rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

'Don't COP out, Canada': United Nation's 20th climate change conference

"Don't COP out," Canada from the United Nation's 20th Conference of the Parties (COP)

The Deets:

Monday December 1, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Friends House (the Quaker House)

60 Lowther Avenue

Toronto, ON

The Call Out:

December 1 marks an important day: not only is it the countdown to winter holidays, it's also the first day of the United Nation's 20th "Conference of the Parties" or "COP", convening world leaders to address climate change. With high stakes and high expectations, several community groups have launched an event right here in Toronto to address the action called "Don't COP Out!", highlighting the critical importance of international negotiations on climate, and the role we think Canada should play.

Whether COPs are new or old news to you, now's your chance to learn more about them, Canada's role, and this unique moment in time with so much at stake. "Don't COP Out!" is an engaging, free public event to take place Monday, December 1st, 7 - 9 p.m., highlighting the public's role to play to ensure these negotiations are ambitious, fair, and that no country "cops out" of them. You're invited!

SPEAKERS:

"Don't COP Out" is being organized by Toronto350, Climate Action Network (CAN), West End Against Line 9 and ClimateFast. It will feature several engaging speakers to address the international negotiation process, clarify questions, and especially focus on Canada's role leading up to the "big COP" next year: COP21 in Paris. Confirmed speakers include:

Kai Reimer-Watts, Toronto 350
Margaret Rao, ClimateFast
John Humphrey, Toronto Steelworkers
...other speakers to be confirmed

Each group will highlight their own local campaigns and actions for you to get involved in, including Toronto350's new COP21 Campaign designed to pressure the Canadian government to increase climate ambition; ClimateFast's annual fast & political pledges for climate action on Parliament Hill; and CAN Canada's contingent of delegates attending & reporting back from COP20 this year.

BACKGROUND CONTEXT:

COP21 is a critical milestone for climate negotiations, as following decades of talks world leaders are expected to finally come together to reach a global climate agreement. This year's round of negotiations, expected to last nearly two weeks, is an important lead-up to COP21 by showcasing new national ambitions, and is being held in Lima, Peru. With the U.S. and China just recently reaching a bilateral agreement as the two highest emitting nations on earth, both ambition and pressure has been ramped up for others such as Canada to step up our game.

Come learn all about the progress being made (and not made) on climate action Dec 1st at 7pm, and what we can do to help. Come out to tell Canada & the world: "Don't COP Out!!!"

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.