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.
It’s hard to look at another new stadium, and not feel some shame about the new Mosaic Stadium with its 4 drinking fountains. Let me guess, the urinals in Regina’s use water too?
How could our elected officials permit construction of a stadium in this decade and not have it generate a single kilowatt of electricity, or use a drop of grey water? It was an opportunity squandered by people who don’t care that we’re a people living well beyond our world’s means.
The good news? We have a municipal recycling service, and it appears to be used to some degree at the new stadium.
I took a call from Wascana’s CEO who explained their position on spending $193000 to expand the parking lot[PDF] at Candy Cane Park. Their view is more cars that already park illegally on the street will use it, and as a result kids will be safer because they won’t run out between illegally street-parked cars, presumably.
Can’t say that’s how it will work, I said “mark my words, there will still be spill-over onto the street, and more cars overall”. She had to concede at busy times, that’s how it will go. It’ll take more than my voice to end this #strandedasset project. Oh, it also increases runoff by replacing soil with pavement, reducing the water quality in Wascana Creek.
It’s 2017, and if we don’t limit air pollution quickly, our kids will have a rough go of things. Putting a dollar more into auto infrastructure before cycling and pedestrian infrastructure makes kids less safe, not more.
On the upside, Wascana is putting some trails through the arboretum near Wascana Rehab and Hillsdale St.
Also they will now consider manually clearing Broad St. Bridge which wasn’t being swept clear of snow like everything else the last two Winters. I explained that the City of Regina builds nothing for cyclists, so it’s really up to Wascana Centre to provide cycling infrastructure for Reginans.
Added two more important points: