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Likht’samisyu Chief Dsta’hyl Confronts Coastal GasLink (Sep 30, 2019)

On Thursday September 26, Chief Dsta’hyl of the Likht’samisyu Clan was blocked by Coastal Gaslink’s private security as he attempted to enter a community meeting at the Witset First Nation band office.

When Dsta’hyl gained entry to the meeting, he told David Pfeiffer, the president of CGL, that no pipelines will be allowed to cross sovereign Likht’samisyu territory – only the Likht’samisyu clan and the Likht’samisyu hereditary chiefs can make decisions affecting Likht’samisyu territory.

The Likht’samisyu stand in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en and the Gidumt’en people, and continue to reoccupy and protect their traditional territories.

Rita David interviewed at Wet’suwet’en Access Point (Jun 8, 2019)

Interview with Rita David, a Gidumt’en Clan Elder, taken as RCMP occupied Gidumt’en territory with a police detachment.

Brian Grandbois – Papa G’s Truth Bomb (Feb 19, 2019)

The Wolverine and Brian Grandbois (Feb 18, 2019)

Elder Warriors Wolverine and Brian Grandbois talk about what it means to them to be a warrior.

From an interview by Crystal Greene, Michael Toledano, Shannon Hecker, at Unist’ot’en Camp in 2014.

Brian Grandbois Speaks at Unist’ot’en Action Camp (Feb 18,2019)

Brian Grandbois, Dene from Cold Lake, talks about the multiple front lines in Dene territory and cumulative impacts from industry.

Gidumt’en Checkpoint Dismantled by CGL (Jan 30, 2019)

RCMP stood by as CGL destroyed buildings set up by the Gidumt’en Clan.

Press release from Gidumt’en:…

See more videos from Michael T showing how we are still abusing our indigenous partners …

ScienceAlert: Here Are Five of The Main Reasons People Continue to Deny Climate Change


Temperature differences from normal around the globe averaged over the last five years. (NASA)

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – where none exists.

The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.

Their hold on the public seems to be waning. Two recent polls suggested over 75 percent of Americans think humans are causing climate change.

School climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, national governments declaring a climate emergency, improved media coverage of climate change and an increasing number of extreme weather events have all contributed to this shift. There also seems to be a renewed optimism that we can deal with the crisis.

But this means lobbying has changed, now employing more subtle and more vicious approaches – what has been termed as “climate sadism“. It is used to mock young people going on climate protests and to ridicule Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old young woman with Asperger’s, who is simply telling the scientific truth.

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IPCC: Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15) [Wikipedia]

The following was copied verbatim from the Wikipedia article on the IPCC on 2020-01-31 for the purpose of giving us something up-to-date, brief and reliable to read based almost directly (Wikipedia) from the experts at the IPCC. The most cogent parts have been emphasized. All the links are working for those of you interested in reading further.

Main article: Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (published 8 October 2018)

When the Paris Agreement was adopted, the UNFCCC invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to write a special report on “How can humanity prevent the global temperature rise more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial level”.[100] The completed report, Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15), was released on 8 October 2018. Its full title is “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”.[100]

The finished report summarizes the findings of scientists, showing that maintaining a temperature rise to below 1.5 °C remains possible, but only through “rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure…, and industrial systems”.[100][101] Meeting the Paris target of 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) is possible but would require “deep emissions reductions”, “rapid”,[101] “far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.[102] In order to achieve the 1.5 °C target, CO2 emissions must decline by 45% (relative to 2010 levels) by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050. Deep reductions in non-CO2 emissions (such as nitrous oxide and methane) will also be required to limit warming to 1.5 °C. Under the pledges of the countries entering the Paris Accord, a sharp rise of 3.1 to 3.7 °C is still expected to occur by 2100. Holding this rise to 1.5 °C avoids the worst effects of a rise by even 2 °C. However, a warming of even 1.5 degrees will still result in large-scale drought, famine, heat stress, species die-off, loss of entire ecosystems, and loss of habitable land, throwing more than 100 Million into poverty. Effects will be most drastic in arid regions including the Middle East and the Sahel in Africa, where fresh water will remain in some areas following a 1.5 °C rise in temperatures but are expected to dry up completely if the rise reaches 2 °C.[103][104][105]

Special Report on climate change and land (SRCCL)

Main article: Special Report on Climate Change and Land

The final draft of the “Special Report on climate change and land” (SRCCL)—with the full title, “Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems” was published online on 7 August 2019.[106] The SRCCL consists of seven chapters, Chapter 1: Framing and Context, Chapter 2: Land-Climate Interactions, Chapter 3: Desertification, Chapter 4: Land Degradation, Chapter 5: Food Security, Chapter 5 Supplementary Material, Chapter 6: Interlinkages between desertification, land degradation, food security and GHG fluxes: Synergies, trade-offs and Integrated Response Options, and Chapter 7: Risk management and decision making in relation to sustainable development.[107][108]

Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

Main article: Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” (SROCC) was approved on 25 September 2019 in Monaco.[109] Among other findings, the report concluded that sea level rises could be up to two feet higher by the year 2100, even if efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to limit global warming are successful; coastal cities across the world could see so-called “storm[s] of the century” at least once a year.[110]

Reminder: Friday Nov 29th Worldwide Climate Strike

Friday Nov 29th, 2019, 11:00am-1:30pm — STRIKE DAY! Global Climate Strike. Waterloo Town Square.
The climate crisis is still accelerating, so young climate strikers are calling on everyone to step up for action once more this November 29th. Parents, workers and all concerned humans around the world … come join in solidarity during these wintry months for another beautiful climate strike! This is a family and kid-friendly event, following on the power of this community’s previous climate strike last September, and this time will include a speakers panel on Canada’s climate responsibilities indoors following a short rally.

