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NEWS Installment:

“The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling…their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.  Remember this: We be many and they be few.  They need us more than we need them.  Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”  Arundhati Roy

A critique of the economic and environmental value of electric cars

 First GM Plants Found in the Wild

This is the stuff of my nightmares: Genetically-modified (GM) plants escaping the confines of agriculture and invading the wild. We thought regular invasive species were bad? They seem tame compared to genetic contamination of the wild. Even more alarming: Some of the plants had a mix of modified genes, indicating that they are reproducing on their own.

announcement excerpt:

“… We are a group of Canadian cross-media activists and artists concerned about the erosion of democracy in our country. We refuse to let the mainstream media shape the story of the G8/G20. The site provides a political and artistic response to our mainstream media’s failure to report the real issues that motivated thousands of people to protest the G8/G20 Summits.

We curate citizen media: video, film, photography and editorial works by artists, activists, social justice organizations and independent media. Share your experience and join the growing conversation!”

EVENTS Installment:

Critical Mass Ride

Fri. Aug. 27, 6 p.m. (leave at 6:30) (and the last Fri. of every month)
Spadina and Bloor

All cyclists welcome to take to the streets en masse.

Planet in Focus presents Mixed Greens (Monthly Screening)

Pancevo: The Dead City – 27 min., Italy
The Golden Beach – 58 min., Sweden/India

Friday August 27th, 6:45 p.m.
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park
Pay-What-You-Can ($7.00 suggested)

More info and film descriptions:


Environment conference for Ontario youth 15 to 24 with workshops and a talk by Spirit Bear Youth Coalition founder Simon Jackson.

Sat. Aug. 28, 10 am-5 pm.


George Brown College, 200 King E


Sat. and Sun, Aug. 28/29
Music, family activities, cultural performances and more.
Yonge-Dundas Square


Sun. Aug. 29, noon – 10 p.m.

Kensington Market, College and Augusta

Enjoy the Kensington Community Air Show on the car-free streets of the market.

Fresh: the movie ~ A Community Screening

Mon. Aug. 30, 8
Sorauran Park

Come join your friends, neighbours & community for a movie night under the stars…
Following the weekly Sorauren farmers’ market, WEFC will be screening “FRESH the movie.”

FRESH: “celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system…forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.”

For more information: 
Please BYOB (Bring your own blanket)



43 minutes, 2001, directed by Glynis Whiting
Wed. September 1 at 7 PM

At the NFB (National Film Board), corner of John and Richmond


This documentary looks at the risks of a proposed sour gas well near Clearwater River, in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Farmers and landowners all share concerns. Residents opposed to the well fear a deadly hydrogen sulphide leak. Shell Canada says it must drill to meet energy needs. When mediation talks break down, both sides anxiously await a ruling from Alberta’s Energy and Utilities Board.

Green Screens partners films from the NFB with experts and panellists selected by the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy.

Main event website

Update Aug 23 2010: Dr Hansen’s NASA and personal site  on ES’s Climate Materials Researched to Date page


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3pm – 5pm, Public, science-focused presentation
George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, U of T, FREE!


10am – 12 noon, Private, student-run meeting with interested students at U of T
Location TBC

3pm – 5pm, Parliamentary meetings with MPPs, MPs, Queen’s Park

(6pm tabling) 7pm – 10pm, Main public talk…

Tabling & sign in from 6pm, book signings at 9:30pm TBC
MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Bldg (North), capacity: 800
80 Queen’s Park, University of Toronto


Organized by:

The Centre for Global Change Science

Science for Peace

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CAPP Toronto discussion on Canadian democracy in crisis with Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Mon. Aug. 16, 6:15-8:30 pm.
Koffler House, rm KP108, 569 Spadina

UPDATE: She was wonderful, as always. Talk title “Canadian Democracy in Crisis”–obviously, based on Losing Confidence. One could get 3 of her 7 books on the spot:

  • Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy (2009)
  • How to Save the World in Your Spare Time (2006)
  • with Zoë Caron, Global Warming for Dummies (2008)

Attn: Advocates for clean and sustainable transportation
Live presentation and webinar!
Wed. Aug 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
At Ecojustice, 30 St. Patrick St., Suite 900
The province is reviewing the Provincial Policy Statement, which deals with issues such as transportation planning. Find out how the review will work, how you can get involved, and how you might promote cleaner, more efficient transportation. Find out how you can influence road and highway planning in cities and towns across ON.
For more info or to register for the presentation or webinar, contact Nicole at or 416 368 7533 x 32
Presented by Ecojustice, SHIFT, and the Pembina Institute

The Ride For Renewables

On Tuesday, August 24th, Greenpeace Canada is organizing THE RIDE FOR RENEWABLES, a 45km bike trip from the Pickering Nuclear Station to the Darlington Nuclear Station.

