Citizen Action Monitor

Hamilton climate activists plan 150 km Carbon Cycle for Sept 24 global day of action

No 262 Posted by fw, August 26, 2011

The latter [Hamilton 350 Committee] are the organizers of Saturday’s ride for food security around the aerotropolis, and a “Carbon Cycle” next month that will travel to the Nanticoke area to “oppose tar sands and coal”. The rural shore of Lake Erie hosts three major fossil fuel users – Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) coal-fired electricity producers, US Steel’s Lake Erie works, and an Exxon Mobil refinery responsible for a quarter of Ontario’s gasoline. The OPG facility is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions on the continent and a huge contributor to air pollution in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area – both reasons why the provincial government has promised to shut it down by 2014. Exxon Mobil is a major player in the Alberta tar sands, and widely identified as a major funder of organizations who claim climate change is not a problem.

The above passage is an excerpt from an article Taking action on climate change published yesterday by Hamilton’s CATCH (Citizens at City Hall) group. For all the details, read CATCH’s complete story here —

TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (August 25, 2011)

As hundreds of Americans get arrested opposing Canada’s tar sands, Hamilton climate activists are using bicycling to support a move away from fossil fuels. Actions planned here include a ride around the city’s controversial aerotropolis this coming Saturday and a 150 km “Carbon Cycle” next month as part of the September 24 global day of action on climate change.

Over the last few days more than 300 people have been arrested in peaceful civil disobedience at the White House in Washington in the largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement.

The jailed include author and 350.org organizer Bill McKibben and Yale dean Gus Speth, an environmental advisor to multiple US presidents and the founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Over 2000 people have now committed to getting arrested by the end of next week. Celebrity endorsements include Mark RuffaloMargot Kidder and Daryl Hannah, with the latter promising to join the jailed later this week.

The demonstrators are urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport Alberta tar sands bitumen over 2700 km to American gulf coast refineries. The world’s most famous climatologist, NASA’s Dr James Hansen, has stated that if the pipeline is built and the tar sands are fully developed, it is essentially “game over” for the planet.

Hansen is also the scientist who has calculated that the safe level of carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere is no higher than 350 parts per million, a number which has inspired McKibben’s 350.org and thousands of supporting groups around the world including the Hamilton 350 Committee for Real Action on Climate Change.

The latter are the organizers of Saturday’s ride for food security around the aerotropolis, and a “Carbon Cycle” next month that will travel to the Nanticoke area to “oppose tar sands and coal”. The rural shore of Lake Erie hosts three major fossil fuel users – Ontario Power Generation’s coal-fired electricity producers, US Steel’s Lake Erie works, and an Exxon Mobil refinery responsible for a quarter of Ontario’s gasoline.

The OPG facility is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions on the continent and a huge contributor to air pollution in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area – both reasons why the provincial government has promised to shut it down by 2014. Exxon Mobil is a major player in the Alberta tar sands, and widely identified as a major funder of organizations who claim climate change is not a problem.

The Nanticoke “Carbon Cycle” is a two-day affair – 75 km there on September 23 and another 75 km back the following day – with overnight camping in the Haldimand Conservation Area. Returning cyclists will be greeted at a Gore Park rally on the afternoon of September 24 that will cap a “car free” week of events including the September 18 Open Streets event on James Street North.

The aerotropolis ride is a 50 km loop starting at 8:30 am on Saturday from Westdale’s My Dog Joe Café. Organizers are promising “no difficult hills”.

CATCH (Citizens at City Hall) updates use transcripts and/or public documents to highlight information about Hamilton civic affairs that is not generally available in the mass media. Detailed reports of City Hall meetings can be reviewed at hamiltoncatch.org. You can receive all CATCH free updates by sending an email to http://hamiltoncatch.org/newsletter/?p=subscribe
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