wasteful fossil fuel use  ... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.  (Climate Change in the Conference statement, Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988} In the Conference statement for Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988  they called for the global community, to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

 

NOTING THAT, in 2013, Canada agreed to Sustainable Development Goal 13- “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat climate change is needed

 

APPRECIATING THAT in 2015. at COP 21, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not a vested national interest

BEING ALARMED THAT In 2019, the IPCC have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

WELCOMING in August 4 2018, Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ statement:  We are facing a grave climate emergency. We need urgently to accelerate with Climate Action for the transformation the world needs. This is the battle of our lives. It is a battle we can win. It is a battle we must win.

 

Implementing SDG13 addressing the emergency,  and achieving A global vision for Canada would be:

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2019 15:05
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11% of the Military Budget Could Fund Enough Renewable Energy for Every Home in the US PDF Print E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:40
11% of the Military Budget Could Fund Enough Renewable Energy for Every Home in the US
By Ashik Siddique
Posted: Sept. 20, 2019 | Military & Security
 
 
By Ashik Siddique
Posted: Sept. 20, 2019 | Military & Security
 

Students join the Global Climate Strike in Perth. (Source: WIkimedia Commons)

The Climate Strike is sweeping the United States! Millions of people around the world are walking out of their schools and workplaces from to

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Students join the Global Climate Strike in Perth. (Source: WIkimedia Commons)
 
The Climate Strike is sweeping the United States! Millions of people around the world are walking out of their schools and workplaces from today until next Friday to take to the streets, following the lead of young people who are anxious about their future on a warming planet and furious at politicians’ ongoing failure to act against the climate crisis.
 
Their anger is justified. It’s been decades since those in the halls of power understood global warming as a serious threat, but the stranglehold of powerful industries over US politics has kept our federal budget greasy with handouts for Wall Street, fossil fuel corporations, and the military-industrial complex, who all benefit from perpetuating an economy based on extraction and war that’s burning our planet.
 
But the kids are awake like never before, and they’re demanding a Green New Deal to transform the economy at the scale and urgency that matches the acceleration of climate chaos.
 
There’s no shortage of funds to pay for such an ambitious program if the obstacles to a green economy are fairly targeted: fair taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street could yield $886 billion in estimated annual revenue, ending direct and indirect subsidies for coal, oil, and gas could amount to $649 billion, and the US could safely redirect at least $350 billion from the Pentagon’s current spending.
 
Our governments have long had the technical solutions available to get started. One estimate calculates the total cost of shifting to 100% renewable energy over 10 years at $4.5 trillion. That’s less than the $6 trillion committed so far to nearly two decades of the endless wars waged since 9/11 in 2001, when many of the kids marching today weren’t even born.
 
The next generation can grow up in an economy that’s about nurturing life, not waging death.
 
To save the planet, we need to cut the Pentagon.
 
Just 11% of the Pentagon’s current $716 billion budget -- about $80 billion -- would pay to produce enough wind and solar energy to power every one of the 127.59 million households in the United States**. That’s a ninth of one year’s military budget, to cover the up-front costs of construction and installation of enough renewable electricity for every home in the country. That’s just based on the 2018 costs of renewable energy, which have dropped more than half over the previous two years and are still getting cheaper. 
 
With the right kind of regulatory structures operating in the interests of the consumer public, rather than for-profit utilities, zero-carbon electricity could effectively be free for all - a Green New Deal could make energy bills a thing of the past.
 
During the original New Deal, massive federal investments made it possible to electrify vast swathes of the country. At the height of World War II in 1945, the U.S. federal government spent almost $1 trillion in today’s dollars to fight what many around the world considered an existential threat. 74 years later, this country is approaching that level of military spending, which makes it all too easy for elements in the national security establishment to foment military threats where none need exist. 
 
Meanwhile the climate emergency actually is an existential threat, no longer one that those in power can conveniently deferred to their children and grandchildren, but one with increasingly devastating impacts playing out in real time. The WWII mobilization created a massive military-industrial complex to secure an increasingly unsustainable world order, which has benefited Americans at the expense of many others. It’s time to wind that down, and invest in the infrastructure for a new collective purpose: building a society where everyone can survive and thrive.
 
The kids get it. It’s time for our governments to follow their lead.
 
 
 
 
 
**There are 127,586,000 households total in the U.S., according to the most recent Census.
 
The cost of wind power for the average US household for one year is $581.28  as of 2018, and the cost for solar electiricty is $623.92.
 
127.59 million households × $581.28 (Cost per Household with Wind Power for 1 Year) ≅ $74.2 billion
 
127.59 million households × $623.92 (Cost per Household with Solar Electricity for 1 Year) ≅ $79.6 billion
 
So based on 2018 costs of renewable energy, producing enough wind and solar electricity to power every one of the 127.59 million households would cost up to $79.6 billion, which is 11.1% of the $716 billion current military budget.
 
See more trade-offs from the federal budget between military spending and other priorities with NPP's Trade-Offs Tool.
 
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Students join the Global Climate Strike in Perth. (Source: WIkimedia Commons)
 
The Climate Strike is sweeping the United States! Millions of people around the world are walking out of their schools and workplaces from today until next Friday to take to the streets, following the lead of young people who are anxious about their future on a warming planet and furious at politicians’ ongoing failure to act against the climate crisis.
 
Their anger is justified. It’s been decades since those in the halls of power understood global warming as a serious threat, but the stranglehold of powerful industries over US politics has kept our federal budget greasy with handouts for Wall Street, fossil fuel corporations, and the military-industrial complex, who all benefit from perpetuating an economy based on extraction and war that’s burning our planet.
 
But the kids are awake like never before, and they’re demanding a Green New Deal to transform the economy at the scale and urgency that matches the acceleration of climate chaos.
 
There’s no shortage of funds to pay for such an ambitious program if the obstacles to a green economy are fairly targeted: fair taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street could yield $886 billion in estimated annual revenue, ending direct and indirect subsidies for coal, oil, and gas could amount to $649 billion, and the US could safely redirect at least $350 billion from the Pentagon’s current spending.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2019 13:51
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Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 May 2019 12:45

By Thalif Deen - Reprint

Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS)  - When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger.

For many decades, said the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson, the rules of war were designed by the Geneva Conventions.

“Do we need to develop and adopt common principles for building peace?,” he asked, before a gathering of more than 400 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners in the Swedish capital during the opening session of the sixth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:06
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Greta Thunberg - Are you striking for climate tomorrow? PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Dragonslayer   
Friday, 20 September 2019 06:27

Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago. We have to understand what the older generation has dealt to us, what mess they have created that we have to clean up and live with. We have to make our voices heard. –Greta Thunberg

* Reposted from Treehugger

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2019 06:34
 
B.C. Civil Liberties Association to release CSIS papers on environmental groups Social Sharing PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 July 2019 03:16

BCCLA complained to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2014

The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 07, 2019 5:57 PM PT | Last Updated: 10 hours ago

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-civil-liberties-association-to-release-csis-papers-on-environmental-groups-1.5203323

The Canadian Press · 

Demonstrators block a road during a protest in the streets following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on June 17, 2014. (Reuters)

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is set to release what it calls a "trove" of heavily redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Monday morning.

They concern the BCCLA's allegation that CSIS was monitoring the organizing activities and peaceful protests of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 22:50
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