By Jennifer Deol
As of Sunday, 4 million acres in the western US have been scorched by deadly wildfires of an unfathomable scale. These climate-fuelled blazes have created the world’s poorest levels of air quality in the Pacific Northwest, and blanketed communities across Canada.
The smoke-filled skies are a stark reminder that the climate emergency is at our doorstep. It is an emergency that compounds with a global health pandemic to force our communities into an unprecedented chokehold.
I, like so many across BC, woke up to a heavy blanket of smoke on Sunday hanging over my hometown of Kelowna, BC. With no immediate respite in sight, and another wave of smoke projected to cloud over us from the US over the coming days, I am reminded of the 2018 wildfire season. The sky was clouded with smoke for nearly three weeks that summer. …
Canada has committed to handing out $16 billion in public money to fossil fuel companies since the pandemic started. Here are 6 better ways to spend that money.
Blog by Jennifer Deol and Atiya Jaffar
A report released by Energy Policy Tracker this week revealed that, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has committed to handing out $16 billion in public money to fossil fuel companies. At a time when thousands across the country are struggling to make ends meet, it’s unacceptable for the government to pour billions into an industry that’s cooking the planet.
As governments around the world begin to lay out their ambitious recovery plans to address the unprecedented crises we are up against, Canada continues to drag its feet on investing in a Just Recovery that takes care of people and the planet. …
Blog by Jennifer Deol
As we watch people across North America rise up to confront racist police violence and white supremacy, we must grapple with Canada’s long history of state-sanctioned violence against Black and Indigenous people.
We, at 350 Canada, share the grief and outrage over the police-state violence that claimed the lives of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. Their lives were tragically cut short because of entrenched white supremacy in our society that over-polices, criminalizes, and systematically murders Black and Indigenous people.
We also acknowledge that the work of dismantling white supremacy is critical to building a climate movement that is rooted in justice. You can read more about the systemic impacts of white supremacy on Black communities in Canada in this interview with Desmond Cole. …