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Canada: Nothing to Fear But Itself

While many of you enjoyed your first full night of sleep after the Durban overtime, the Canadians had no such luck. Barely off the plane, Canada’s Environment Minister wasted no time in confirming the COP’s worst kept secret, that Canada was officially pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol.

Many delegates probably had already given up on Canada at that point, but those of us in CAN who live within that vast, beautiful, hockey-loving country have had to continue to bear witness to what can only be called the government of polluters’ puppets. Since bailing on their 9-year ratification relationship with the Kyoto Protocol, the Canadian government has only gone further downhill when it comes to climate action. The highlights lowlights:

1)A report from the government watchdog on our environment and climate goals made clear last week that it would be nearly impossible under current policy for Canada to meet its (embarrassingly weak) target of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. After all, the report said, there aren’t even any greenhouse gas regulations on Canada’s fastest growing source of pollution ¨C the oil and gas sector (read: Tar Sands). The official numbers according to the government’s own data? Current and proposed policies for emissions reductions will result in a 7% increase over 2005 levels (that's ~33% above 1990 levels) instead of the promised 17% decrease.

2)The Government ramped up McCarthyist attacks on anyone worried about numbers like these. This has included outrageous attacks on civil society, First Nations and politicians, calling them radicals, terrorists, adversaries and enemies of the people of Canada. Amazingly, there have even been accusations that environmental groups writ  large are money launderers.

(Have they seen our budgets? What's there to launder?)

3)And to make it even easier for them to do as little as possible, the 2012 federal budget bill contained “a few additional items” for quick passage without democratic debate. These included the complete repeal of Canada’s environmental assessment act and a thorough gutting of decades of environmental regulations. These deletions were misrepresented as “streamlining” of approvals processes for projects such as massive pipelines that, if built, would allow the projected tripling of tar sands growth that the government is so desperate for. It is streamlining all right ¨C streamlining the path towards climate catastrophe.

The only thing the Canadian example will prove, with its fragile Arctic, vulnerable coasts and tarred economy, is that you can't withdraw from climate change.

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Polaris Institute

Through our Tar Sands Watch Campaign, The Polaris Institute's Energy Program aims to stimulate citizen education and action for new energy policies, particularly a made-in-Canada energy strategy. Canada is now the largest foreign supplier of oil, gas, and electricity to the United States. As the crown jewel of Canada's energy production, the Alberta tar sands is expected to provide the US with an endless supply of crude oil for decades to come. Yet, this mega tar sands system produces a dirty fuel, generates huge amounts of greenhouse gases, rapidly depletes water sources, destroys the boreal forest and uses a great deal of natural gas. Meanwhile our U.S. oil and gas exports continue to escalate, fuelling American industrial and military operations, thereby putting Canada's own energy security at risk. To learn more about these issues and what citizens can do about them visit the Tar Sands Watch website or read our report Fuelling Fortress America.

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Polaris Institute Suite 500
180 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
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Oxfam Quebec

Oxfam-Québec is an organization made up of dynamic and committed people working together to build a world without poverty.

People are the heart of our actions! They carry out development projects, they save lives by delivering humanitarian aid emergency, they conduct fundraisers to support populations in the South, they conduct advocacy campaigns for sustainable change and they mobilize Quebec youth. Oxfam-Québec in action, that's all that!

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2330, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
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Jour de la Terre

Founded in 1991, with support from the United Nations for the Environment ,Projects St. Lawrence , formerly the St. Lawrence Corporation, is a charitable organization. In 1995, St. Lawrence Projects was awarded the mission organize the Quebec component of the largest participatory environmental event in the world: the Earth Day (April 22). Thus Projects St. Lawrence became an agent of the trademark of Earth Day .

The organization's mission is to stimulate, accompany and promote positive action towards the environment among individuals, organizations and businesses: the celebration by the action, April 22 and all day!

Through the achievement of its cultural and educational awareness and participation in improving environmental projects St. Lawrence has demonstrated its ability to handle large events involving multiple partners and stakeholders of public and private sectors, volunteers, work teams, artists, etc..

