Climate and energy

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

“Follow the money” is a catch phrase popularized by “All the President’s Men”. It was “Deep Throat’s” advice on how to unravel President Nixon’s web of corruption. It’s also good advice in understanding why 30 years of talking about climate change has resulted in so little action. Government and industry say good things while subsidizing […]

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Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Ottawa, February 24 – Friends of the Earth Canada is raising serious questions about the environmental implications of the proposed federal “Clean Fuel Standard”.  In a discussion paper the group released today, they identify significant gaps in the scientific knowledge needed before deciding to increase the amount of biofuel produced in Canada. “Greenhouse gas reductions […]

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Thank you for helping to stop climate change denial at the CPP

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 19, 2016
Thank you for helping to stop climate change denial at the CPP

We took a big step in a new direction in 2016 when we decided to redirect the Canada Pension Plan’s $300 billion fund away from climate change inducing investments. Winning this campaign could be the single most important advance in Canada’s fight against climate change. Your contribution can help make it happen. With your voice, […]

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Statement: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 10, 2016
Statement: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

Ottawa, December 9th, 2016 The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change announced today is an historic step in the fight to combat climate change. All Canadians should rejoice in finally coming together on the most critical issue of our time. Yes, the framework has flaws and fossil fuels will continue to dominate the […]

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Coal ash spill, Canada Pension Plan and you!

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on October 11, 2016
Coal ash spill, Canada Pension Plan and you!

On Wednesday, we told you that Duke Energy is an environmental and financial liability. Yesterday, one of Duke’s cooling damns breached. Isn’t it time that the Canada Pension Plan got our money out of the company? If you haven’t sent your letter to CEO & President Mark Machin yet, please do it now! We took […]

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Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Money Hidden in Tax Havens Can Power Half the World with 100% Renewable Energy

Time for G20 to act (Friends of the Earth International – Press Release, Amsterdam – 2 Sept. 2016)  Globally every year up to $600 billion dollars of government tax revenue is lost through tax avoidance alone 1. In a new report, launched today, Friends of the Earth International calculates that government revenue lost to tax […]

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Does the CPP math include climate risk we ask Canada’s Chief Actuary

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on July 12, 2016
Does the CPP math include climate risk we ask Canada’s Chief Actuary

  Did you know Canada has a Chief Actuary? We do and it’s his job to check the math of all the complicated financial schemes of the government. So, who better to make sure the Canada Pension Plan is protected from climate change risk? And, it turns out the Chief Actuary is doing a report […]

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A Fix for the Climate Polluting Canada Pension Plan

A Fix for the Climate Polluting Canada Pension Plan

June 1, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Canada’s largest public investor, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), with $278.9 billion in assets, to stop investing in climate polluting fossil fuels and bring its investment policies in line with Canada’s commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C of warming. Canadians […]

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Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

Don’t count on the Paris Agreement to stop climate change

(Ottawa, ON, April 22, 2016) Today, Prime Minister Trudeau and representatives of over 130 nations are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change bringing them one step closer to reducing emissions that cause climate change. Nations including Canada will then ratify the agreement in the coming months. Countries agree to limit the rise […]

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Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

Friends of the Earth Canada reaction to U.S. Canada joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership

(Ottawa, ON   March 10, 2016)   The U.S.-Canada joint statement contains some encouraging elements that can form the basis of bilateral action on climate change by the two countries. It is an important positive step forward but its spirit can be undermined by positions in on-going negotiations and the limited scale of global contributions needed from […]

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Paris Climate Agreement Signals End for Fossil Fuels: Not fast enough; not fair enough

Filed in Climate and energy by on December 14, 2015 0 Comments
Paris Climate Agreement Signals End for Fossil Fuels: Not fast enough; not fair enough

Yes, its historic. The Paris Agreement signals the use of fossil fuels must end. But, people and their communities will have to show leadership and take necessary action to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   Because developed countries have pushed through an agreement that is not fast enough nor fair enough. The much-publicized reference to […]

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Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 13, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Considering the contents of the Paris Agreement triggers mixed emotions.  I’m glad, sad and mad all at the same time.  Glad that 195 countries could reach an agreement that signals the end of our use of fossil fuels and commits them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And, I’m glad that Canada has moved from obstruction […]

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Waiting for a miracle of political will

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on December 11, 2015 0 Comments
Waiting for a miracle of political will

Paris. Day 12. The final draft text was released at 9pm Thursday night and exhausted negotiators are discussing it today, Friday, with the goal of releasing a final text tomorrow. Twelve days and nights of complex negotiations have not strengthened the original text but weakened it. It started off ambitiously. World leaders came to Paris […]

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Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

Draft Climate Deal Fails to Deliver, Sparking Protests

MEDIA ADVISORY – NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, December 9, 2015) – After politicians tabled a  weak draft climate deal in Paris today, hundreds of protestors including Friends of the Earth International activists staged a loud protest inside the climate summit to expose the fact that politicians are failing to provide […]

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Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

Paris Climate Summit : Transparency Urgently Needed

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth International (PARIS, FRANCE, 7 December 2015) – Less than a week before the end of the Paris UN climate talks, Friends of the Earth International warned that civil society observers have been prevented from witnessing key parts of the negotiations, and demanded total transparency at the Summit. A chaotic first […]

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