Parents call for electric school buses in B.C.

Electric School Bus Campaigner Ruth Kamnitzer and Pembina Institute analyst Colton Kasteel collaborated to write this powerful op-ed for the Victoria Times Colonist. They make a strong argument for why all new school buses should be electric in B.C. (and hopefully this will provide a model for other provinces too). 

 

 

Read the full article here

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We banned tobacco ads; why not those for fossil fuels?

Such a move would send a clear message that we are seeking a new normal for the sake of the planet’s health and for our kids.

This month, NDP MP Charlie Angus introduced Bill C-372, “An Act respecting fossil fuel advertising” in the House of Commons. This was modelled on the act targeting tobacco advertisements. Reaction was swift and extreme with overblown claims that ordinary citizens would be jailed for sharing positive opinions about oil and gas. Hopefully, common sense will prevail.

 

 

Ending deceptive oil and gas ads is a critical step for a livable future

While it’s hard to talk about given our economy’s reliance on fossil fuels, we know what’s causing these wildfires and hazy skies. For too long, the oil and gas industry has known about the devastating effects that their emissions would have on the planet and they’ve spent decades working to hide the damage their industry causes from the rest of us. 

Read Claire and Miranda's full piece in The Edmonton Journal here. 

Climate activist parents join court case against Ontario

Parent-led climate action group For Our Kids went to the Ontario Court of Appeal Monday to support youth suing the province over alleged climate inaction.

The lawsuit claims Ontario's plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions is in contravention with Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — which Ontario pledged to uphold — and constitutes a breach of the Charter rights of the province’s youth, who will suffer the most from climate change.

"Parents will do anything to protect their children," said Whyte. "We'll always show up in that fight."