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A Year in Review: November 2009 June 16, 2010

Posted by maggieknight in A Year in Review.
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Wow, I guess life caught up with me and made things a little busy. Part 3 of 8.

– NOVEMBER –

The National Post publishes my letter “Climate change is not a game”, critiquing the NP’s flippant coverage of the protests in Parliament. Coverage in the McGill Daily and the Concordian paints a somewhat different picture. The McGill School of Environment’s Mel Lefebvre interviews me about Power Shift Canada.

Analysis by Jaccard & Associates on behalf of the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation assesses the economic impacts of different greenhouse gas reduction targets . Interpretations of what this means for Canada and best options for policy vary widely; we discuss options in my Economics of Climate Change class. In my Economics of the Environment, Prof Provencher shares this video:

At the Barcelona UN climate change talks (the last before Copenhagen), Canada is already seen as detracting from progress.

Closer to home, my article about the need for greater knowledge of how to adapt to climate change in the arctic is published in the McGill Daily.

SSMU Council passes sustainable seafood motion (props to members of Greenpeace McGill). Climate Mob Mondays come to McGill (see here and here) and to other universities across the country :

McGill undergraduates vote overwhelmingly in favour of the Sustainability Projects Fund and the SSMU Sustainability Ambassadors program builds steam. At the Macdonald campus, CERES runs a highly successful “Green Pledge” campaign. The Montreal Power Shift team morphs into Climate Justice Montreal. Seeking support from Justin Trudeau isn’t as successful as it could have been…

No help from the Conservatives either, as Environment Minister Jim Prentice suggests we shouldn’t expect any climate change legislation for a few years. Canadian are embarrassed by their government’s inaction and prominent scientists and politicians suggest that Canada should be kicked out of the Commonwealth for its (lack of) climate change policies. As international pressure mounts and Obama announces he will attend COP15, Harper changes his mind and decides he’ll go to Copenhagen too.

People for Climate Justice hold a series of sit-ins in Conservative Ministers’ offices across the country.

More and more videos from citizens’ groups and NGOs urge governments to act at the COP15 UN climate talks in Copenhagen. This Moms Against Climate Change is particularly controversial:

Climate Change: Epic Fail? Panel is hosted at McGill. To round out the month, creative actions continue across the country (as we all neglect our schoolwork). In Halifax, young people make the biggest banner of all time.

Climate Justice Montreal starts off the festive season with a “12 Days of Copenhagen” carol (it would have been a little better if we’d picked a key to start with):

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