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Sample Letter to Provinces - Climate First on August First

Dear Provincial MPP (MLA) Minister of Energy and Resources, Premier, Minister of the Environment; Provincial or local utility;

On our civic holiday (use name, or if you don’t have one just skip) I write to you, to ask you work with me toward real climate leadership in Canada.

The science is in. The facts are plain. All over the world we must make the transformation to renewable energy as quickly as possible. We have to change from a reliance on fossil fuels as the foundation of our economy to renewable energy.

Sample Letter to MP - July 1st -- Canada Day

Dear MP

It is Canada Day and I write to you, my Member of Parliament, to ask you to work with me toward real climate leadership in Canada.

The science is in. The facts are plain. All over the world we must make the transformation to renewable energy as quickly as possible. We have to change from a reliance on fossil fuels as the foundation of our economy to renewable energy.

Momentum is building

The ClimateFast team is working full out to prepare for the fast. It is only a few weeks away and there is lots to do.

Sharon's story

My name is Sharon Howarth and I have two young adult daughters.  For the first time in my life, I fasted for nearly 7 days. I can’t believe I did that.

Being with a group of dedicated, courageous neighbours, working on the critical issue of climate change and asking our government for a solution, gave me the focus and strength I needed to see the fast through.

Toronto climate justice activists call for a Canadian Renewable Energy Plan

Listen to an interview with climate justice activist Angela Orellana Schwalm followed by a group discussion at the solidarity vigil held Tuesday in Toronto.

They were joined on the telephone by Lyn Adamson, who along with other climate justice activists has been fasting in Ottawa on Parliament Hill since Sept. 21st, International Day of Peace.

Wrapup: politicians who signed on, future actions and lots of thanks

Dear friends,

It is time to wrap up our Fast and Vigil on Parliament Hill and head home. We have all started eating again. After a fast, it’s good to take it easy and let your digestive system re-adjust. It is a time to appreciate the privilege of having food easily available, and having a choice in what we eat.

We have accomplished a great deal in our time in Ottawa, with your active support from all across the country. The MPs are hearing us. And we need to continue.

Court tosses fines against environmentalists

[Graham] Saul suggested that the case would continue to inspire other action, including an ongoing hunger strike against the federal government’s climate change policies that is now being waged by a group that includes three environmentalists who were among the 13 to see their fines overturned.

More MPs pledge their support

Alex Atamanenko and Nicole Turmel have recently signed the pledge board.

Peter Julian pledged his support online.

Donate to Hungry for Climate Change

We have added a page where you can donate via PayPal.

Please consider donating a few dollars or more to help us continue with this vital work. We cannot issue a tax receipt at this time however we will be very, very grateful. If you wish to get our mailing list please email climatefast@climatefast.ca.

THANK YOU!

More remarks

"I care deeply about climate change. If I didn't I would not pledge to fast on Sunday September 30th since fasting is the hardest thing on earth for me to do. I know because I've fasted previously after being arrested for ""incomoding"" (or blocking) the gates to the White House because of the USA's saturation bombing of civilians in Cambodia. Perhaps, now that I'm 69 and no longer menstruating I will manage fasting better. But then I recall so well becoming dizzy and weak and trying to still work. . . .

Sept 26 article by Karl Nerenberg in Rabble.ca

This government's dead set against putting a price on carbon, or taking any other serious measures to combat climate change -- and damn the torpedoes and all those folks in poor countries! And that is why a dedicated group of Canadians are holding a fast and vigil for climate justice on Parliament Hill. The group's main demands are that we eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon and develop a plan to emphasize conservation and renewable energy. As of Tuesday afternoon, they were doing brisk business gathering signatures on their petition at Parliament's main gate.

A mini-poem

Water - swirls that glisten, glisten, glisten, wisdom in the deep, laughter on the shores, listen, listen, listen.

Sylvia

Second half of our fast and vigil, numbers are growing

NDP PLEDGES SUPPORT, MAUDE BARLOW SIGNS

Dear friends,

Request for Emergency debate refused by Speaker

After Question Period and Petitions came Private Members' Business. (September 26)

MP Megan Leslie and MP Dennis Bevington requested an Emergency Debate on the unprecedented melting of Arctic summer ice.  It was refused. That day much discussion turned around when exactly human life begins, (Motion 312) as MPs prepared for a vote on it the same evening. However, as I see it, later in the day when the House was all but empty, Megan Leslie and Dennis Bevington bring to mind questions as to when human life ends.

Letter to Olivia Chow

Letter I wrote to my MP:

It takes a few minutes, please everyone, ask your MP to take some positive action on climate change.

Hi Olivia,

Day 7 of our Fast and Vigil for Climate Justice/Leadership - It was good to see you in the House of Commons yesterday enjoying your work in Ottawa, and thank you for tweeting on us - ClimateFast -  and I write to you, my MP, to ask a few simple things:

Ms Megan Leslie's letter to the Speaker of the House

Here is the letter which Megan Leslie sent the Speaker of the House prior to the speech she tabled on September 26 after Question Period and the presentation of petitions:

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I am writing to you to give notice under Standing Order 52(2) that I will be seeking leave on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to propose an emergency debate on the dramatic loss of ice in the Arctic this summer, which reached the lowest levels recorded in recent history, a level significantly below the previous recent low recorded in 2007.

Day 5 on the fast for climate justice

Wow, what an exciting day!  We had visits from Elizabeth May of the Green Party who is joining us in  the Fast for five days.  Along with her came media, CBC and Global so this story may just make the national news tonight, so please listen.

Are we borrowing the planet from future generations?

I do not believe that we are only borrowing this planet from our children.  Instead, I believe that we have actually stolen this planet from them, and that we must inspire our children to fight and take it back.”
Jane Goodall