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Climate Justice Events in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto -- April 20-22
 
CLIMATE JUSTICE TOUR - APRIL 2009
Next week, Climate Action Network Canada is hosting a climate justice tour to launch new reports from EcoEquity and the Pembina Institute. Events will be held in Montreal (April 20th), Ottawa (April 20th and 21st) and Toronto (April 22nd), and we hope to see you. See below for more information.

Background:
Over the course of 2009, Climate Action Network Canada and its members will be working together to engage decision-makers and the general public on Canada's responsibility to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of global warming and adopt clean energy technologies.

For Canada, this isn't just the right thing to do; it is also a central part of the discussion at the United Nations climate change negotiations. If industrialized countries refuse to provide this support, the international community will fail to reach agreement on the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol at the December UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Next week, Climate Action Network Canada will be working with the U.S.-based Eco-Equity to release a report that looks at the following questions:

?         How can the international community carry out an emergency program to stabilize the Earth's climate while at the same time preserving the right of all people to reach a dignified level of sustainable human development free of the privations of poverty?
.        What are Canada's obligations likely to be under such a program? Most people would agree that Canada needs to do its fair share to fight climate change, but in a world characterized by both extreme poverty and great wealth, what is Canada's fair share?

We appreciate the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the United Church of Canada for making this possible, as well as our partnerships with Greenpeace, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club of Canada, the Toronto Climate Campaign, the Pembina Institute, Oxfam Canada, Equiterre and others.

See below or See our website for more information>
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April 20, 2009 - Ottawa, Ontario
 
PUBLIC FORUM ON CLIMATE JUSTICE: 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: Auditorium, Library and National Archives, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

An event hosted by Climate Action Network Canada, Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Canada, and Oxfam Canada.

Guests: Tom Athanasiou of EcoEquity based in San Francisco and Sven Teske of Greenpeace International, based in Amsterdam.
Tom Athanasiou, director of EcoEquity (ecoequity.org), a U.S.-based organization dedicated to linking ecological issues with the problems of social equity. He is the author of several books on climate change and environmental justice issues, including Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor and Dead Heat: Global Justice & Global Warming, and is in Ottawa to launch a Canadian version of EcoEquity's Greenhouse Development Rights report (see ecoequity.org). Tom will be speaking on how the international community can carry-out an emergency program to stabilize the Earth's climate while, at the same time, preserving the right of all people to reach a dignified level of sustainable human development free of the privations of poverty. What would Canada's "fair share" look like under such a deal? Dave Martin, Climate Change Director of Greenpeace Canada, will also present Greenpeace's recipe for kick-starting an energy revolution here at home.

The world needs an emergency program that stabilizes the Earth's climate AND preserves the right of all people to reach a dignified level of human development. Governments are negotiating the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and deciding what level of commitment each country needs to take-on. But in a world characterized by extreme poverty and great wealth, what is Canada's fair share? And how do we kick-start a clean energy revolution here at home?

The event will feature leading climate change thinkers from the United States and Europe, short films on climate justice, and a reception to celebrate the launch of new reports from Eco-Equity, the Pembina Institute, and Greenpeace Canada. Please join us!


April 20, 2009 - Montreal, Quebec
 
CLIMATE JUSTICE SEMINAR (BY INVITATION): 12:00PM TO 1:30PM

Please contact Montana Burgess at mburgess@climateactionnetwork.ca to register.

The seminar will feature the release of a report on Canada's obligation to help developing countries adapt to climate change and deploy clean energy technologies.

The world needs an emergency program that stabilizes the Earth's climate AND preserves the right of all people to reach a dignified level of human development. Governments are negotiating the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and deciding what level of commitment each country needs to take-on. But in a world characterized by extreme poverty and great wealth, what is Canada's fair share? And how do we kick-start a clean energy revolution here at home?

The keynote presentation will be provided by Tom Athanasiou, Director of the U.S.-based organization EcoEquity. Tom is the author of several books on climate change and environmental justice issues, including Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor and Dead Heat: Global Justice & Global Warming.

Clare Demerse, Associate Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change program, who will also outline a new report from the Pembina Institute on Canada's role in supporting global climate solutions.


April 21, 2009 - Ottawa, Ontario
 
CLIMATE JUSTICE SEMINAR (BY INVITATION): 2:00PM TO 4:30PM

Please contact Montana Burgess at mburgess@climateactionnetwork.ca to register.

The seminar will feature the release of a report on Canada's obligation to help developing countries adapt to climate change and deploy clean energy technologies.

The world needs an emergency program that stabilizes the Earth's climate AND preserves the right of all people to reach a dignified level of human development. Governments are negotiating the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and deciding what level of commitment each country needs to take-on. But in a world characterized by extreme poverty and great wealth, what is Canada's fair share? And how do we kick-start a clean energy revolution here at home?

The keynote presentation will be provided by Tom Athanasiou, Director of the U.S.-based organization EcoEquity. Tom is the author of several books on climate change and environmental justice issues, including Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor and Dead Heat: Global Justice & Global Warming.

The seminar will also include a panel discussion on how the Greenhouse Development Rights framework relates to key issues under discussion at the UN climate negotiations. Panellists will include Clare Demerse, Associate Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change program, who will outline a new report from the Pembina Institute on Canada's role in supporting global climate solutions, Graham Saul, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, and Mark Fried of Oxfam Canada.


April 22, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario
 
CLIMATE JUSTICE SEMINAR (BY INVITATION): 3:00PM TO 5:00PM

Please contact Montana Burgess at mburgess@climateactionnetwork.ca to register.

The seminar will feature the release of a report on Canada's obligation to help developing countries adapt to climate change and deploy clean energy technologies.

The keynote presentation will be provided by Tom Athanasiou, Director of the U.S.-based organization EcoEquity. Tom is the author of several books on climate change and environmental justice issues, including Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor and Dead Heat: Global Justice & Global Warming.

The seminar will also include a panel discussion on how the Greenhouse Development Rights framework relates to key issues under discussion at the UN climate negotiations. Panellists will include Clare Demerse, Associate Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change program, who will outline a new report from the Pembina Institute on Canada's role in supporting global climate solutions, Graham Saul, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, and Mark Fried of Oxfam Canada.

April 22, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario
 
PUBLIC FORUM ON CLIMATE JUSTICE: 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: Steel Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto
(1 block South of College, 2 blocks East of Spadina)

An event hosted by Climate Action Network Canada, Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Canada, and Oxfam Canada.

Guests: Tom Athanasiou of EcoEquity based in San Francisco, Dave Martin, Climate Change Director of Greenpeace Canada.

The world needs an emergency program that stabilizes the Earth's climate AND preserves the right of all people to reach a dignified level of human development. Governments are negotiating the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and deciding what level of commitment each country needs to take-on. But in a world characterized by extreme poverty and great wealth, what is Canada's fair share? And how do we kick-start a clean energy revolution here at home?

Tom Athanasiou is the director of EcoEquity (ecoequity.org), a U.S.-based organization dedicated to linking ecological issues with the problems of social equity. He is the author of several books on climate change and environmental justice issues, including Divided Planet: The Ecology of Rich and Poor and Dead Heat: Global Justice & Global Warming. Tom is in Toronto for Earth Day on April 22nd. He will be speaking at Steel Hall on the urgent need for a fair and effective global agreement to fight climate change and what this means for Canada.
Dave Martin, Climate Change Director of Greenpeace Canada, will also present Greenpeace's recipe for kick-starting an energy revolution here at home.

This Earth Day, we are building a vision for a fair global climate change agreement and an energy revolution here at home. Please join us!

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