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Wed, 06/09/2021 - 20:26

We have an exciting line up of speakers including:

0:00:03 - Tzeporah Berman, International Campaign for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
0:16:24 - Seble Samuel, International Campaign for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
0:22:37 - Sabaa Khan, Director of Climate Solutions at the David Suzuki Foundation
0:28:50 - Catherine Abreu, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada
0:37:26 - Julia Levin, Climate and Energy Program Manager with Environmental Defence
0:49:27 - Chloe Tse - Fridays For Future - Toronto
0:51:46 - A Musical Performance by Moscow Apartment!
0:57:07 - Steve Shallhorn, Executive Director of The Labour Education Centre (and Former Executive Director of Greenpeace in Japan and Former Campaign Director of the Greenpeace Canada)
1:05:03 - Dr. Antonia Sappong, Member of CAPE
1:10:49 - Christine Boyle, Vancouver City Councillor
1:16:58 - Michael Layton, Toronto City Councillor
1:21:02 - Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair of ClimateFast

We are operating on a short timeline. Our aim is to have Toronto council endorse the treaty at the July council meeting (Mike Layton will be introducing a motion). In addition to an endorsement, the motion will ask city council to write a letter to PM Trudeau asking the Canadian government to endorse the treaty and support its passage at the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in November 2021.

Here is some more about the treaty:

Just as fifty years ago the world successfully negotiated a treaty to defuse the threats posed by the uncontrolled spread of nuclear weapons* the world today needs a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to address the threat posed by fossil fuels. The Paris Agreement makes no mention of fossil fuels, the words oil gas and coal do not appear, so we need a clear statement of understanding that fossil fuels must go.

This Treaty is a big, bold idea calling for unprecedented international cooperation in 3 main areas:

- Non-Proliferation – ending all new exploration and production of fossil fuels
- Global Disarmament – phasing-out existing stockpiles in line with the 1.5ºC Paris goals
- A Peaceful Transition – fast-tracking a just transition for every worker, community and country