Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

International "Stop the Tar Sands!" Day is coming to Canada!


I heard the news today oh boy!

BERLIN, GERMANY - Last March, when I sent my first email to my first group and subsequently got my first non-response, I never imagined this - a stop the tar sands action in Canada taking place the same day as our demonstrations in Europe (July 17th). 

Don't get me wrong, a demonstration or action in support of shutting down the Canadian tar sands taking place in Canada is logical. The power to stop this disaster lies solely in the hands of us, the people of Canada. But back in March while trying to convince European environmental groups that the tar sands were a problem for Europe as well, I was having trouble staying optimistic that the demonstrations would take place in Europe at all, let alone Canada. ... Read more »

How the Tar Sands Demonstrations Europe Project Began - Part Two: Copenhagen and Canada's International Reputation

How does one go from being a care-free individual giving walking tours to subsidize his many many travels in Europe to organizing demonstrations in five major European cities to raise awareness about the tar sands? 


BERLIN, GERMANY - My last post explains why I decided to finally get involved in the climate change movement but not why I began with the tar sands. There are dozens if not hundreds of different issues related to climate change that I could have began with but I chose the tar sands.... Read more »

G20 Update

Yesterday was one of the craziest days of my life, I never thought I would ever witness firsthand anything like the violence perpetrated by both police and anarchists.  I am actually speechless about everything that has happened in the last 24 hours. I’ve lost count of the number of abuses to civil liberties and uncalled for cases of police brutality that I have witnessed or read about.

I have posted some photos in my gallery (slide show below) and some videos (below) but I’ll wait to share my thoughts on the whole weekend once I’ve had time to digest the inspiring acts I have seen as well as the terrible ones.

Toronto will not soon forget the weekend the G20 came to town. 



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Naomi Klein Leads March From Massey Hall, Speaks to Crowd at G20 Tent City

Naomi Klein spoke at the Shout Out for Climate Justice hosted by the council of Canadians on June 25th. Afterwards she invited the audience to join her in marching to the tent city erected that day in Allan Garden to protest poverty in Toronto.



The Audience of Massey Hall arriving at Allan Garden around 11pm

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How the Tar Sands Demonstrations Europe Project Began - Part One: Copenhagen


How does one go from being a care-free individual giving walking tours to subsidize his many many travels in Europe, to organizing demonstrations in five major European cities to raise awareness about the tar sands? 

BERLIN, GERMANY – When I told my Grandmother last March that I was going to organize tar sands demonstrations in Europe her response was: “Derek, I wish you never went to Copenhagen!” No matter what I do, she always worries about me (God bless her!). She was right too. None of this would have happened had I not spent three weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark last December during the UN Climate Change Summit or COP 15.... Read more »

Sustaining a movement

Sometimes, what attracts you to a cause isn’t what holds your interest in it.

Although the environment was always a concern for me, it didn’t move into a place of central importance until fairly recently.

I’m one of those people who always considered themselves “balanced.” In fact, I prided myself on it. I would do my best to weigh competing arguments before making a decision. I enjoyed nuance in any argument. I tried not to opine on a subject before absorbing reams of information.

To a large extent, I’m still the same person. But on the topic of the environment, I am more than ever convinced that a "balanced” approach is the perfectly wrong way to deal with the severity of the crisis at hand.
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G20 - Toronto Police Given New Powers Near Security Fence

I have just learned that the Toronto Police have been given new temporary powers to prevent protesters from approaching the 1984-esque security fence around downtown Toronto. Police have been granted the power to:... Read more »

The Toxic Tour of Toronto

Yesterday I participated in the Toxic Tour of Toronto, a march in the name of climate justice with a strong focus on Canadian mining abuses in developing countries. The march was fun and colourful with more floats than I’ve ever seen outside of a Santa Claus parade. The tour stopped along the way at key locations: an RBC branch, the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and the court house to listen to speakers from communities affected by extractive industries, including the Alberta Tar Sands. These speakers - from Guatemala, Kenya, Alberta & BC - spoke passionately about the violence being done to their communities: violence to protesters and to the land.... Read more »

Bread and circuses

Business is down at my daughter's downtown cafe in Toronto. There has been no economic ripple effect from the G20 meeting. The slower pace, however, has given the locals a chance to talk to each other. She even had time to call her dad just to chat.

"I had a customer the other day," she told me, "we got to talking about the environment and I mentioned Sierra Club. She said, 'Oh yeah, they changed their name.' I didn't know what she was talking about."

Got me thinking about all the time and effort we put into coming up with the right messaging and best strategies. How are we going to position our issues at the G20 to break through the hoopla of world leaders and billion dollar security?

I'm not heading down to Toronto. I've had my fill of marching and banner waving. I know it feels good to get together with people of like mind and express yourself.
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Gearing up for the G20


My name is Emily Rideout and I’ll be blogging about the G20 taking place in downtown Toronto June 25-27 2010.

So what does climate justice have to do with the G20?  The G20 is a meeting between the finance ministers of both the world's wealthiest countries and emerging economies (Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and India) to discuss the global economy. Collectively, the G20 economies comprise 85%of global gross national product, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population.... Read more »

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