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Greenpeace camp to spur action on climate while thousands of climate events are being held worldwide

Edmonton – From September 19th to September 21st Greenpeace will be holding a camp to help train people to push the Alberta10447739_491545960977756_3769635216294700701_n.jpg and federal governments to take action on the growing climate crisis. Media are invited to attend on the afternoon of Saturday, September 20th.

The three-day camp will be held just outside of Edmonton on the shores of Lake Wabamun and will include training in non-violent direct action, theatre activism, volunteer recruitment and campaign planning. The event will coincide with U.N. climate meetings in New York City and a massive day of action that will see over 1,500 climate events in 130 countries worldwide.

What: Climate Action Camp.

When: 1 pm – 4:45 pm, Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Where: Camp Meywasin, Wabamun Lake, Alberta.

Who: Greenpeace Canada and participants concerned about climate change.

Alberta is the worst greenhouse gas polluter in the country with the tar sands being the country’s largest contributor. If Canada is to join other nations in taking action on the climate it must address the pollution coming from the tar sands. The camp will train activists to pressure leaders to take climate action. 

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Information about the global day of action can be found at: http://peoplesclimate.org/global/

To schedule interviews at the camp contact: Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada: 780-504-5601

Panels Not Pipelines: a speaking tour about solutions

Alberta has faced more than its fair share of environmental and fiscal horror stories. The province's chaotic emphasis on
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Luckily those solutions are readily at hand and Alberta is the perfect place to implement them.

This October come listen to Jane Kleeb from Bold Nebraska as she tells the story of not only how her community stopped the KeystoneXL tarsands pipeline from endangering the Oglala aquifer but also how they are also building real energy solutions in the process.

From a solar powered barn, to replanting corn that has been lost for generations Jane tells a story of hope and resistance.  

On the tour other prominent speakers like award winning author and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, solar energy guru Randall Benson with Gridworks Energy Group, and wind and solar expert David Isaac may also join the tour.

This is a moment not to be missed.

Panels Not Pipelines: Solutions Tour Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 14th

Wednesday, Oct. 15th

Thursday, Oct. 16th

  • Lac La Biche
    • Speaking in Lac La Biche, Portage College.
    • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17th

  • Slave Lake
    • Speaking in Slave Lake, Northern Lake College.
    • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18th

  • Woodland Cree Territory (near Peace River)
    • Speaking in Woodland Cree Territory (near Peace River), Cadotte School.
    • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19th

  • Calgary
    • Parkdale United Church
    • 2919 – 8 avenue, NW
    • 1:00 – 3:00.

https://www.facebook.com/events/368098743347093/

 

 

Fort Chipewyan to Move Forward on First Solar Project

Media Advisory:

Fort Chipewyan to Move Forward on First Solar Project 

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta – Fort Chipewyan, which lies downstream from tar sands development, has started to move forward on a different type of energy source this time from the sun. From September 16th to September 22nd solar panels will be installed on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Elder and Youth Lodge with an official ribbon cutting ceremony to take place on September 19th

The installation will be the first of many projects that will be constructed in the region. Keepers of the Athabasca who hope this project will be an example; especially to other tar sands impacted First Nation communities, of the benefits solar can bring to communities supported the solar initiative.

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for first solar installation project.

Where: Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

When: September 19th, 12:00 p.m.

Who: Member of ACFN, son and father solar installers Sid and Jerry Paschen and supporters.

“While we continue to stand-up for the rights and health of our members we must also be actively seeking solutions,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “We are proud to help lead the way and hopefully this is only one of many solar projects we hope to bring to our community and the province.”

“The possibilities for solar in Alberta are almost endless,” said Jesse Cardinal with Keepers of the Athabasca. “First Nation communities especially ones that are isolated and reliant on diesel for power stand to benefit the most from a transition. These panels are an example of the type of solutions our communities should be implementing ones that create jobs, lower energy costs and don’t hurt the environment to do it.”