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Projets Saint-Laurent | Jour de la Terre Québec
460, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, bureau 504
H3B 1A7 Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
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Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebrations

Our incorporated (2007) non-profit organization is creating opportunities for adults and youth to become more involved in bringing about an ecologically sound and sustainable planet. We have brought workshops and hands-on activities to youth and adults. For example, GTEDC has held workshops in the high schools that encourage students to bring to fruition some of their ‘green’ ideas. A symposium this fall 2008 will work with these students in implementing those ideas. Our organization has brought 180 public school students to two organic farms. A nature film festival will take place to two high schools this November. Fourteen hundred students will see and discuss current documentaries ranging from climate change to a celebration of wild places! And this is only the beginning.

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235453 RR 1 N0C 1G0 Kimberley , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
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ForestEthics

Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff and board members in Canada and the United States. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human well-being. Climate change, which threatens to undermine all of our conservation efforts, is also one of our campaign focus areas. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals. 

Our current campaigns focus on forests and wild places in Canada and the US and on the industries that use products that come from these places. Our efforts have transformed the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Staples, Office Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, and many others. 

Our approach to environmental change begins on the ground where we have staff members who live in the places we are fighting to protect and work with scientists to define critical regions. We also work with communities in the places we protect to make sure their interests are represented--and that they receive funding to implement a viable, sustainable economy. 

When we find that wild places and forests are being destroyed, we determine which corporations are purchasing the products of that destruction, i.e., the wood and paper being produced. If a corporation refuses to change its practices, we hold that company publicly accountable--with protests, websites, email campaigns, national advertisements, and more. And when corporations are ready to protect forests and wild places, we help them implement sound policies through our Market Solutions. 

Either way, the end result is that we turn our corporate adversaries into allies. And while companies like Sierra Pacific Industries and Royal Dutch Shell may be able to tune out the protests of environmental groups, they can’t ignore their largest customers—the corporations we work with—when they demand environmental reform.   

Whether it’s by brokering agreements with companies or by negotiating legislated protection, our job is to protect forests and wild places for the people and wildlife that depend upon them. To date, ForestEthics has secured the protection of more than 65 million acres (25 million hectares) of Endangered Forests.

Contact Information: 
350-163 Hastings Street W.
V6B 1H5 Vancouver
Canada
CA
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Forest Ethics

Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff and board members in Canada and the United States. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human well-being. Climate change, which threatens to undermine all of our conservation efforts, is also one of our campaign focus areas. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals. 

Our current campaigns focus on forests and wild places in Canada and the US and on the industries that use products that come from these places. Our efforts have transformed the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Staples, Office Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, and many others. 

Our approach to environmental change begins on the ground where we have staff members who live in the places we are fighting to protect and work with scientists to define critical regions. We also work with communities in the places we protect to make sure their interests are represented--and that they receive funding to implement a viable, sustainable economy. 

When we find that wild places and forests are being destroyed, we determine which corporations are purchasing the products of that destruction, i.e., the wood and paper being produced. If a corporation refuses to change its practices, we hold that company publicly accountable--with protests, websites, email campaigns, national advertisements, and more. And when corporations are ready to protect forests and wild places, we help them implement sound policies through our Market Solutions. 

Either way, the end result is that we turn our corporate adversaries into allies. And while companies like Sierra Pacific Industries and Royal Dutch Shell may be able to tune out the protests of environmental groups, they can’t ignore their largest customers—the corporations we work with—when they demand environmental reform.   

Whether it’s by brokering agreements with companies or by negotiating legislated protection, our job is to protect forests and wild places for the people and wildlife that depend upon them. To date, ForestEthics has secured the protection of more than 65 million acres (25 million hectares) of Endangered Forests.

Contact Information: 
350-163 Hastings Street W.
V6B 1H5 Vancouver , BC
Canada
British Columbia CA
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Environmental Defence Canada

Since 1984, Environmental Defence has been inspiring change by connecting people with environmental issues that affect their daily lives in their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.

We are Canada's most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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116 Spadina Ave Suite 300 M5V 2K6 Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
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Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC/CCJC)

The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is a united front of youth from across Canada tackling the biggest challenge of our generation, the emerging climate crisis. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, we combine our forces to organize actions, influence government and implement concrete solutions. Working in schools and communities from coast to coast to coast, we are calling for and building a just and prosperous transition to the new Canada we all need to see.

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Canada
CA
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