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Les sables bitumineux arrivent au Québec! The Tar Sands Come to Quebec!

Les sables bitumineux arrivent au Québec: Un forum communautaire pour construire la résistance et proposer des alternatives aux oléoducs

Samedi, le 19 janvier à l’Université Concordia (bâtiment Hall)  

Joignez-vous à nous pour une journée d’ateliers, de présentations et d’élaboration d’une stratégie collective pour empêcher les compagnies pétrolières qui sont parmi les plus riches du monde de faire passer le pétrole sale des sables bitumineux d’Alberta par le Québec. Apprenez de la lutte que mènent depuis des années les activistes de première ligne des communautés autochtones et des communautés en région du Québec contre ces projets destructeurs.

Si les projets de oléoducs vont de l’avant, le Trailbraker d’Enbridge et le Eastern de TransCanada transporteront des centaines de milliers de barils de pétrole par jour, en provenance des sables bitumineux. Ils mettront en péril la santé, l’eau, l’environnement et les terres des Québécois et participeront massivement aux changements climatiques.

Ces entreprises – qui suivent un modèle économique plaçant les profits à court terme et la croissance infinie au dessus de tout – sont à l’origine de la crise du climat et du fossé grandissant des inégalités de richesse et de pouvoir.

Ce modèle économique ne cherche pas seulement à commercialiser l’éducation, privatiser la santé, réduire les impôts des plus riches, et entraver les droits des travailleurs tout en diminuant leurs salaires. Il tente également de transformer la vallée du St Laurent en une zone d’expérimentation industrielle de gaz de schiste, le nord du Québec en une zone sacrifiée à l’exploitation minière et forestière, le golfe du St Laurent en une station de pompage de pétrole et il cherche à faire de cette province un tremplin pour l’export du pétrole des sables bitumineux d’Alberta.

Nous menons une campagne contre les sables bitumineux pour montrer qu’un autre modèle de développement est possible, un modèle qui prend en compte à la fois la justice climatique et la justice économique. Ce dont nous avons besoin dans nos villes c’est d’un meilleur transport collectif, de logements abordables et de circuits alimentaires locaux, et non pas de pipelines des sables bitumineux. Nous avons besoin de réduire les émissions de carbone et le fossé des inégalités. Et nous avons besoin de limiter le pouvoir des grandes entreprises et des banques qui tirent profit de la privatisation du bien commun et de la pollution de notre planète.

The Tar Sands Come to Quebec: A community forum to build resistance and alternatives to tar sands pipelines

Saturday, January 19th at Concordia University (Hall Building)

Join us for a day of workshops, a panel, and collective strategizing to stop some of the world’s richest oil companies from transporting dirty Alberta tar sands oil through Quebec. Hear from front-line activists from Indigenous communities and rural Quebec who have been fighting these destructive projects for years.

If they go forward, Enbridge’s Trailbreaker and TransCanada’s Eastern pipeline will carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of tar sands oil daily. They will threaten the health, water, environment and lands of the people in Quebec and massively contribute to climate change.

These corporations — driven by an economic model that values short-term profit and perpetual growth above all else — are the root cause of the climate crisis and the crisis of austerity and neoliberalism.

This economic model is trying not only to commercialize education, privatize health-care and undermine worker’s rights and wages, but to turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment, the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone, the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site, and to make this province into an export-launch pad for the Alberta tar sands.We are campaigning against dirty tar sands to ensure another model of development is possible, one that simultaneously addresses climate and economic justice. We need free mass public transit and local food systems running through our cities, not tar sands pipelines; to reduce carbon emissions as well as the gaps of inequality; and to restrain the power of corporations and banks that profit off the privatization of the commons and the pollution of our planet.

Our Generation’s Quiet Awakening must be Green and Red

En françaishttp://bit.ly/Ji1EFz

Photo Cred: Josh Lopez

Photo Cred: Josh Lopez

The creative, courageous and inspiring Quebec student movement will today weave its way through Montreal’s Earth Day rally, mixing red and green, merging demands for a freeze on tuition with respect for the earth and those most impacted by climate change. Let the meeting not remain accidental, but deepen and flourish.

Our country has always been divided by solitudes of nation, religion, and language, but no two solitudes are as important to overcome today as this: the fight against an unjust economy and the fight against climate change.

It has never been more urgent to make the connection. The old mentality may have told us to fight our battles separately: Let environmentalists deal with the environment; let workers and students deal with the economy. But a new mentality tells us this is the same fight, because the crises of the climate and the economy have the same root: putting profits before people and the planet.

This must be our generation’s quiet awakening.

If students squarely in the red is a warning our economic model is failing them, then climate change is a terrifying expression—the ultimate red alert—that the economy is failing the earth. This economic model that celebrates greed above all else is not just making education inaccessible, but it will make our planet uninhabitable.

