“It is easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed by the gravity of the challenges we face. Issues like climate change, forced migration and the threat posed by nuclear weapons. It’s hard to know how to make a difference.
The secret is not to focus on how to solve the problem, but concentrate on what you can contribute – to your country, your community and neighbours.
Start from a place of compassion and be grateful for all that Canada has to offer – especially the natural beauty that surrounds us, and the music that brings us so much joy.
True change can only come when power is transferred to young people unburdened by cynicism…” – Paul Dewar
The United Nations has made it clear – we now have 11 yearsto avoid catastrophic impacts to the world’s species and ecosystems. The effects are already being felt in Ottawa: record floods in 2017; tornado impacts in late 2018; summers of extreme and deadly heat; and winters with erratic freeze-thaw cycles. Momentum is building among cities like Vancouver, Halifax, Kingston and Hamilton to urgently respond to this moment of crisis and build a better city, and Ottawa has the opportunity to lead. We are calling on the City of Ottawa to declare climate emergency now.
February 14-18, 2019 in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin Anishinabe
PowerShift has historically been a series of gatherings organized by youth for youth. PowerShift gatherings mobilize passionate young people from many walks of life to explore ways of taking action to confront the climate crisis.
Canadians have been coming to a greater understanding of the threat posed by global warming and the need for urgent action by governments, industry and the public at large. The Trudeau government has, more or less, taken up the cause. Provinces are recognizing the need for action, even as they fight over what that should be. Some multinational corporations are suddenly promoting themselves as environmental stewards. Concerned citizens are looking for ways to effectively reduce their carbon footprint. Yet progress has been slow and limited. Continue reading “Climate change event in Ottawa”
Stop Nuclear Dumps on the Ottawa River TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6, at 12 noon Sparks St. and Kent St.
“Gather and march to oppose plans to build a giant radioactive waste dump near the Ottawa River – and to bury an old reactor in cement.
Radioactive materials including tritium and plutonium would leak into the Ottawa River, endangering health.
These plans have been hatched by multinational corporations running the Chalk River nuclear laboratories, upstream from Ottawa-Gatineau. But the facilities are owned and paid for by the federal government. Taxpayers are paying over $500 million per year.
This nuclear waste will be hazardous and radioactive for 100,000+ years!
Stay tuned for details of the march route. Come out and stop these unacceptable plans.”
Do you work for an environmental group/organization in Ottawa or Eastern Ontario? Don’t miss this fall’s networking session with Sustainable Eastern Ontario / NCENN. Friday Oct 26 from 10am to noon. More info & register:www.NCENN.ca