Here’s the last bit of raw video (I think) from last weekend’s Just Transition summit in Regina, SK. Activists and scientists gathered to share and learn about ways of fairly transitioning our province away from fossil fuels that are causing inter-generational harm.
I enjoyed these presentations, and you especially have to watch the concluding speech by Ella.
The adults spent most of the time driving/talking though, but it was worthwhile learning about more-fair ways to shut down the fossil fuel industry than waiting for the inevitable lay-offs after extended climate/water/soil/wildlife/people destruction.
Tonight was a night of firsts for City Council. It was the first time multiple teenagers presented delegations. It was the first time the Council got a standing ovation from the gallery for passing a motion. And it was the first time the Council made a commitment to make Regina 100% renewable by 2050.
What’s at stake? Less than half the world that is left.
It’s not right that Fougere will get to brag about passing a motion unanimously. He’s dragged his heels on the file for forever. He’s provided the obstacle to innovation.
But I’ll take his compliance now. We don’t have time left to argue about it.
Given his comments to the media after about having to implement the changes “sustainably” I take that to mean he wants to go as slowly as possible, only taking on projects that don’t increase taxes, and which don’t put the city into debt (which isn’t a
possibility under current provincial law so far as I understand).
At lunch, to entertain the crowd at the Just Transitions summit in Regina, musician and song writer Laura Stewart played her carbon tax song. It’s pretty catchy, and I hope the PM listens to it.
Here are some useful tweets about Just Transition away from fossil fuels, and the Regina summit on the subject. I have videos and photos on an earlier blog post too.
Check back later for more videos from the event.*****
The organizers will have edited content from it online at a later time.
Here are my videos and photos from the two day event.
The point was to find paths to implement a just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries in Saskatchewan, and what that means in our colonial and capitalist economy. Industries in the boom/bust cycle are infamous for shutting down within a day, and throwing the local economy into chaos, so just transitions is a solution to that problem, for a more fair transition to the renewable economy that can replace fossil fuels.
Wild and crazed judge, civil servants, and politicians chased protesters from a public park in Regina. The protesters were asking politicians to fix laws that have judges and civil servants stealing children from indigenous families, without cause.
Still no justice, but perhaps another day.