Monthly Advocacy Check-Ins

With all the “calls to action,” events and petitions that are out there, things can get overwhelming sometimes. So we have started reaching out to supporters once a month with a single, achievable task that can help you make a difference. You can sign up for our mailing list to receive these advocacy check-ins here, and/or you can check this page monthly for updates!


Your Advocacy Check-In for April, 2022

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Earth Day, 2022: a great time to get more involved in climate activism!

Climate activism has been growing exponentially in the last few years.  Now is the time to keep the pressure on, and Earth Day is the perfect opportunity.

Here are some ways you can do more about climate change:

Join the CJS Organizers’ Group.  

We have a number of ongoing initiatives and new energy/ideas/skills are always welcome.  Email us if you’d like to get more involved.  At present, our sub-committees include:

  • From the Ground Up – plans and creates our radio show on CFCR that is also a podcast
  • Municipal Policy Working Group – formulates strategy to push for more action on climate justice issues at the municipal level 
  • Afghan Refugee Sponsorship Group – gathers funds and items to help settle and support the three Afghan climate activists (and one baby, a future activist!) we will be supporting when they arrive in Saskatoon later this year 
  • Internal Organizing Group – keeps an eye on CJS’s framework of values and its cooperative structure
  • Communications Committee – looks after social media, the all-important Branding, and messaging for our public events
  • Finance Working Group – holds the purse strings!
  • Fundraising Committee – fills the purse!

Join Another Group in Saskatoon.

Not in Saskatoon?  Here are some groups with national scope, that help connect people locally:


Your Advocacy Check-In for March, 2022

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Trade Show for a Just Transition, March 12

Our Day of Action for a Just Transition Panel Discussion will be taking place in person at St. Paul’s United Church (454 Egbert Ave, Saskatoon) between 1:30-3 pm. Come for the panel discussion, stay for coffee and donuts with our panelists! 

If you haven’t heard, we’ve got an exciting lineup prepared for you. We’ll be joined by: 

Don’t miss this important conversation on what the future of employment will look like with a just transition and how we can make it a reality. Help us kick start a new era of climate action in Saskatoon and beyond! 

RSVP here

A few things to note:

  • We’re asking you to please wear a mask and stay home if you’re not feeling well.
  • This event will be recorded.
  • St. Paul’s United Church is accessible for folks who use mobility aids.
  • Free parking is available, although we encourage you to carpool or take public transit if you can.

We’ll be one of 50 events happening across Canada tomorrow as part of 350.org and Council of Canadians’ Day of Action for a Just Transition. Together, we can achieve a big and bold just transition that leaves no workers or communities behind! 

This event is made possible with support from Vereco Smart Green HomesmiEnergy, and 350.org

Tag us on Twitter (@CJSaskatoon) and Instagram (@climatejusticeyxe) and use #JustTranstionAct on social media to share what’s happening.

If you have any questions, you can message us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

See you tomorrow!


Your Advocacy Check-In for February, 2022

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Trade Show for a Just Transition, March 12

Where will you be working in 10 years? What kind of employment will be available to today’s youth in 20 years?  What will happen to communities in 30 years, once coal, oil, and gas are phased out?  What about that person in your life who believes they don’t have any options outside of a job with oil & gas?  

CJS invites you and yours to attend our Trade Show for a Just Transition on March 12.  Part of 350.org‘s Day of Action for a Just Transition, this will be a chance to learn about good, green jobs in Saskatoon and how the Just Transition Act would bring these jobs to all who want them. The event will feature local green employers and organizations along with a panel discussion on what the future of employment will look like with a Just Transition and how we can make that a reality.

We need Parliament to pass bold legislation that accelerates the transition to 100% renewable energy while creating millions of good, green jobs so no workers or communities are left behind.

Not in Saskatoon?  Check out Day of Action for a Just Transition at 350.org, and find an event close to you.

We will be watching COVID-19 case numbers and any public health orders closely. This event may take on a different form if the organizers feel there will be no way to gather safely in person on March 12th. We are asking those who join us to please mask, please get vaccinated, and please stay home if you’re sick.


Your Advocacy Check-In for January, 2022
(Time Sensitive)

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Participate in the Federal Climate Consultation This Week

The federal government has initiated a public consultation process about its emissions reduction plan, but with a very short window of opportunity to participate.  The deadline for sending your views is this Friday, January 14

Fossil fuel lobby groups are mobilizing people online right now, so it’s all the more important that your voice be heard as well.

