An Evening with Dr. Dianne SaxeFinding Hope at COP 24 and more.

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CCL Canada Newsletter
December 2018


Table of Contents:
An Evening with Dr. Dianne Saxe
Finding Hope at COP 24 
ICYMI - A wrap up of 2018
Fridays For Future Strike 
CCL - The cure for climate trauma  
Letter to the editor
Donate to CCL Canada 
An Evening with Dr. Dianne Saxe
Canadians live in one of the richest countries the world has ever known. The climate crisis is really urgent, yet Canada and now  especially Ontario are not doing their part to solve this crisis.
People need facts and public education. Thus, the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, reThink Green, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sudbury and the Naturalist Society have worked together to bring Dr. Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario to Sudbury on Tuesday, January 8 at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, P3E 2C6. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The event begins at 6:45 pm and ends at 7:55 pm.
Read the full media release here.  Also, some environmental groups in the Waterloo Region are hosting a similar event in Kitchener on January 15th.
For people in the Greater Sudbury area, if you plan to attend please sign the Doodler to help us keep track of the number of people expected at the event:
If you don’t live in the Greater Sudbury region, you can watch this presentation on CCL Canada’s Zoom Room at 6:45 pm ET,  Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Please note the your time zone and mute your lines when you join the call.


BLOG: Finding Hope at COP24 
Despite her loathing of airplane travel, Cathy Orlando, CCL’s Canadian Director and International Outreach Manager, attended the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Cathy balanced her Canadian and International responsibilities at COP24. It was a valuable experience that included brushes with famous climate personalities, intelligence gathering and relationship-building.
Amidst all the bad news, Cathy found hope.


In Case You Missed It: A wrap up of 2018
Bold and consistent actions by our volunteers over the last eight years have produced incredible results.
Our work at CCL Canada has contributed to Canada committing to a peer-review of fossil fuel subsidies under the G20, the design of Canada’s national carbon pricing policy and has played a role in building political will for carbon fee and dividend in both Ireland and the United States. As well, we helped bring the Fridays’ For Future climate strike to the Western Hemisphere.
Thank you, everyone, for daring greatly and being on the journey with us from me to we! Action is where hope resides.
Read details here:
Fridays For Future Strike - January 11, 2019
Following the hottest summer on record in Sweden since records began 262 years ago, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg  started cutting classes at school. Dismayed by lack of real action on the climate crisis, Greta said, “If grown-ups don’t give a <__> about my future, I won’t either.”
On Friday, December 7, youth in Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kingston, Kitchener, Ottawa, and  Fredericton conducted Fridays For Future strikes. The Canadian youth made the CBC National News and Greta shared her appreciation on Twitter and Instagram. Upon hearing that the youth made the CBC National, Marshall Saunders, the founder of Citizens’ Climate Lobby sent a congratulatory email with the words,”You continue to knock ‘em alive.”
Our National Director has been working directly with the international organizing team for Fridays For Future and helped set up a coordinating site on the internet. Canadians strikers have been meeting on teleconference calls. For those interested in joining the movement please note there is an optional call Monday, January 7, 2019, 5 pm PT / 8 pm and you can RSVP Here.
When we began this work in 2010, a prominent climate activist sent our national director an email with an article about creating political will. The take home message was: “Politicians take notice of highly organized groups.”  Thus, if you know of youth planning to strike, please sign up online and help us become too connected to fail.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby - The cure for climate trauma 
Is the climate crisis affecting your mental health? Have you watched Greta Thunberg’s Ted Talk?
Greta says, “We have had 30 years of pep talking”. She went on to say, “Yes, we do need hope—of course, we do. But the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.”
Although this blog was originally written in 2011, it still applies to this day.
Find out what many Citizens’ Climate Lobbyists know: Citizens’ Climate Lobby is the cure for climate trauma.

Letter to the Editor of the Month 
As we prepare for building political will in Canada for a liveable 2019, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers across Canada will be looking at other organizations locally to help them build their local network. Here is one of our newest leader’s take on the grassroots climate movements in Victoria BC.
Extinction Rebellion is About Leadership
Re: “Exercise in futility,” editorial, Dec. 5.
Wednesday’s editorial characterized the Johnson Street Bridge protest by Rise n Resist and Extinction Rebellion as “worse than useless.” I beg to differ.
Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that began in the U.K. in October, when 94 academics signed a call to action due to the dire nature of the climate crisis. Among the thousands participating in the British protests is Guardian journalist George Monbiot, who believes that governments are not listening to the people and that nonviolent protest is the only way to get the public’s concerns heard. He is right.
Extinction Rebellion has become headline gold, and not just in the U.K. The movement is spreading like wildfire.
Monday’s protest on the Johnson Street Bridge was very modest compared with 6,000 protesters blocking five bridges in London on Nov. 17, but the call to action was the same.
I think that the evidence that Monday’s protest was successful is that there was coverage of the event in the Times Colonist, as well as the publishing of the protesters’ very well articulated arguments in Wednesday’s paper.
The movement is not about obstructing traffic. The movement is about getting the attention of governments and the public about the dire climate emergency we are in and that business as usual might well spell extinction for most species, including ourselves. It’s called leadership.
Glenyss Turner

Donations matched!
Everything at CCL Canada is done by volunteers who pay their own way and/or fundraise to get around this vast country of ours. We have no paid staff.  And because we have taken such great care to protect our image of being non-partisan and highly focused, we have priceless social capital.

Currently, we have just under  $4100 in donations for our year-end drive which is earmarked for national and regional events in 2019.  All donations will be matched up to $10,000 if donations are made by January 15, we have actually raised almost raised $8200.
And, because we have managed our donations from 2018 so carefully, at year-end we have just over $5000 in our bank account before we started our year-end fundraising.
Imagine what we could do with $25,000 in 2019.
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