This year, will your Christmas be eco-friendly? With a little thought, it can be environmentally friendly — as well as more fun and rewarding for all. “Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop trashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t.” (George Monbiot) / Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Ideas
If we love our kids, the least we can do is give some serious thought to peace, greed and violence. It’s the biggest single issue affecting our future. Bigger even than climate change, which is likely to cause many wars, if we don’t act sensibly.
What does “Remembrance Day” mean to you? Is it still about remembering the horrors of war — preventing it from happening again? Or has it become the opposite, a celebration of military might, the ‘glory’ of war? If it’s not about “never again”, then what? Does it fan the flames of nationalism, militarism — the kind that starts wars, not ends them?
Concerned about the future of food in your community? Come on out to this year’s gathering of organic growers in Ottawa–St. Lawrence–Outaouais!
Sunday November 17 at 1pm, Hintonburg Community Centre.
It’s finally happening, the world is waking up to the climate crisis. Oil companies are in court for lying, the truth is coming out about climate breakdown, and millions are standing up for truth and action. All this is thanks to you — everyday people who care about our future — and are doing everything we can. It is only with our eyes wide open, that we have the opportunity to rebuild our world.
In the news:
- Were you lied to? Fooled? Angry? For decades, the oil and gas industry has “deliberately misled [the public] about climate change”: The Guardian | Los Angeles Times | EcoWatch | How the fossil fuel industry deliberately misled Americans about climate change
- A scary year for climate change — Scientific American
- Here’s what 2030 could look like if we win the war on climate change — World Economic Forum
- Climate news and updates: The Guardian | Grist.org | CBC | World Economic Forum | National Observer | NPR | EcoWatch | The Nation | Common Dreams | The Intercept | Climate Action Network Canada – Groups & Organizations
What you can do:
- Support groups and organizations working for climate action: Climate Action Network Canada | GoodWork. Join two or three that seem most important to you. Without you and me, they are nothing — our participation is crucial.
- Live as sustainably as you can. Reduce your consumption, fly less or not at all, switch to renewables. It might sound difficult, but it will lead to a happier, healthier life. Top Ten Things You Can Do About Climate Change
- Participate in nonviolent Climate Strikes. Strikes continue every Friday in thousands of locations worldwide. The next Global Strike is planned for Friday November 29. Join a strike or start your own: Fridaysforfuture.ca | FridaysforFuture.org | GoodWork.ca/Strike
Do meaningful work:
- Work for climate action: GoodWork.ca/Climate
- Work for a greener world: GoodWork.ca/Now
- Volunteer & board positions: GoodWork.ca/Volunteer
Because, without a stable climate and a healthy ecosystem, there is no economy, no future.
On Wednesday November 20th, at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating our 13th Eco Gala – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community.
This year is going to be huge. Featuring speakers, food and drinks from local vendors, silent auctions, green activities, and organizations and businesses sharing their exciting environmental initiatives, Eco Gala is a must-attend event.
Celebrate with us! Save the date: Wednesday, November 20th at Lansdowne’s Hoticulture Building.
We’re looking for local businesses who want to tell the world about their green products and services – everything from breweries to bike shops to solar companies. This is the place! To explore sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Youth Unstoppable — the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement
Thursday October 10, 7PM
at the Bytowne Cinema, Rideau St, Ottawa
Youth Unstoppable takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Canadian Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change activism, refusing to let their future slip away.
Over more than a decade, set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, this award-winning film follows the growth of a diverse network of youth, rising up to shape the world they will live in. Through the lens of Jewell-Kemker’s camera, we see the struggles, events, and firsthand effects on youth fighting to be heard, both at home and within the complex process of UN Climate Change negotiations.
From flood-ravaged villages in Nepal to luxury hotels in Cancún, from the tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands to the riots of Copenhagen, culminating with the intense and defining events at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, this urgent and timely documentary shows us a powerful vision for the future of our planet and the young people who will lead us there.
A panel discussion on Canadian responses to the climate crisis will follow the screening.
On March 15th, more than 150,000 students were officially on strike across Québec, and young people across Canada marched in the streets, demanding action today to ensure we have future generations.
Young people have been going on strike every Friday the several months, young people have been waging creative protest to push politicians to take bold action and tackle the climate crisis head on.
On September 27, the planet is on strike. Not just students, but also workers, citizens. Because the climate crisis spares nobody, we must all be mobilized. Let’s make this date a historic moment. The one of true change.
Because it is high time we take matters into our own hands.
Join us at the Global Climate Strike to demand accountability and action regarding the climate crisis!
Let us know you’re coming! RSVP now at this link: https://www.ecologyottawa.org/ottawa_climate_strike
We need organizers! Will you step up to invite your friends to join you on the big day? Contact Clara to see how you can help out.
CONTACT: Clara Cuny · email@example.com · 613-860-5353
For more information about the march, please see the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2358161320964436/
We will be meeting at Confederation Park at 11:30am.
Hope to see you there!
WHEN: September 27, 2019 at 11:30am – 2pm
WHERE: Confederation Park (Laurier Ave. and Elgin St.)
Strikes across Canada, worldwide, organizations & resources: https://GoodWork.ca/strike