Climate change and energy

Standing in Supreme Court Climate Case sought by Friends of the Earth and National Association of Women and the Law

Standing in Supreme Court Climate Case sought by Friends of the Earth and National Association of Women and the Law

November 7, 2019 (Ottawa) – Late yesterday, Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) filed their Memorandum of Argument of the Proposed Intervenor in the Climate case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) by Ontario and Saskatchewan. This filing is an important step by […]

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Plastic pollution meets climate damage

When you’re talking to your candidate for the federal election, ask them what they’re doing to get to zero plastic waste. Every stage in the lifecycle of plastics is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – extracting and transporting fossil fuels as feedstock, refining, manufacturing of the plastic products, use of the plastic products and waste […]

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Supporting the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment

Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister Environment and Climate Change Canada Ottawa July 17, 2019 Dear Minister McKenna, With this letter, we the undersigned call on you and the Canadian government to support the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits developed countries like Canada from exporting their hazardous wastes to developing countries. The amendment is […]

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Oppose this unnecessary pipeline and demand real climate action

Oppose this unnecessary pipeline and demand real climate action

June 18, 2019 – Ottawa Friends of the Earth Canada regrets the federal government’s decision to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is inconsistent with Canada’s climate action goals. This pipeline threatens the welfare of future generations. “It’s clear this decision is about politics and the power of the oil industry not about what’s good […]

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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?

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy, Policy by on October 17, 2017
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?

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy, Media releases, Policy by on February 24, 2017
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 change 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 change 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 change 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 change 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

Filed in Climate change and energy by on March 10, 2016
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 change 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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