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!

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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