We’re not stopping until Climate Crisis solution is in hand. Let’s keep up the pressure.

“Climate is Life” Mural Opening Ceremony

Taken from this Facebook event page.

“Climate is Life” mural at Laurier Waterloo campus

Hosted by RISE Waterloo Region

Friday at 11am–1pm
Veritas Cafe by the GSA

DetailsJOIN US this Friday, Nov 1st from 11-1 as we come together to celebrate the recent creation of the beautiful “Climate is Life” mural on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and to honor our incredible climate and earth that truly gives all of us LIFE!

The mural opening will begin at 11am Friday with a 1-hour “photo portraits” campaign, for anyone who wishes to stand in solidarity for climate justice within the beautiful mural image of people rising up, to have their picture taken and shared. This will be a great opportunity to SEND A MESSAGE TO OTHERS on the urgent need for bold climate action and justice, and to symbolically join the incredible movement that is right now rising up around the world to fight for a safe climate future for all of us. You can BRING YOUR OWN SIGN in support of climate action / justice to the site, or borrow one of ours to get your own photo to then share across platforms with the hashtags #ClimateIsLife, #ClimateStrikeWR, and #LaurierClimateAction (and any others you can think of!)

From 12-1pm, we are honored to be led in a traditional opening ceremony by Cree firekeeper and Indigenous Community Educator Clarence Cachagee, as we recognize this mural and all of Laurier’s Waterloo campus is on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Clarence will be leading this ceremony to honor the earth and climate, and to speak to the Anishnaabe Grand River Water Walk represented within the mural and the deep leadership of many Indigenous Peoples in fighting for and stewarding the land, waters and climate.

There will also be time for some words by mural artist Pamela Rojas who led the mural creation process over multiple weeks, engaging dozens of people in the painting process, as well as from members of the committee who helped bring this project to life on Waterloo campus. Together, they will talk through some of the symbolism embedded in the mural and the importance of this new image for shaping Laurier’s & the broader community’s own efforts for increasing climate action and justice.

We hope you can join us Nov 1st for this incredible mural opening event as we celebrate the message that CLIMATE IS LIFE!

This mural was created in solidarity with the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE movement that saw over 7 million+ people come together around the world from Sept 20 – 27th, to sound the alarm on the climate emergency and the need for an ambitious, science and justice-based response to the growing threats of a rapidly changing climate. Here in Waterloo Region, we had one of the biggest turnouts we’ve ever seen for climate action on Sept 27th, including incredible student-led marches from both Laurier and the University of Waterloo to demand climate justice. The next global strike is being planned for Nov 29th, and once more we will be there to RISE FOR CLIMATE! Stay tuned for details…

#ClimateStrikeWR #ClimateIsLife

LOCATION NOTE: This mural is painted on the exterior wall of the Theatre Arts Building at Wilfrid Laurier University, on the pathway leading up to Veritas Cafe (the closest location reference) and the Quad. If you’re coming from off-campus, the quickest access is from University Avenue, at the entrance to the Music Faculty Building. Parking on-campus has a cost and can sometimes be hard to find – we suggest finding a side street to park on free, or in the spirit of sustainability and climate action, attend by public transit, bike, or good ol’ walking. We look forwards to welcoming you for this powerful ceremony as we celebrate and honor our shared climate, and our responsibility to fight for climate justice.

Climate Strike Waterloo Region in the news

Organizers hope Waterloo Region’s biggest climate strike will spark action

Sep 20, 2019 by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO REGION — Beethoven’s music has inspired activists around the world, most famously when students in the Tiananmen Square uprising played his masterpiece “Ninth Symphony” as a way to build hope and solidarity.

Next Friday, the “Ode to Joy” from that symphony will ring out over Waterloo Public Square in what organizers say will be the biggest climate strike so far in Waterloo Region.

It will start off low, with just one instrument, and gradually swell as other professional musicians, members of local choirs, and hundreds of others join in.

It will “just kind of build,” the way organizers hope momentum for climate action will build, both in the region and around the world, said Mo Markham, one of the organizers of the local climate strike.

Earlier monthly climate strikes have attracted anywhere from 100 to 300 people, but the one on Friday, Sept. 27, at the public square, held as part of worldwide strikes for Climate Week, could draw 1,000 or more, said Meg Rutter Walker of Fridays for Future Waterloo Region.

“There’s a lot of energy and a lot of excitement,” Rutter Walker said.

Read More at the Record …

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