As LeadNow puts it, “If thousands of us pack the consultation with calls for an end to fossil fuel extraction and a just transition we can send a clear message:  the public expects bold climate action.”

Some of the questions ask the respondent to suggest economic strategies, or technological approaches.  If you don’t have expertise in these areas, don’t be put off.  It’s not a test!  What’s important is that your support for climate action is expressed.


Your Advocacy Check-In for December, 2021

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

The Sustainable Holidays

After so many of us missed our loved ones in 2020, this year we’re even more eager for the holidays to begin.  

At one time, the winter break may have been the season of spending and waste in pursuit of good cheer, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Our holiday spirits don’t have to be raised at a cost to the environment.  Here are a few tips and resources to help make your holidays more sustainable. 


Your Advocacy Check-In for November, 2021

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Tell Your Bank to Stop Funding Climate Chaos

Could your money be funding the fossil fuel industry and other practices that are harmful to the climate?  If you’re Canadian, there’s a good chance the answer is Yes.

The reality is that all five of Canada’s biggest banks are among the top 25 funders of fossil fuels in the world.     

That’s where the Climate Pledge Collective‘s BankSwitch project comes in.

The strategy is to have people contact their banks and say, “I’ll be moving my money elsewhere on April 22, 2022 — unless this bank decides to take climate change seriously and stops funding the fossil fuel industry.”  

Your voice provides ammunition for those within the banking community who want to see change.  It pressures banks to reconsider where they place your money.  And ultimately, it sets banks in competition with one another to satisfy those customers who care how their money is used.  As the Climate Pledge Collective puts it, “Could a bank’s policy announcement steal thousands of clients from their biggest competitors? That’s the type of argument that might just win over even the most cynical executives.”

The first round of BankSwitch participants have already started moving their money, showing the banks that this isn’t something they can ignore.  Join the next wave of pledges, and get them talking in the board room about how they need to change.

Already banking with a climate-responsible institution?  Great!  Keep them on the right track:  email them to say you care about their commitment and want them to continue to do better. 

“So what do I do?”

  • The Climate Pledge Collective provides background information, as well as letter templates to help you get started.
  • Want to know where your bank stands?  Look them up here.  
  • Like to have all the facts?  Take a look at this fascinating, detailed report from Banking on Climate Chaos.
  • Ready to look beyond the banks?  The Corporate Mapping Project’s Fossil-Power Top 50 Listing identifies “Emitters, Enablers and Legitimators” of the Canadian fossil fuel industry.
  • Seeing this issue from a younger perspective?  A coalition of youth-led climate organizations lays out an excellent case here, and it’s not too late to join them.

October Check-in

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month

Join our Climate March on November 12

Concerned community members and organizations will be rallying at Saskatoon City Hall on Friday Nov 12, 2021, 11:30am-1:00pm, in support of COP26.

What is COP26?  It’s the 26th annual United Nations Conference of Parties, held this year in Glasgow, Scotland, where almost every country on Earth will gather to address climate change.  Close to 200 nations signed onto the Paris Accord at COP21, and at this year’s conference we will hear about their plans to cut emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

The main hub of our rally will be in front of City Hall on 3rd Ave at 23rd, and the crowd will space out to surround City Hall on all four sides.  Feel free to bring signs that align with the rally’s goals, creative outfits, decorated bikes, etc.  But more importantly, bring a friend!  

We’ll have a video report from CJS and NFU (National Farmers’ Union) members attending the Conference, electric cars on display, and other creative activities.

Aligned with the COP26 goals, CJS’s main call to action is “Don’t leave us behind.”  We demand a just transition to sustainability:

  • speed up the switch to electric vehicles
  • encourage investment in renewables,
  • prepare for the impact of more variable weather (as this affects many aspects of life in Saskatchewan, including agriculture and infrastructure such as roads) 

Your safety matters!  Please mask, consider vaccination, and stay home if you’re sick.

We look forward to seeing you at City Hall on Friday November 12th at 11:30 am. Please dress for the weather and follow social media for any updates:  #yxeClimateMarch

Want to promote this event on your social media?  Email us for some free graphics! 


