The warming climate is a planetary emergency resulting in unwanted health impacts, with financial and economic costs that will soon have devastating repercussions.

SEGPIC1In November 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report issuing a challenge for all humanity. Unless fossil fuel use is reduced 50 percent by 2030 and 100 per cent by mid-century, climate chaos could destroy the underpinnings of civilization, including agriculture and the food system, coastal communities, ocean productivity, and the global economy.


This urgent challenge confronts all people, regardless of their beliefs or political affiliation.


Climate experts warn for Earth to remain habitable for humans the global temperature must not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. But the planet is still on track to reach between 2 to 4-plus degrees Celsius (3.6 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, which would be a catastrophe for humanity.

SEGPIC2The growing numbers of emergency events linked to global warming include huge forest fires and the thawing of Arctic permafrost both of which release vast quantities of CO2, the melting of glaciers and polar ice leading to sea level rise and loss of drinking water, invasive species impacting the local environment, massive rainfalls and increased floods, prolonged droughts, ocean acidification and more frequent severe storms around the world. This emergency, if not effectively addressed now, will severely impact human wellbeing and economic life.

Climatologists and climate scientists have been issuing increasingly stern warnings, yet the majority of politicians continue to pretend things are under control. They continue to advocate for business as usual with “responsible resource development” and a “balanced approach” to combatting climate change so they can continue to profit.

With a federal election coming on October 21st, Canadians have an ideal opportunity to make the climate emergency an issue that can no longer be disregarded. Likewise, Americans will have the same opportunity November 3rd, 2020.

Mark Carney, the Bank of England Governor, warns that businesses that fail to adapt to climate change will go bust. “Companies that don’t adapt – including companies in the financial system – will go bankrupt without question…What the capitalist system needs to do is to manage the risks around climate change and be ready for the different speeds of the adjustment.”

What’s required is the rapid decarbonization of the world’s economy. New Brunswick, Canada, and the entire world MUST mobilize quickly to substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions by switching to the low carbon economy with clean, renewable energy. This will create far more new and lasting jobs than the fading fossil fuel economy can provide.


At stake is the future for the coming generations and perhaps the very existence of the human civilization on planet Earth.


We must act upon the climate emergency with the same determination and speed that was mobilized for World War II. What will you do now to help preserve a livable planet for future generations?


Please consider doing the following:SEGPIC3

  • Share this call to action with all your contacts, particularly educators and clergy, or anyone in a position of influence and power.
  • Ask your provincial and federal politicians and candidates for political office in Canada for their position on the “climate emergency.” Americans can do the same for state and national candidates in the U.S. in 2020.
  • Vote only for candidates who present a clear plan for addressing the climate emergency.
  • Continually seek ways to lower your own carbon footprint.

Present and future generations will thank you for your help!

Stop Spraying NB NEWS:

- Stop Spraying NB has launched a NEW ACTION ITEM for supporters:

Please set up an appointment with your MLA in your local constituency office on a Constituency Monday and BRING SSNB's brand new pamphlet full of great facts to counter govt spin. Every MLA has a duty to be available to you on Mondays!

You can download and print the pdf of our pamphlet directly from our website (it prints well in black and white!):

http://www.stopsprayingnb.ca/?page_id=103

- SSNB has also started sending out a monthly email newsletter to our email list. here is our debut August Newsletter. Please join our email list if you want to be kept up-to-date. we promise not to fill your inbox.

Link to our SSNB Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/b773cbb8c314/welcome-to-ssnbs-first-newsletter?fbclid=IwAR1mNBSZ1ze7MVSJdzeIt_IrVJauKSmllN13EHlZfp5Ua_pEYuQZJsqmkwk

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In about a month, people in New Brunswick will be electing a new provincial government.

Council of Canadians chapter members like us have been hard at work, knocking on doors and speaking with people in our communities about the important issues facing our province.

We wanted to share this handbill, which includes important ballot box issues such as a just transition to jobs in sustainable economies, Indigenous rights, forestry and glyphosate spraying, water, health care, and shale gas. There are also some questions you can ask your candidates.

Election periods are short. In order to get these issues on the radar we need people to be informed, to be talking to each other, and asking tough questions to their local candidates.

Will you help? Can you share this handout with your friends, family members and neighbours? We’ll be producing more online tools and information as the election period carries on, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter.

The Council of Canadians is non-partisan and won’t be supporting any specific candidates or parties. What we do want is a government that won’t undermine our most fundamental democratic rights, and will act in the best interest for the future of our communities and our global climate. This election is our collective opportunity to change the political landscape for the better.

Elections New Brunswick reported voter turnout was 64.7% in the 2014 provincial election, dropping from 69.5% in 2010. Voter turnout has been declining, and we know that it’s not about apathy, it’s about issues. Many potential voters are tuning out of electoral politics because they don’t see the issues that matter to them reflected in the political discussions. Others want to vote, but they face systemic barriers that deter, or even prevent, them from doing so. We must work together to get more people to the ballot boxes and overcome these barriers.

Our volunteer chapter members and people like you who are committed to progressive values can make a difference in the upcoming election. Learn more about the issues, talk to others and most importantly, vote on Election Day!

We can all have a say in a better future for New Brunswick.

In solidarity,

Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians

The EOS Board of Directors has written an open letter to the Government of New Brunswick urging more climate action and is seeking support from other environmental organizations and members of the public who would like to sign a pledge. Responding to a recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change and New Brunswick’s commitment to emission reductions, EOS Eco-Energy (EOS) is encouraged that the Government has adopted the document, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan”. This plan was created by and for New Brunswickers. However, the EOS Board of Directors strongly recommends that a goal-oriented timeline accompany the plan to track progress of those targets set out for 2030.  And, in order that the plan be fully implemented, it is necessary that the Government promptly support a fair price-on-carbon program.

EOS welcomes the public and other environmental groups to pledge support for requesting the Government of New Brunswick actively pursue the implementation of its plan, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan” by (1) prioritizing and creating a timeline for each action and by publicly reporting CO2 emissions reductions annually, starting with a report in 2020; and (2) by adopting a fair carbon pollution-pricing plan before 2020. Those who sign on also pledge to support a fair carbon pricing plan for New Brunswick residents, organizations, industry, and businesses.

You can download a copy of the letter and pledge form to help collect signatures at: https://eosecoenergy.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EOS-Climate-Change-Action-Letter-April-24th-FINAL.pdf. The deadline to drop off signatures to EOS is May 31st, 2019. Please send originals to the EOS office at 131D Main St., PO Box 6001, Sackville, NB E4L 1G6 or deliver to any of the EOS board of directors.

Do you know an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in land conservation in our province? Nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation are open until Monday, October 1, 2018.

Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include any individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • An individual or entity who has contributed in a sustained manner over a significant period of time;
  • An individual or entity who has contributed significantly in a relatively short amount of time;
  • A donor of funds or property;
  • A volunteer, steward and/or member of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick;
  • A corporate or community partner of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick;
  • An individual who contributed significantly in the past and should be recognized posthumously.

Click here to download the nomination form!

 

For more information, visit: www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/blog/2018-lg-award-nominations or contact Danielle Andrus, Communications Manager, at danielle.andrus@ntnb.org or (506) 457-2398.

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