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  1. Academics Urge Government Climate Action
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    More than 500 university faculty members from universities across Canada signed a letter to the Canadian Government calling for immediate drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The letter points out the time frame of reductions is critical.
  2. Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism as savage as any waged by George Bush. Until now I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada.
  3. Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    So long as we live under capitalism, today, tomorrow, next year and every year thereafter, economic growth will always be the overriding priority till we barrel right off the cliff to collapse.
  4. Climate politics must be as radical as the climate crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    If the climate action movement allows its goals to be shaped by what is permissible in a capitalist economy then it has already failed. To respond to the climate emergency, our politics must be as radical as our reality. Revolutionary changes needed for humankind to survive and thrive.
  5. The Closing Circle
    Man, Technology & the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    Commoner argues that economic life must be structured to conform to the principles of ecology, as opposed to the goal of unlimited growth that underpins capitalist economies.
  6. Common Sense for Hard Times
    The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
    Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is organized, and thereby enables us to re-examine our own situation and experience.
  7. Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is "very excited" about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. But there are questions about whether the WWF is effective in its work and, moreover, why the WWF and other members of the global environmental movement have made such little progress combatting the most serious threat to earth - climate change.
  8. Death By A Thousand Cuts: Earth Enters The ‘Danger Zone’
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    2014 was the warmest year on record for the world; possibly the warmest in 5000 years. Even worse, this warming will soon double the pollution levels of our planet. Meanwhile, corporate media couldn't care less.
  9. Deep Ecology
    Living as if Nature Mattered

    Resource Type: Book
  10. Des jeunes participent à une occupation pacifique pour la justice climatique à l'intérieur du Comité sur l'Environement de la Chambre des Communes
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Six jeunes ont entrepris une occupation pacifique à l'intrieur du Parlement canadien, à
    l'occasion d'une rencontre du Comité permanent de l'environnement et du
    développement durable dans l'édifice du centre.
  11. Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis on the Care for our Common Home
    Pope's statement on environment and exploitation

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation.
  12. Green on Red
    Evolving Ecological Socialism

    Resource Type: Book
    Essays exploring alternative economic and political strategies within an ecological context.
  13. Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Reach New Record
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands of years.
  14. Humanity Imperiled: The Path To Disaster
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That's been true since 1945. It's now being finally recognized that there are more long-term processes like environmental destruction leading in the same direction, maybe not to total destruction, but at least to the destruction of the capacity for a decent existence.
  15. Hungry for Climate Leadership - Day 9 of Fast for Climate Justice on the Hill
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    It's Day 9 and the Fasters are hungry, but determined to convey the urgency of the crisis to our elected officials and asks them to end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon and develop a National Renewable Energy Plan.
  16. The IPCC report: Between nightmare and revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Belgian ecosocialist Daniel Tanuro says the latest IPCC report has sounded an alarm that we must not ignore. Only radical change can avert climate disaster.
  17. The Late Great Lakes
    An Environmental History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1986
    Ashworth presents five common misunderstandings about the Great Lakes and advocates for improvements, remedial action and ecosystem strategies.
  18. A Line in the Tar Sands
    Struggles for Environmental Justice

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to quite explicitly marry concern for frontline communities and immediate local hazards with fear for the future of the entire planet.
  19. 'The Planet Can't Keep Doing Us A Favour'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    With humanity's huge impact on the planet's climate becoming ever clearer, the claim of 'history in the making' is truly deserved.
  20. The Politics of Pachamama
    Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    While many economies and citizens have benefitted from the state’s larger involvement in the extraction of these resources, extractivism under progressive governments, as it had under neoliberalism, still displaces rural communities, poisons water sources, kills the soil, and undermines indigenous territorial autonomy.
  21. The Rising Seas
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
  22. A Short History of Progress
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2004
    If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
  23. State of the Ark
    An Atlas of Conservation in Action

    Resource Type: Book
  24. System Change Not Climate Change
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Stopping climate catastrophe and winning a world of climate justice is a critical task of our generation -- and it will require a radical transformation of society and of our relationship with nature. This pamphlet examines the climate crisis, Canada's contributio, and the development of colonialism and capitalism that led us here.
  25. Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
  26. This Changes Everything
    Capitalism vs the Climate

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    Klein says that climate change cannot be confronted unless we confront capitalism. She says that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better.
  27. This Changes Everything
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2015
    Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, the film presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Klein suggests that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
  28. VOW Women Concerned by Rising Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    As members of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace we are extremely concerned about the threat to our future from runaway temperature rise as a result rising carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere.
  29. What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism
    A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power — no matter how “green” — are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.
  30. Why environmentalists must support workers' struggles
    Global Capitalism is the Real Enemy

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    This is to specifically address class struggle as it relates to the ecological crisis. It will not address all the other (many!) reasons that working class struggle must be waged and supported.
  31. Youth Stage Peaceful Sit-in for Climate Justice inside House of Common's Environment Committee
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Six youth staged a peaceful sit-in inside the Canadian parliament, at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, pledging to stay until the Harper government acts to combat the climate crisis.

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