THE RIDE RENEWABLES will send the message to Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals that when Pickering Nuclear Station shuts down, Ontarians demand a green energy replacement, not more reactors at the Darlington Station. No more dirty, dangerous, and expensive nukes; Ontario .

Find out more and register for the bus ride out to Pickering:!/event.php?eid=124793684233089

Or contact:

So you want to change the world?
At CSI, we’re in the business of supporting people who are working to change the world. Our members are helping to create the future and the world we all want, solving the problems of today with the solutions of tomorrow.

Most of the time people find us, but now we’re turning the tables around and hosting a search to find the Agents of Change of tomorrow!

To enter, simply enter your name and answer a couple of questions. You can either enter yourself or nominate your favourite social innovator.

Youth: Social innovators aged 19-29
Toronto: People working on innovative solutions to improve our city
Sector Blender: People working on solutions that cross sectors (e.g. education and health)

Find out more here:

Edits: Aug 16, 2010

Sun, Aug 15, 5:44 pmwow! 14 more within the past hour (@ 6:44 pm)

Happy to report that at age 4 months ES has passed the 1,000 clicks mark.

THANKU to ALL visitors & commentators, and looking forward to feedback in the future.

Lynne 🙂

Signing off with Jason Mraz’s sing-clap-dance-along-ey song I’m Yours–JUST in case someone out there missed it.

Acapella cover by Del featured in post …Planet Earth’s Anthem Anyone?

update July 8, 2012: ukulele version, with cute disclaimer of uploader

Youtube credit: Uploaded by on Oct 10, 2009

From Clean Air Alliance’s email list:

    Aug. 13 – 15, at Hart House, U of T. Three days of climate science and solutions — no sugar coating. With Bill McKibben, Andrew Weaver, Elizabeth May and more. Presented by U of T Greens and Toronto-Danforth Federal Green Party. It is a non-partisan event open to everyone. For more info and to register:

Re several among the 35 presenters announced:

The three keynote speakers mentioned above have been featured on ES’s “Researched CC-related Material” list, Print and Public Debates sections. They are people with a long track record in the CC discourse – Elizabeth May is the leader of the Canadian Greeen Party, lawyer by training. Andrew Weaver holds the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modeling and Analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, where he is a professor, and was also lead author in the IPCC-4 Report, Working Group I (scientists). Bill McKibben is likely the first author of a CC-related book targeting a larger audience – The End of Nature, 1990.

Another presenter featured on the ES blog is Jim Prall, who works for U of T’s Electrical & Computer Engineering department. He is the author of a database on climate scientists (see Websites section on the list above)

The youngest presenters–who caught my attention–have certainly earned a min of your time:

Gracen Johnson, an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, Ontario, is majoring in International Development with an emphasis on the biophysical environmental, economics, and agriculture, and has extensive experience in social and environmental advocacy and event planning.

Corina Serda started to learn about the global impacts of climate change at age 10 and is currently in the top 10 presenters trained by Al Gore. (note to self: research this public edu venue, esp. as conducted for/by Canadians). Implementing the rhetorics of her training, I’d imagine, a quote from her profile: “If each of [the 25,000 people she is reported to have reached were to]  implement only 1 of her suggestions and inspire 2 others to do the same, more than 75,000 green acts would have been achieved across Ontario”.

Kimia Ghomeshi has built quite a record of activism, starting in high school, subsequently continuing with international participation, including Bolivia, COP15 in Copenhagen… Please see for yourselves! She’s currently based in Toronto.

Andrew Knox is a PhD candidate in the University of Toronto’s Chemical Environmental Engineering program, focusing on domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy in the building sector. He is a member of Transition Canada and a founding member of Transition Toronto, and is working with other cities to adapt the Transition model to the megacity scale, with which he is also familiar from the UK.

A photo and a name for Dan Dolderman,… but we needn’t stop here, as far as Young Spirit is concerned, right? 🙂


August 2010


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