It says to us: each person for himself; make the students shoulder the burden; and let people stricken the world-over by climate change-induced droughts, storms, flooding and crop-failures suffer their fate.

The neoliberal economic model that commercializes education is also the model that will turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment. That will turn the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone. That will turn the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site. And that will turn the province into an eastward launching pad of the Alberta tar sands, a carbon bomb.

Science tells us that this model of business as usual—of perpetual growth and greed, of constant expansion and extraction—is spilling so much carbon into the atmosphere that it will ensure cataclysmic climate change. It insists we find alternatives.

The real solutions to the climate crisis will come in creating an economy that serves everyone and our ecology: closing deepening inequalities; funding a strong public sphere that includes mass public transit and free education; creating good, green jobs that decrease our dependence on fossil fuels; and restraining the reckless power of corporations and banks that profit off the privatization of our schools and the pollution of the planet.

We need to end the reign of oil in Ottawa, and its influence in Quebec city. The federal government now hands-out $1.4 billion a year to the world’s richest and most polluting oil companies, when such a hand-out to students could begin a system of free education in Quebec and across Canada.

Climate change adds great urgency to all these demands for social, economic and ecological justice. Because we must reduce our carbons emissions rapidly, time is short. Climate change must thus be a spark to remake our economy on a very tight deadline.

The values of our budding social movements— solidarity over individualism, reciprocity over hierarchy, cooperation over competition— should orient our vision for a clean energy economy. This movement will be stronger when it is united. When it finds solutions simultaneously to the crises of the economy and ecology. When it is green as well as red.

During POWERSHIFT 2012 this October 26 to 29, thousands of youth from across the country will converge in Ottawa to force these issues onto the national agenda, to fight for a clean energy future that is socially and economically just. If the spirit and power of Quebec’s spring blossoms, and spreads across Canada, we can achieve it.

License to Spill! Passez à l’action contre l’extraction

A 25-foot Dragon and “Human Oil Spill” to Warn Montrealers of Dangers of Pipelines, Extraction
Time: 12:00, April 20, 2011
Location: McGill College at Sherbrooke

 

[English Below]

Partout autour du monde, des communautés sont menacées par des industries d’extraction qui empoisonnent nos familles, tuent nos proches au travail, et détruisent les écosystèmes que nous chérissons. Le déversement de pétrole de BP n’est malheureusement qu’un chaînon d’une chaîne de catastrophes sans fin, nées d’un système économique qui se maintien en consommant sans cesse les ressources de la Terre.

Au Canada, les… sables bitumineux sont en croissance exponentielle. Dans le nord de l’Alberta, cette énorme marée noire continue de s’étendre lentement, avec ses bassins de décantation toxiques qui laissent chaque jour s’échapper des millions de litres d’eau contaminée dans la rivière Athabasca, empoisonnant les communautés en aval. Ceci vient de pair avec un système distribution : des oléoducs qui traversent le continent, y compris ici même à Montréal. La réalité, c’est que les oléoducs coulent et les sables bitumineux tuent.

Pour un climat stable, de l’air et de l’eau propre, il faut arrêter l’extraction des combustibles fossiles et des autres «ressources». De l’exploitation des sables bitumineux de l’Alberta, au gaz de schistes du Québec, jusqu’à la Côte du Golfe, les gens se battent contre les industries extractives qui ont déclaré la guerre à notre planète. À l’occasion du 1er anniversaire de la marée noire de BP, Justice Climatique Montréal se joindra à d’autres à travers le monde pour une journée d’action directe contre l’extraction.

L’extraction est l’action de prendre sans rien redonner.

Donc, le jour du 1er anniversaire du déversement de pétrole dans le Golfe, nous descendrons dans la rue, (littéralement) s’étaler dans Montréal pour réaffirmer notre vie sur cette terre et en solidarité avec toutes les personnes dont la vie est mise en péril par les industries d’extraction.

Venez nous rejoindre à midi, au coin des rues McGill College et Sherbrooke, pour vous joindre à la mêlée, tandis que le centre-ville de Montréal verra prendre vie le premier déversement de pétrole humain qui exposera la réalité que les foreurs de schiste, les colporteurs pétroliers et les marketeurs miniers créent autour du globe à chaque jour! Amenez un-e ami-e et un flare pour le spectaculaire!

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Communities around the world are under attack from extractive industries that poison our families, kill our loved ones on the job, and destroy the ecosystems we cherish. The BP oil spill was unfortunately just one of an endless string of disasters born of an economic system that must endlessly consume the Earth’s resources.

In Canada, as the tar sands are growing at an exponential rate. In a corner of Northern Alberta, the largest oil spill in slow motion continues to grow as toxic tailings ponds leaking millions of liters of contaminated water into the Athabasca River each and every day, poisoning downstream communities. This is coupled with a pipeline delivery system that will span the continent, including here in Montreal. The reality is that pipelines spill and the tar sands kill.

