Corporate Control & the Profitability of “Consent”

What do Pinehouse, Saskatchewan and COP18 in Doha, Qatar have in common? They are both under siege by some of the wealthiest extractive corporations in the world.  At the UN climate negotiations the Chairman of Qatar Petroleum presides over COP18, while CEO’s and other higher-ups of corporations such as Shell, Exxon and others freely wander … Continue reading

We’re not just living on a finite planet; we’re living on a melting one.

Sound sensationalist? I wish. Today, a report presented at COP18 – Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost, for the curious – detailed the rapid and large-scale thawing of permafrost in the Arctic and what that means for the climate. Permafrost, for the uninitiated, is a layer of soil that has remained at 0 degrees Celsius for … Continue reading

Think Global. Act Local.

by Megan Van Buskirk Climate change is real. It’s happening. And I literally cannot think of a more pressing issue in our past, our present, or our future. That is why I am going to COP18 in Doha, Qatar. I live in Saskatchewan, where coal-fired power plants provide the energy for over half of our … Continue reading

Canada abandons the Kyoto Protocol

Yesterday, Canada’s Environment Minister announced that Canada will be formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol. Members of the Canadian Youth Delegation released the following statement:  While not surprising, Peter Kent’s latest announcement is an outstanding example of our government’s loyal service to the fossil fuel industry. Just hours after returning from Durban, our Environment Minister … Continue reading

“Talking Green, Walking Dirty”

By Karen Rooney This is first and foremost a response to the opinion piece (“Share the Climate Task”) published by Peter Kent, Canada’s Minister of the Environment. The Government of Canada has repeatedly been one of the most obstructionist countries during the climate change negotiations here in Durban. Not only has Canada repeatedly stated it’s … Continue reading

To all the skeptics

By Karen Rooney To all the skeptics. You might think that jetting halfway across the world to attend a conference on climate change is a little offensive. Well, I think that having a government who ignores me and jeopardizes my future is offensive. I think I have a duty to hold my government to account … Continue reading

The Dirty Thirties and Climate Change: A Lesson in History?

By Karen Rooney Everyone is familiar with the horror stories of the Great Depression. Over 200,000 prairie farms abandoned. The migration of over 300,000 people from rural areas. Wheat crops 32% below average. Corn yields down to 50%. Lives and livelihoods destroyed. The prairies are known as the “Breadbasket of the World”. The soils of … Continue reading