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On climate, Canada buries its head in the oilsands

 Canada was once a leader on the world’s most pressing ethical issues, such as apartheid. When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Harper prefers silence, says Tony Burman. He goes on to write about dis-investment in fossil fuel corporations, and parallels with the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Burman even quotes Rev. Desmond Tutu.

 

Read the full commentary at:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/09/27/on_climate_canada_buries_its_head_in_the_oilsands.html

 Special to the Toronto Star, Published on Sat Sep 27 2014

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Desmond Tutu’s visit to Canada’s Tar Sands

KAIROS Canada connects with Archbishop Desmond Tutu over climate change, resource extraction and Indigenous rights

Ed Bianchi, Jennifer Henry & Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Jennifer Henry, KAIROS’ Executive Director and Ed Bianchi, Program Manager, were thrilled to meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Fort McMurray at the As Long As the Rivers Flow: Coming Back to the Treaty Relationship in Our Time conference, May 31-June 1, 2014. Archbishop Tutu says climate change is a moral struggle and that we must all consider how Alberta’s tar sands impact the climate, Indigenous rights, and the global community – a position echoed by KAIROS.

The conference explored how treaties protect the environment, shape resource development, and address the promise of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Following the conference, Jennifer and Ed visited Fort Chipewyan to follow up on a delegation to the tar sands organized by KAIROS in 2009 that was comprised of leaders from Canadian churches and church organizations, as well as Indigenous representatives from British Columbia, Ecuador and Nigeria.

Jennifer and Ed’s Blogs

We are all connected, by Jennifer Henry
His was a clarion call: we need to move away from fossil fuels dependence towards cleaner and safer energies that protect the people and the planet. Read more.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: A Voice To be Heard, by Jennifer Henry
I worked as a Christian Education worker in an Anglican church in Winnipeg in the late 80’s.  Like others in the churches, we were actively involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.  Read more.

It’s time to decarbonise, by Ed Bianchi
Winona LaDuke wants to change the terms of the discussion. She says we are in a spiritual moment, and we have a choice to make. Do we want to live for another 500 – 1000 years, or another 50? Read more. This blog also appears in Rabble.ca – Changing the discussion on the high carbon economy.

We do have choices, by Jennifer Henry
There was rain in the morning, but when it came time to fly to Fort Chipewyan the sky was beautifully clear. It was a chance for me to see directly something of what was highlighted at the last two days during the So Long as the Rivers Flow Conference. Read more.

Fort Chipewyan: Time for Treaty Renewal, by Ed Bianchi
In so many ways, Fort Chipewyan’s story mirrors that of Canada. Its rich history includes Indigenous peoples, explorers, fur traders, disease, corporations, governments, treaties, residential schools, and the church. Read more.

For more on KAIROS’ visit to Fort McMurray, click here.

Desmond Tutu calls Alberta oilsands ‘filth’

Desmond Tutu calls Alberta oilsands ‘filth’

South African archbishop has harsh criticism of industry during visit to Fort McMurray.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives the keynote address during a conference on oilsands development and treaty rights in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Saturday.<br /><br /><br /><br />

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives the keynote address during a conference on oilsands development and treaty rights in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Saturday.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.—A brief helicopter tour of the oilsands Saturday wasn’t enough to shake Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s conviction that the industry is doing massive harm to both the climate and the environment.

“It is important that we do something about the horrendous effects and impacts on the only world we have,” he said after the brief Suncor-sponsored flight that took him over part of the company’s operations.

Earlier that day, Tutu’s judgment of Alberta’s oilsands had been harsh.

“The fact that this filth is being created now, when the link between carbon emissions and global warming is so obvious, reflects negligence and greed,” Tutu told more than 200 rapt attendees at a conference on oilsands development and treaty rights in Fort McMurray.

“Oilsands development not only devastates our shared climate, it is also stripping away the rights of First Nations and affected communities to protect their children, land and water from being poisoned.”

More: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/31/desmond_tutu_calls_alberta_oilsands_filth.html[/embed]

Petro-Divestment movement

Why the Petro-Divestment Movement Is Unstoppable

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

South African bishop Desmond Tutu: In Fort McMurray Friday (May 30, 2014) to slam the oil sands’s contribution to climate change, he has called for boycotts of fossil fuel companies’ activities.

University of Victoria faculty members recently voted on divesting their pension fund, and the university’s endowment, from fossil fuel companies. A strong majority (66 per cent) voted in favour. The vote joins faculty with 2,000 UVic students (and growing), and campaigns at 40 campuses across the country, calling for divestment.

More: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/06/02/Petro-Divestment-Movement/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=020614[/embed]

Stephen Harper: “ Don’t Indulge Non-Scientific Theories”

Harper touts the value of scientific evidence.

Theology in the Vineyard

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a rare interview given to his favourite media outlet the CBC, invoked the role of science when it came to the excellent initiative on maternal , newborn and child health this past week.

“It’s hard for me not to get very emotional about this because we know, we scientifically know, what vaccinations and immunizations have done for us, personally, in our generation and for generations after us.”

The World Health Organization, estimates 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diseases that could be avoided with vaccinations, including polio and pneumonia.

It turns out that some Canadians who apparently get their health info from the internet are not vaccinating their children. There has been an outbreak of measles in a few areas. An area in BC reported 400 kids affected with the disease.

The Prime Minister’s advice to fellow Canadians :

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Posted May 31, 2014 by allanbaker in Environment

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