Activism Works! Updates and Events
Activists working together to end fossil fuel investment in extraction and usage have had two major wins!
UK airport Expansion
Extinction Rebellion Newham UK reached out to Ontario XR groups to support their continuing efforts to stop the expansion of the Bristol airport near London that is majority owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP). In Ontario, phone calls, emails and education activities aimed at Ontario teachers about OTPP were undertaken by many XR Ontario groups including Guelph.
On Feb. 11 – XR Newham protested again in front of the OTTP UK office. Click the button below to read a recent news article about this protest.
Later on Feb. 11 – The North Somerset council rejected the airport expansion. More information can be found by clicking the button below which will take you to The Guardian’s reporting of this story.
Public protest works! – letter writing, calling MPs, public protests, collaborations. The #RejectTeck campaign initiated by Indigenous Climate Action, was publicly endorsed by Council of Canadians, Green Party, a letter by 170 Canadian doctors, Leadnow, Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, 350.org., university organizations, and thousands of individuals letting it be known they want the government to #RejectTeck.
Teck Resources Ltd., has withdrawn its application to build a massive oil sands project in northern Alberta, citing the ongoing debate over climate policy in Canada. The CEO wrote that “customers want policies that reconcile resource development and climate change” — something he said the region has yet to achieve. He wrote “Unfortunately, the growing debate around this issue has placed Frontier and our company squarely at the nexus of much broader issues that need to be resolved. In that context, it is now evident that there is no constructive path forward for the project.”
Read more about this major win by clicking the button below!
Indigenous Climate Action celebrates this win, saying “As the only Indigenous-led climate justice organization in so-called Canada, we want to thank all those that stood with us in the Reject TECK campaign, including UBCIC, Tiny House Warriors, and countless frontline voices that joined us in standing up for our peoples, lands and the climate.” Visit their website to read more about their response to Teck.
Feb. 28 – Mar. 1 OPIRG Rebel Knowledge Symposium
XRGuelph encourages anyone interested in climate crisis activism to check out this symposium at the U of Guelph. Run by the local Ontario Public Research Group a network of PIRGS across N. America started by Ralph Nader, this symposium has speakers, events and opportunities to meet and learn from other activists.
XRGuelph will have an info table at the symposium all weekend and we encourage you to come by, meet us and chat.
Events and actions change daily. If you are interested in taking action, you can ask to join Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Guelph on Facebook. You can also come to the OPIRG Symposium and meet other activists.
Call for Volunteers with XRGuelph
We are looking for people to organize an event featuring the presentation of “Heading For Extinction And What To Do About It”. “Headed for Extinction is a 1-hour slideshow talk which aims to share the true science of the climate crisis. If you have a location and a group of people, workplace, organization, or etc. that you could set up, we have presenters ready to come share the science behind climate change. This is a highly emotional presentation and it is not recommended for children. If you are interested in hosting this presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org