For More Information Contact:

Greg Adams, ACFN Housing and Special Projects: 780-838-6405

Jesse Cardinal, Keepers of the Athabasca: 780-404-5053

 

Little Known “Feeder” Pipeline - Vital To Tar Sands Expansion - Being Quietly Rammed Through Approvals Say First Nations

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Little Known “Feeder” Pipeline - Vital To Tar Sands Expansion - Being Quietly Rammed Through Approvals Say First Nations 

JULY 15, 2014 EDMONTON, ALBERTA – The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

(ACFN) and numerous Alberta landowners presented evidence today to challenge TransCanada’s proposed Grand Rapids Pipeline project, a 500km “feeder” pipeline that would transport 900,000bpd tar sands oil from Fort McMurray to the Heartland Terminal outside of Edmonton, Alberta, a terminal that would feed the proposed Energy East and Keystone XL pipelines.  

We need to act now to save the planet: IPCC

423_climatechangesized.jpgThe latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released on Sunday.  The report, perhaps the most hopeful of IPCC reports to date, had one clear message – we can save the planet but only if we start acting now.

The report showed that solutions to the climate crisis are readily available and that they are financially within our means but that the price tag to address the climate crisis will grow larger the longer our governments delay action.

The other report that came out over the weekend was from Environment Canada. It showed that for the first time ever, driven largely by rapidly ballooning tar sands emissions, the oil and gas sector is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, now outstripping the entire transportation sector.

With emissions from the tar sands set to do nothing but climb (according to a recent report by Environmental Defence, going from 55 million tonnes in 2011 to 127 million tonnes by 2030 – a increase of over 200 per cent) the question is how will the Alberta and Canadian governments respond?

Alberta Regulator confirms tarsands emissions may be responsible for Peace River health issues:

Yesterday the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released its report into the on-going emission and health issues in Peace River, Alberta.

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Residents in Peace River, since the 90’s, have been complaining about health effects they were experiencing due to tar sands emissions.

In 2010 the government finally started looking into the claims although they were originally dismissed, it was only yesterday that the government’s energy regulator finally confirmed what local residents had been saying all along – tar sands emissions were likely making them sick.

Resident repeatedly wrote to the government about the health issues their families were facing. Health issues that included headaches, disorientation, black outs leading to bad falls, night sweats, chronic nose and throat irritation, lung congestion, chronic coughing, reduced sense of smell, extreme fatigue and swollen lymph glands. Their pleas for help are truly heart breaking:

“I have two young children who I initially thought were going through a clumsy stage related to either a growth spurt or simply due to their age but now I know that they were being poisoned,” writes Karla Labrecque on her website.

“My three-year-old looked like he was a ghost most days while my two-year-old would repeatedly lose her balance while sitting and fall off furniture. Since making the difficult decision to leave our farm, both my children have made dramatic recoveries but I can’t help but think about what long-term effects they may suffer.”

Big Oil has No Place in Alberta's Schools

99346_157730.jpgI remember my grade two school teacher Mrs. Chalmers. She was an amazing educator.  While she didn’t like my unfinished art project, she made me want to learn about our connection to the natural world and taught me about the importance of a healthy environment.  In many ways some of the values I hold today came from what she let me explore. I wonder if that would have happened if she’d been working from a curriculum written by an oil company.

When I think of who should help direct our children’s education I think of people like Mrs. Chalmers. I think of parents, teachers, educational policy experts, school boards and principles. I don’t think of oil companies.

In Alberta, however, unless we raise our voice, that might be about to change.

Tell Alberta Education to keep Big Oil out of our kids' classrooms now.

Less is more: Energy conservation is common sense

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What’s stopping Ontario from creating 25,000 jobs while slashing government deficits, boosting GDP and cutting greenhouse gas emissions? Not much really.

Another firm that evaluated Keystone for State Department had ties to TransCanada

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The contractor that evaluated greenhouse gas emissions for the State Department's Keystone XL report is the latest company to come under fire for its ties to TransCanada, the prospective builder of the controversial pipeline.

A conflict-of-interest statement from the consulting firm ICF International, submitted to the State Department in 2012, reveals that the company had done other work for TransCanada.

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