Sierra Club Blog Posts
If dirty industry can buy influence, why can’t we?
Countless people across Canada have called on this government to end its destructive subsidies for dirty oil extraction and commit to a fair, ambitious, and binding climate legislation, however, it seems our demands have fallen on deaf ears. It seems we are speaking the wrong language when it comes to getting our government’s ear, so now we’re going to try to speak in a language they understand. We know that our government is quite sympathetic to the needs of the oil industry, handing out billions in subsidies each year, so it seems money and influence is what is needed to gain their support, so this is your chance to take a page from the petroleum peddlers. Let’s buy back our future!
How you can “Buy Back Your Future” in 5 minutes:... Read more »
In the first two days of the negotiators, countries gave statements at opening plenaries. Contact groups were formed where the knitty-gritty will be discussed. Many counties spoke about impacts that their countries are feeling from increased frequency of extreme weather events. Venezuela, representing ALBA (a progressive group of South American countries), accused the ‘predatory economies’ that are advocating for a voluntary approach to emissions reductions of being selfish and of destroying climate regime.
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By Kaleigh McGregor-Bales
Oil companies are the biggest funder of our current government. Our government has not only retracted Canada’s internationally legally binding emissions reductions commitments but is lobbying to reduce commitments in other countries. Our government is subsidizing the Tar Sands and supporting pipelines that will lock us into a fossil fuel future leading to climate catastrophe. Simply, our government is working for polluters not for the people of Canada.
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James Hutt, Kaleigh McGregor-Bales, Sonia Grant, Robin Tress and Mathew Chisholm are in Durban for COP 17 with the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD). They will be blogging about the negotiations and their experiences.
Background on UN Climate Talks in Durban
By Kaleigh McGregor-Bales
From November 28 to December 10, negotiators, leaders, ministers, civil society, industry representatives and youth will converge on Durban, South Africa for COP 17, the meetings that will determine the future of collective international action on climate change.... Read more »
With each visit to EXCEL, I start my program with introducing ourselves to each other. I get the children to say their name and then get them to identify something that is alive, real, and would normally be found in Nova Scotia. I do this to help me learn the names of children that I am interacting with, to get them thinking about the very special living things that we share our province with, and to assess what they know.
Usually as we do these go arounds, hands fly up and the children are so very eager to share some of their experiences. As much as I can, I take some hands and listen to some of these stories-which are delightful-but often, I realize that we can run out of time just by sharing stories. Children, especially the younger grades, love having the ear of an adult to tell stories to.
One creature that keeps popping up in this roundabout of introduction is the stingray.
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This week we had to take a short walk off of school property to a nearby trail. I am quite impressed with the amount of wild spaces I have been finding near schools that I have been visiting with the children. HRM has all sorts of little parks and patches of wild flowers and trees. To do the program we don’t need a huge park, these vital little spaces suit us quite well.
With some middle elementary students we did a lot of colour matching with fungus, as the sides of the trail had lots of mushrooms, bracket fungus, and lichens on the trees. Once children start spotting fungus, it is almost impossible to get them to stop.
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Bidding farewell to Summer and hello to Fall we almost forgot the seasons had changed with the beautiful weather that we have been having. While we may be easily fooled, the creatures know that it is time to head south, fill up food caches, or fatten up for the lean months ahead.
"I FOUND A FROG!!!!!!"
This time of year on nice warm days it is not unusual to find amphibians out and about or reptiles sunning themselves. On an outing with some of the wild children this week we found a frog, well actually a toad! There are eight different species of frogs that are found in Nova Scotia and this an Eastern American Toad.... Read more »
We got the word last night. The federal government won't be funding the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN) any more. The network consists of 600 groups from coast to coast to coast.
The news came about the same time Heritage Minister James Moore tweeted the announcement of his new War of 1812 iPhone App - part of a $29 million program to celebrate a 200 year old war.
CEN is a coordinating body that doesn't take stands. It just helps environmental organizations network and facilitates communication with the federal government. It’s the very definition of non-partisan. ... Read more »