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Every year, Canada hands out $1.4 billion dollars to big fossil fuel companies, a gross mismanagement of our public funds. In 2009, Prime Minister Harper promised to put a stop to the waste. Yet, instead of cutting the subsidies as promised, the government is now slashing the services Canadians depend on.
Right now we have a unique opportunity. A motion drafted by youth-led climate justice movement PowerShift
is about to be brought before Parliament that could end these handouts for good, but only if enough of us pressure our MPs to vote for it.
Below is a link the full final declaration of the "Cupula dos povos", or People's summit, held in June in Rio de Janeiro during the 2012 UN Earth Summit (rio+20).
Here are the first few paragraphs:
People’s Summit “at Rio+20” for Social and Environmental Justice in defence of the commons, against the commodification of life
Two weeks ago in Rio, The Polaris Institute participated in a gathering of the global water justice movement inside the 'Blue Pavilion' at the Cupula dos Povos. The Blue Pavilion was organized in order to highlight water as a cross cutting issue in most global environmental and human rights campaigns. Polaris staff organized a session linking the issue of water to energy and extractive industries. The following is the final declaration from the Blue Pavilion.
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For Immediate Release
Rio de Janeiro/Ottawa - Following his statement to Canadian and international media and his address to the Rio+20 plenary, Canadians in Rio and back home issued the following statements.
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2012, Rio de Janeiro - Dozens of civil society organizations from around the world have gathered today at the Peoples’ Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to launch a global campaign to confront the power of corporations and their crimes against humanity. In the face of the failed official Rio + 20 process, which has been systematically co-opted and corrupted by transnational corporations, this campaign strives to unite hundreds of struggles, campaigns, networks, movements and organizations that are fighting the different ways transnational corporations are negatively impacting human rights and the rights of nature in every corner of the planet. The campaign denounces the corporate agenda of Rio + 20 to commodify nature. To put this campaign into action, there will be a rally at 6:00 PM, June 19th, from the Peoples’ Summit toward Largo de Carioca to confront the abuses of Brazilian energy and mining giant Vale.
This week, Tony and Richard from Polaris will be going to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the People's Summit (June 15-23) opposite the official Earth Summit (June 20-22).
Tony and Richard will both be actively participating in the water, extractive industry and energy portions of the People's Summit. More to come during and after the summit!
Below you will find an video analysis of what is at stake in Rio 20 years later, including discussions around the UN's proposal for a "green economy", including an interview with Polaris director, Tony Clarke.
Activist Communiqué: Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train –- Tar sands to pipelines
BY KRYSTALLINE KRAUS | MAY 4, 2012
The Yinka Dene Alliance is taking a Freedom Train across Canada to enforce their legal ban on the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipelines and tankers project, and to stand up for their freedom to choose their own future.
A large delegation of Yinka Dene people will travel with allied First Nations from their traditional territories in northern B.C. all the way to Toronto, with events in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg along the route.
Global Civil Society Calls on Governments to Strengthen, Not Weaken, UNCTAD's Role in Global Governance
22 April 2012
Sign-on Letter with 38 International and 137 National Organizations from Across the Globe Delivered to Negotiators at UNCTAD XIII in Doha (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Today, global civil society called on negotiators at the 13th quadrennial conference of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD XIII, to ensure that conference strengthens UNCTAD's role on keys issues of global economic governance and financial reform.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Nature
Dear Ms. Beckel,
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concern regarding the Canadian Museum of Nature's decision to accept funds from the Barrick Gold Corporation to create the "Barrick Salon" within the museum. We believe that this partnership and the public promotion of the Barrick Gold Corporation in the Museum represent clear contradictions of the museum's values and that the acceptance by the museum of money in exchange for honouring and promoting Barrick Gold will have negative consequences that extend far beyond the reputation of this museum.