Tony Clarke Debates Nestlé Waters Executive

Polaris Institute Executive Director Tony Clarke is participating in an online debate with Nestlé Waters Canada executive John Challinor.

Check out the debate and vote here!

The result that emerges from Cancun COP16: Climate in the Hands of Wild Capitalism


Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán

, Bolivia - For many, the Cancun Accord is a positive outcome, probably because they would rather maintain the sense that "something came out of it" than analyze the contents and consequences of the most recent climate change conference.

 For those of us who identify with the principles of climate justice and the contents of the People's Agreement of Cochabamba, it is a text that is essentially the same as the Copenhagen Accord. It leaves ambiguous the most vital aspects of what a climate agreement must do based on science and the need for equity - one of the most pressing causes highlighted by the climate crisis.



‘Climate Capitalism’ Won At Cancun - Everyone Else Loses

Originally posted on Znet, December 14, 2010

By Patrick Bond

CANCUN, MEXICO. The December 11 closure of the 16th Conference of the Parties – the global climate summit - in balmy Cancun was portrayed by most participants and mainstream journalists as a victory, a ‘step forward’. Bragged US State Department lead negotiator Todd Stern, “Ideas that were first of all, skeletal last year, and not approved, are now approved and elaborated.”

The elites’ positive spin is based on reaching an international consensus (though Bolivia formally dissented) and establishing instruments to manage the climate crisis using capitalist techniques. Cancun’s defenders argue that the last hours’ agreements include acknowledgements that emissions cuts must keep world temperature increases below 2°C, with consideration to be given to lowering the target to 1.5°C.

Canadian Civil Society Groups Participate in Caravans to Cancun

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November 29, 2010

Canadian Civil Society Groups Participate in Caravans to Cancun Climate Talks

Message Delivered to Communities Impacted by Canadian Mining Company New Gold

Members and staff from the Council of Canadians, the Polaris Institute and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are traveling to the Cancun climate talks this week by way of an international caravan. Organized by international and Mexican activists, the caravans are designed to bring local struggles against social and environmental injustices into the limelight as the global community convenes for the climate negotiations in Cancun.

Canadian Civil Society Demands Canadian Mining Companies Be Held Accountable for Overseas Abuses

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November 22, 2010

Canadian Civil Society Demands Canadian Mining Companies Be Held Accountable for Overseas Abuses

36 civil society organizations have signed a letter condemning the Canadian government’s failure to pass Bill C-300, which would have held Canadian mining companies accountable for overseas violations of human rights and environmental standards.

Bill C-300, the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries Act, was tabled by Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) John McKay in February 2009. On October 27, 2010, the bill was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons by a vote of 140-134. If the bill had passed, it would have ensured the withdrawal of public funds and political support for Canadian companies that violated human rights and environmental standards.

Interview with Polaris Institute Director Tony Clarke in Seoul

Polaris Institute's Executitve Director Tony Clarke has been in South Korea this week to protest the latest G20 summit.

Follow this link to watch a Euronews interview with Tony Clarke at the mass mobilization that took place today in Seoul: Tony Clarke Interview

Polaris Institute Director Tony Clarke in Seoul for G20 Summit

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Polaris Institute Director Tony Clarke in Seoul for G20 Summit

November 9, 2010 – This week, Polaris Institute Director Tony Clarke will be in South Korea as part of the global resistance to the latest G20 summit in Seoul. Clarke will be in South Korea to participate in alternative actions to the G20 along with a growing network of organizations, activists and social movements who are organizing to confront the illegitimate and undemocratic summit process.

While the G20 meetings do not begin until November 11th, The Peoples’ Week of Action in Seoul is bringing together people to discuss another way for the world to move forward that is apart from the dominant neoliberal model that has caused so much inequality and injustice. This alternative forum will be hosting workshops and roundtables on subjects dealing with alternatives to the global economy, agriculture and trade, gender justice and the climate crisis.

Call to Action to Protest the G20 Summit in Seoul

This week, The Polaris Institute will be participating in the People's Week of Collective Actions to confront the G20 Summit in Seoul.

This call to action is from the the 'Our World is Not for Sale' (OWINFS) network. The Polaris Institute is an active participant in this worldwide grouping of organizations, activists and social movements fighting the current model of corporate globalization embodied in global trading system. Click here to see OWINFS' program of activities for the G20 summit in Seoul.

A CALL TO SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
to PROTEST the G20 Summit in Seoul

20 COUNTRIES ALONE CANNOT DEFINE THE DESTINY OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
For System Change and an End to Business as usual, Let's build another world!

Statement regarding Concordia University’s dealings with Nestlé and PepsiCo

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Polaris Institute and the Canadian Federation of Students statement regarding Concordia University’s dealings with Nestlé and PepsiCo

October 27, 2010 - Concordia University administration is meeting this week with two of the largest corporations in the world – PepsiCo and Nestlé – to talk about bottled beverages. Nestlé is on campus today to discourage the administration from banning the purchase and sale of bottled water on campus while PepsiCo is meeting this Friday to sign a new multi-year exclusive beverage contract with the university.

Is the water privatisation tide finally turning?

Nick Buxton, Sepetember, 2010 (Original Post) - There is a photo of the Bolivian water war that is almost as iconic as the unknown hero who defied the tanks in Tiananmen Square. It shows a solitary indigenous woman, with plaited hair and pleated skirt, launching a slingshot against an implacable line of armed police.It symbolises the valiant resistance of the people of Cochabamba who succeeded in April 2000 in throwing out the Californian multinational company Bechtel that had privatised their water and pushed rates sky-high.