For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.” From the tar sands of Alberta, to the Shale Gas plays of Quebec, all the way to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractive industries that have declared war on our planet. Climate Justice Montreal will join others across the world for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.

Extraction is the act of taking without giving anything back.

So, on the 1 year anniversary of the Gulf Spill we are going to take it to the streets, (literally) spilling through Montreal to reaffirm our life on this earth and stand in solidarity with all of those in danger of destruction under the extraction industry.

Join us at noon at McGill College and Sherbrooke to join the fray, as Montreal’s first human powered oil spill transforms downtown into the reality that the shale shillers, petroleum peddlers and mining marketeers are creating around the globe! Bring a friend and a flair for the dramatic. We’ll supply the pipelines and giant puppets, all we need is your people power.

QUAND L’EAU FLAMBE/BURNING WATER – A New Publication from CJM/La Nouvelle Publication de JCM!

 

Climate Justice is proud to announce the launch of our newest publication Burning Water. The booklet introduces the issues around shale gas extraction in Quebec, and what we can do about it!

Nous avons fier d’annoncer le lancement de notre nouvelle publication Quand L’eau Flambe. La brochure présente les questions autour de l’extraction de gaz de schistes au Québec, et ce que nous pouvons faire à ce sujet!

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Climate Justice Banner Drop and Occupation of Parliament: “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”

At 11:00 a.m. this morning organizers with Climate Justice Ottawa dropped a banner in the rotunda of the Canadian Parliament reading “If They Won’t Take Action on Climate Justice, We Will!”.  The youth also began a sit-in “Peoples Assembly” calling for Canadian politicans to begin open and sincere consultations with communities across the country. They delivered 5 demands to parliament

1. Lead, follow, or get out of the way
At the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Cancun, Canada should be the first nation from the global north to adopt the emissions reductions and temperature rise limitation targets of 300ppm and 1 degree celsius, presented by the largest gathering in history of directly impacted communities at the April 2010 World People’s Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The first step to achieving this and repaying our climate debt is accepting the Cochabamba Declaration text presented at the UN Summit.

2. Shut Down the Tar Sands
Tar sands developments are on course to destroy a section of the boreal forest the size of England, and are Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The direct pollution from tar sands developments is poisoning the Athabasca River watershed and surrounding lands, and is a health catastrophe for impacted communities who are experiencing high rates of cancer and a loss of traditional food sources.  Therefore, we call for an immediate moratorium on present and future tar sands expansion projects, a phase out of existing projects, and to hold corporations responsible for environmental destruction while facilitating a just transition for workers out of destructive industries.

3. No more Tax Breaks or Subsidies for Oil Companies
Oil companies received more than $2.8 billion dollars in government tax breaks and subsidies in 2008. These subsidies lower the cost of oil and promote the use of dirty fossil fuels when we should be transitioning to clean forms of energy.  Therefore, we call for an immediate end to government financing of environmentally and socially destructive industries.

4. Invest in Community Solutions
Community-based renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro need to be developed in a way that does not damage natural ecosystems, meaning energy production must be controlled by communities and not corporations. Current subsidies and systems of agriculture decrease healthy food choices, contribute to  ecological destruction, and hurt small scale farmers, while a shift towards community-controlled diversified agriculture leads to healthier people and ecosystems.  There are more efficient ways of transporting people and products than building mass highways;  Canada needs to invest in solutions that re-imagine how we move around within and between cities through the localization of production, bicycle infrastructure, and accessible public transit. Ultimately, federal

5. Reject False Solutions
Canada currently relies heavily on technofixes, such as promoting biofuel projects where the amazon rainforest is slashed and burned to grow corn to put in our cars and investing over $3 billion in expensive and unproven carbon capture and storage technology.  Furthermore, solutions such as carbon trading and offsets turn our atmosphere into a commodity to be bought and sold, allowing corporate lobbying to export responsibility for reductions to elsewhere and perpetuating inequality. Instead of wasting billions on band-aid solutions that ignore the root of the problem, Canada needs to take action at changing unequal and unsustainable systems of production, consumption, and distribution….

Beyond PPM: Voices from the Frontlines – Call for Artists

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Hey all!

 

Climate Justice Montreal is working on a new publication, the first edition of Beyond PPM, an ongoing project that aims to amplify the voices of frontline communities fighting destructive projects, present critical analysis and arguments, and make the links between climate justice and other social movements.

 

We need your help!

 

We are looking for amazing artists who can lend us their skills to beautify this project, from the covers to illustrations to accompany stories, we need your pens, brushes, photos, and other skills!

 

Unfortunately we don’t have any money for this gig, but your art will be seen by hundreds of people around the globe!

 

If you are interested in helping out send an email to holditdownproductions@gmail.com

 

Solidarity,

Climate Justice MTL

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