“The GCCA is planning exciting mobilizing actions in the next few months and I look forward to the increased media coverage on climate change and the UN negotiations, something that has been slipping recently,” said Green Climate Critic Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu. “Having the GCCA Secretariat office in Montreal puts pressure on Canada.” Read more »
Archive for 2009 June
Former leader of the Green Party of Canada Jim Harris has a new column in the National Post about reducing energy at a profit. It’s an inspiring message I’ve heard him talk about recently on CBC radio as well.
June 23, 2009. OTTAWA–The Green Party of Canada today announces the appointment of Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu as Climate Advocate on its Shadow Cabinet, a post most recently held by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
In the next federal election, Ms. Mugnatto-Hamu will be the Green Party candidate challenging NDP leader Jack Layton in Toronto-Danforth. A mother of five living in the riding, she has been active in many climate and energy groups in Toronto since becoming concerned about the climate crisis several years ago. She has also been active with human rights issues throughout her life and is passionate about social justice.
“I’m glad to have such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic voice on the climate issue. It’s disappointing that an issue with such far-reaching implications isn’t given the importance it deserves by the other parties. The United Kingdom recognizes climate change and its connection with energy with a Department of Energy and Climate Change and Australia has a Department of Climate Change and Water because climate change is so tightly linked to water shortages there,” said Elizabeth May. “In Canada, the threat of climate change is not officially recognized at this level.”
Ms. Mugnatto-Hamu is excited about her new role. “My concerns about the threats from climate change drove me into active politics,” she says, “I’m more concerned today than I was just a few years ago. There’s more awareness of the issue, but there is also emerging evidence that the effects of climate change are occurring much more quickly than scientists had expected. Arctic ice is melting at alarming rates and we’re seeing methane releases from the North, which weren’t supposed to happen for many decades. The need to turn things around is more urgent than ever before. It’s actually a relief to feel like I’m doing something to help.”
Ms. Mugnatto-Hamu is also devoting several hours each day to canvassing the riding she hopes to win in the next election. She wants to work hard for “her constituents”, helping to build strong communities and understanding their needs. “Being a candidate is a full-time job,” she says. “And Climate Advocate is another full-time job. So it is very busy – but lots of fun!”
I have been waiting for the broader media to pick up on this story tucked into Embassy, a Canadian foreign policy newspaper. I find it explosive.
Recognizing that Canada’s position on climate negotiations was toxically inadequate, government officials, rather than improving it, instead decided to attempt to divide a united Europe so that Canada wouldn’t stand out as such a lonely opponent of climate action. It took the Suzuki Foundation unearthing memos under the Freedom of Information Act to uncover the duplicitous strategy. Read more »
According to a study jointly co-authored by researchers at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the United Nations University and CARE International, the stresses of climate change could create 700 million refugees by 2050. That’s about 20 times the entire population of Canada desperately searching for a new home. 40 countries may cease to exist altogether.
While canvassing today, I met a nice man who recommended this site and movie to me. I just watched it. It sort of languishes lovingly over primarily aerial images of tremendous beauty, both natural and man-made, while soaring music plays in the background and frightening assessments are made about our climate, our energy sources, and our ability to feed and water humanity. It ends with a worried but uplifting message of hope. It’s well worth the hour and a half.
2009 Jun 16: Portlands under threat, again
Once again the Portlands are being threatened with being used as a dumping ground for unwanted development. This time, the TTC wants to use them as yards for sleeping streetcars as they expand their fleet. Read more »