August Check-In

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month:

2021 Federal Election

It’s not just about electing the right candidate.  It’s about showing ALL the candidates that climate change is a critically important issue to more and more voters.  That they can’t hold on to power without taking real action, and quickly.  

Candidates are going to be reaching out to you in the coming weeks.  There will be calls, emails, debates, town halls and more.  And each candidate has a story to tell about how they are going to tackle climate change.  

Let’s make sure a story isn’t all they have to offer.  Take every opportunity to pressure your candidate for specific answers on what they and their party are going to do.  Below are some brief questions you could use. Details, and more questions, can be found on the CJS web site.

You can also show your non-partisan support by displaying an I VOTE CLIMATE lawn sign.  We have some to give away!  Just email us and arrange to pick one up.

QUESTIONS FOR LIBERAL CANDIDATES

  • Considering that Canada’s emissions have gone up, not down, in the last three years, why should we believe that would change if the Liberals are re-elected? 
  • What is your party’s 2030 emissions reduction target?  [*Note:  anything less than 60% is inadequate]
  • What will be the real-time accountability to ensure your party’s climate promises are kept before it’s too late?
  • How will you and your party enact climate policy that respects and honours Indigenous rights?
  • According to experts, we need to invest 2% of our GDP on climate action and 2% on social infrastructure to ensure no one is left behind. Are you prepared to spend what it takes?
  • Will this candidate be willing to put partisanship aside and vote with another party to support green policies, even if the Liberal Party opposes the measure?

QUESTIONS FOR CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES

  • How will Erin O’Toole be a strong leader on climate action when his own party recently voted down a proposal to recognize that climate change is real?  (March 2021policy convention)
  • What is your party’s 2030 emissions reduction target?  [*Note:  anything less than 60% is inadequate]
  • What will be the real-time accountability to ensure your party’s climate promises are kept before it’s too late?
  • The International Energy Agency says that we cannot do what is necessary to stabilise the climate if we continue to develop new fossil fuel resources.  Do you agree that all new fossil fuel development should be stopped?  
  • According to experts, we need to invest 2% of our GDP on climate action and 2% on social infrastructure to ensure no one is left behind. Are you prepared to spend what it takes?
  • Will this candidate be willing to put partisanship aside and vote with another party to support green policies, even if the Conservative Party opposes the measure?

QUESTIONS FOR NDP CANDIDATES

  • Why does Jagmeet Singh support the Coastal GasLink LNG Pipeline when Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose it?
  • What is your party’s 2030 emissions reduction target?  [*Note:  anything less than 60% is inadequate]
  • What will be the real-time accountability to ensure your party’s climate promises are kept before it’s too late?
  • How will you and your party enact climate policy that respects and honours Indigenous rights?
  • According to experts, we need to invest 2% of our GDP on climate action and 2% on social infrastructure to ensure no one is left behind. Are you prepared to spend what it takes?
  • Will this candidate be willing to put partisanship aside and vote with another party to support green policies, even if the NDP opposes the measure?

QUESTIONS FOR GREEN CANDIDATES

  • Given that this election may well represent the Green Party’s best chance ever of gaining public support and influencing policy, how long will it take the Party to settle its internal disputes and get on with its real business?
  • What is your party’s 2030 emissions reduction target?  [*Note:  anything less than 60% is inadequate]
  • What will be the real-time accountability to ensure your party’s climate promises are kept before it’s too late?
  • How do the Greens propose to enact their plan for 100% of electricity to be renewable by 2030 when electricity generation is in the jurisdiction of the provinces?
  • How will you and your party enact climate policy that respects and honours Indigenous rights?
  • Will this candidate be willing to put partisanship aside and vote with another party to support green policies, even if official party policy or the leader opposes the measure?

July Check-In

Here’s our suggestion for how you can participate this month:

Wildfires in Western Canada

We’ve all seen the news reports of the devastating wildfires across Western Canada, including the one that destroyed the town of Lytton, BC, and nearby Indigenous communities of the Lytton First Nation (a member of the Nlaka’pamux Tribal Council).

While we can hope that this disaster, which experts agree is linked to climate change, might be a turning point for stronger action, the reality is that the residents in this area need help now

Here are some resources if you’re able to pitch in:

June Check-In

Here’s one way you can participate this month:

Canada Day? 

