The status quo had better watch its back. A new generation of activists is getting ready to make some big changes, and thanks to Ottawa's 10th annual Youth Action Gathering (YAG), they'll have the skills to do it.
From July 12 to 16, the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) will host a very unique summer camp for 20 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 at the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre. YAGs are also being held in Halifax and Victoria.
By Joanne Chianello , The Ottawa Citizen March 13, 2010
OTTAWA — Almost one year ago to the day today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities resolved to, in their own words, “phase out the sale and purchase of bottled water at their own facilities where appropriate and where potable water is available.”
In order to promote regional and student awareness of climate change, Vancouver Island University (VIU) professors are participating in a 12 day long teach-in, reports the Nanaimo Bulletin. The theme of the teach-in is 'Climate Justice." The theme aims to promote discussion on how the people that stand to be affected most by climate change are also largely the people that have done the least to contribute to the problem in the first place.
A group of activists are getting ready to cycle 1,000 kilometres from the Fort McMurray area in northern Alberta to Calgary to draw attention to their environmental concerns about the province's oilsands. The trek, which begins later this week, is organized by the Sierra Youth Coalition and is the second in what the group hopes will be an annual event. Last year, cyclists travelled from southern Alberta to the oilsands area.
EDMONTON - Dr. John O'Connor will be returning to Fort Chipewyan to a hero's welcome Friday to deliver the keynote speech at a "Water is Boss" conference.O'Connor, the doctor who drew attention to health problems in the community downstream from the oilsands, is held in high esteem, said Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam."He is perceived as a good man," Adam said Tuesday on the eve of the five-day conference that kicks off with an elders and youth gathering. "His name will be legend."
Over 11 sweltering August days, Marya Folinsbee and six other environmental activists will challenge the biggest energy names in Alberta—think Syncrude, Suncor and Stelmach—with nothing more than their bicycles.Folinsbee is the trip coordinator for “Return to the Tar Sands,” a Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) project now in its second year that might be described as halfway between a Tour de l’Alberta and a regular, boring old protest rally.
I've got to hand it to the Sierra Youth Coalition for coming up with an innovative way to draw the public's attention to the issue of tar sands development spoiling Alberta rivers. The coalition, which calls itself the largest youth environmental organization in Canada, was until recently trying to sell a bottle of Athabasca River water on eBay. Proceeds from the sale were to go towards a nation-wide campaign to raise awareness of the ecological and social impacts of tar sands development in high schools and universities.