VPD Hands Off Climate Justice Activists!

Climate Convergence Statement
November 13, 2021

On November 12, over 250 people gathered in downtown Vancouver for the “United for Climate Justice!” rally and march. This action was organized by 13 different Lower Mainland climate justice organizations to mark the last day of the COP26 United Nations Climate Summit. The plaza was filled with people from all walks of life coming together to demand climate action from the government of Canada, carrying beautiful banners and signs with strong messages, ready for a powerful united march through the streets of downtown Vancouver.

However, this peaceful gathering was severely disrupted when the Vancouver Police forcibly arrested three young climate justice activists. These young people were participating in a ceremony where they used washable red paint to leave handprints on the building housing the department of Environment and Climate Change.


HEY TRUDEAU, NO MORE CLIMATE LIES!
STOP TMX & CGL PIPELINES!
RESPECT INDIGENOUS RIGHTS!

Climate Convergence Statement
November 12, 2021

The United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow is now coming to a close. The Trudeau government once again try hard to portray itself to the world as a leader on climate action. This could not be any farther away from the truth.

After promising that “Canada is back!” at the COP21 meeting in Paris, the Trudeau government’s record six years later has done nothing but go backwards:


STOP TMX! NO NEW PIPELINE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY!

Aug, 13, 2021

Canada Is the Highest Emitter of Greenhouse Gases!

During the Vietnam War a United States military officer reportedly told an AP journalist, “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” On August 9, 2021, the Liberal government applied the same brutal logic to the climate emergency, claiming that the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline is needed to fund Canada’s already insufficient emission reduction commitments. Really, what Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Wilkinson are saying is, “We need to destroy the planet to save it.”


Site-C Dam Must Go!
BC Government Re-Commits to Site C Dam
More Excuses, Dishonest and Money Wasted.

May 1, 2021

In a press conference on February 26, 2021  heavy on excuses and light on accountability, BC NDP Premier John Horgan announced that the government would continue building the Site C mega-dam in the Peace River Valley of BC. The partial information Horgan released proves what many have warned since the project was first given approval in 2014, and the sheer amount of excuses and dishonesty on display during the press conference merit a rebuttal.


TMX OUT NOW!
Climate Convergence Statement on Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline
January 18, 2021

Despite a two-week construction pause at the end of December 2021, recent news has exposed that Prime Minister Trudeau and Trans Mountain remain committed to building the destructive Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX).

Trans Mountain has started off the new year by applying to the Federal government for permission to bypass City of Burnaby permitting requirements. This would pave the way for Trans Mountain tear down more than 1,300 trees on public and private land in Burnaby alone.


Is Any Political Party Serious About Climate Crisis?
Climate Convergence Statement on British Columbia Provincial Election
Wednesday, October 21

Climate Convergence banner action, October 21, 2020

On October 24, the provincial election will be held in British Columbia. From the standpoint of tackling the climate crisis, there has not been significant progress in British Columbia over the last three and a half years. All climate indicators clearly tell us that we are at the same place where we were before the last provincial election in 2017. The best that the minority government of Premier John Horgan – a coalition government of NDP and Green Party – could do has been to zigzag on all major environmental emergencies. This has meant big delays in making decisions on key environmental issues that would improve the urgent climate crisis facing British Columbia.


Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver Statement on Day of Throne Speech

September 23, 2020

We are living in extraordinary times. Not only has a global pandemic caused immeasurable disruption to all of our lives – in recent weeks a string of wildfires have scorched the west coast of North America and choked the skies with dark smoke. We have been quite literally surrounded by the ongoing global climate crisis.


Dear Oil and Gas Workers,

As climate and social justice activists, we acknowledge that you need help and solidarity right now. It may surprise you to learn that we believe the common ground we share far outweighs the number of issues on which we differ. More importantly, we wish you and your loved ones well, and we are not your enemy.


A statement by Climate Convergence

Climate Convergence sends our love and solidarity to everyone around the world fighting in defense of our communities and our mother earth during these difficult times. The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenging and uncertain times. We are very much looking forward to the day we can be on the streets with all of you – fighting for climate justice and the better world we all believe in. For the time being that’s not possible, but we wanted to reach out and say that we are committed to this struggle, and to finding safe ways to keep fighting.


Climate Convergence Statement – February 6, 2020

No TMX and CGL Pipelines!
Unfair, Unjust and Unacceptable Government Attacks Won’t Stop the Struggle

In only one week the government of Canada has trampled Indigenous rights in favour of climate killing pipeline projects twice. First, there was the Federal Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX). Now they have arrested and attacked Wet’suwet’en land defenders in an attempt make way for the Coastal Gaslink (CGL) pipeline. The struggle against TMX and CGL, and in defense of Indigenous rights and Mother Earth continues!

Ottawa Photo by Brent Patterson

Ottawa Photo by Brent Patterson

The Federal Court of Appeals has done its best to ignore the obvious on TMX: It is impossible for the Federal government, which has already purchased a pipeline project for $4.5 billion dollars, to retroactively consult in good faith as to whether or not they should build it


Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation – No Coastal Gas Link Pipeline!

No Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion!
People and Planet Before Pipelines and Profit!

January 29 Film Screening Fundraiser for Unist’ot’en Camp: https://www.facebook.com/events/843044636133592/

As 2020 begins, two key struggles against massive polluting pipeline projects are already ramping up. This presents urgent challenges and opportunities for the growing climate justice movement. As global warming and the climate crisis escalate to increasingly dangerous levels – united and committed mass opposition to both the Coastal Gas Link (CGL) and Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Pipelines are key to setting the tone for this decisive decade