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Islamic leaders launch climate change declaration

[original source: The Press Association, London]

Islamic leaders from countries around the world have launched a declaration urging governments to deliver strong international action to tackle climate change.

The climate change declaration calls on wealthy and oil producing countries to phase out fossil fuels by 2050, and urges a switch to 100% renewable energy and help for vulnerable communities already suffering from rising global temperatures.

International Leaders Form Historic Partnership to Fight Climate Change

The following two press releases, from the offices of Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Governor Jerry Brown of California, each provide a comprehensive summary of this transnational nitiative by state and provincial leaders representing major industrial regions from 10 countries. [BC and Ontario are represented, but not Québec.]

1. Washington teams up with states and provinces worldwide committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80-95 percent

May 19, 2015 Summary

Letter to MPs re COP21

JustEarth has sent a letter to all MPs as follows:

We write with profound disappointment over the commitment made by the Government of Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pursuant to the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

We join the call made on Earth Day of many environmental and civil society organizations for:

Brief on Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper

Brief on Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper (also available in PDF)
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Consultation, Toronto, 24-25 February 2015
by JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice

We commend the Government of Ontario for its commitment to establish a vigorous climate change action plan for Ontario, including a price on carbon, on which we wish to focus our remarks at this time.

January 2015 letters for MPs re climate lobbying

An invitation to all GTA MPs went out recently proposing a meeting with them in their constituency offices, in January 2015, when the House of Commons is not sitting. Separate letters were drafted for each party; they can be fond here.

JustEarth supporters in other parts of Canada are encouraged to lobby their MPs; these letters may be helpful models for those orgnaizing such informal meetings. Links to all three letters are found below:

January climate change lobby: letter to Conservative MPs

Dear Member of Parliament

We are asking for an informal meeting with you, in January, when the House is not in session, in your constituency office.

The subject is climate change, the most urgent issue we face, and one now with a new opening, thanks to the new agreement reached by President Obama and the government of China. They have now taken the bold step of committing to serious reduction targets.

January climate change lobby: letter to Liberal MPs

Dear Member of Parliament

We are asking for an informal meeting with you, in January, when the House is not in session, in your constituency office.

The subject is climate change, the most urgent issue we face, and one now with a new opening, thanks to the new agreement reached by President Obama and the government of China. They have now taken the bold step of committing to serious reduction targets.

January climate change lobby: letter to NDP MPs

Dear Member of Parliament

We are asking for an informal meeting with you, in January, when the House is not in session, in your constituency office.

The subject is climate change, the most urgent issue we face, and one now with a new opening, thanks to the new agreement reached by President Obama and the government of China. They have now taken the bold step of committing to serious reduction targets.

Second letter to Premiers Wynne and Couillard, 13 Dec 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne and
Philippe Couillard, premier ministre December 13, 2014

Dear Premiers

A short while ago we complimented you on your stand on climate change, taken at the provincial premiers’ conference, and now we are wondering how you got it wrong so quickly.

Pipelines are to move oil (or bitumen), which is intended for combustion, when greenhouse gases are emitted, as they are also in great quantities in the extraction process.

To Premiers Wynne and Couillard, December 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON
M7A 1A1
premier@ontario.ca

Philippe Couillard, premier ministre
Edifice Honoré-Mercier, 3e étage
835 boul René-Lévesque Est
Québec QC
G1A 1B4

Dear Premiers

A short while ago we complimented you on your stand on climate change, taken at the provincial premiers’ conference, and now we are wondering how you got it wrong so quickly.

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