It’s almost July 1.  With the recent uncovering of mass graves at Residential School sites in BC and Saskatchewan, and the inevitability of more to come, many of us are struggling with our feelings about Canada and what it stands for.
 
If you are having the same thoughts, here’s where you can find information about Indigenous-led July 1 events in your area. 

And you can…

May Check-In

Here’s one way you can participate in the climate movement this month:

With the warm weather finally here, it’s time to get out in the garden and help things grow.  Here are a few suggestions for how your garden can not only be beautiful, but also contribute to the fight against climate change.

  • Plant native species.  Native plants help maintain important pollinator connections and provide food sources for wildlife; non-native plants can outcompete these species for habitat and food.
  • Compost food and garden waste.  Composting reduces carbon and methane pollution, and provides nutrients for your garden.
  • Support the Bee Population.  Grow Bee Food (here’s another list), or even start a Bee Sanctuary!
  • Avoid chemicals.  Use only natural pesticides or herbicides, and put a sign in your garden to advertise the fact.
  • Don’t have space for a garden?  You can grow vegetables in pots on your balcony or window sill!
  • Look out for alternatives to peat and peat moss (sphagnum) for soil improvement.  Peatlands are a carbon sink, but when disturbed they become a carbon source.  One alternative is biochar.

April Check-In

Here’s one way you can participate in the climate movement this month:

The best available science, as set out in the IPCC special report of 2018, tells us that the world’s carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced by at least 45% by 2030 and brought to zero by mid-century.  As a driver of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, Saskatchewan has a particular responsibility – and a unique opportunity to have a major impact.  But the current government seems to have chosen to drive us in the opposite direction.

Saskatchewan’s government is supposed to be working for you.  Tell Premier Scott Moe and Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer – and your own MLA – that you expect better than this. 

Saskatchewan’s Provincial Budget

For a detailed analysis of the 2020/21 budget and its implications for climate action, CLICK HERE.

“I only have 5 minutes!  Just tell me what to say!”  CLICK HERE
“I have 10 minutes, and will add a few personalized comments about my specific concerns”  CLICK HERE
“I have 20 minutes and will write my own letter, just tell me where to send it!”  CLICK HERE

If these links don’t work for you, text for these emails is available HERE.

If you take this action, CJS would be grateful if you would share with us (climateactionsk@gmail.com) any responses you may get.

“What about last month’s Advocacy Check-in?  I missed it.”  

Not a problem!  It isn’t too late to tell the federal government you want Bill C-12 to do more for climate change. Scroll down for details.

March Check-In

Here’s one way you can participate in the climate movement this month:

Bill C12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

This legislation would require government to set multiple targets to reduce emissions – but there is no penalty for failing to meet those targets.  There is no assessment due for more than 10 years.  And no new targets have to be set before 2030.

The next 10 years are CRITICAL.  We can’t wait a decade to see how we’re doing.  We need interim targets, assessments, and penalties for non-adherence.

Make sure you are heard! Contact the PM, the Minister, and your MP.  Send a detailed letter or a brief note – both are effective.

Need help finding the words?

Email or call:

If you take this action, CJS would be grateful if you would share with us (climateactionsk@gmail.com) any responses you may get.

“What about last month’s Advocacy Check-in?  I missed it.”  

Not a problem!  It isn’t too late to tell Saskatoon’s City Council you want them to read A Good War by Seth Klein. Scroll down for details.

February check-in

TELL SASKATOON’S CITY COUNCIL TO GET INFORMED ABOUT CLIMATE ACTION!

“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” ― Naomi Klein

Seth Klein’s book A Good War:  Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency is a blueprint for Canada’s response to climate change.  Using the response to the challenges of World War II as a model, Klein outlines a bold, practical policy plan – and a remarkably hopeful message for how we can rise to the challenge. CJS has had a copy delivered to each Saskatoon councilor, as well as to Mayor Charlie Clark.  Call your Councillor and let them know that you expect them to read this book ASAP, so they can meet their responsibilities and make informed plans for Saskatoon’s future.

Call Mayor Charlie Clark:  306-975-3202
Click here for your Councillor’s contact info
Click here to write to all of City Council

If you take this action, CJS would be grateful if you would share with us (climateactionsk@gmail.com) any responses you may get.

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