The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics

September 15, 2025, www.theguardian.com | “Every political class considers themselves inclusive, diverse, open-minded. But present ideas that stray outside the boundaries of sanctioned debate, imposed by power and a patrolling press, and watch how quickly they stoop to bullying. Consider the response to the Leap Manifesto, a declaration released this week by an unprecedented coalition of Canadian authors, artists, national leaders and activists in the midst of a federal election. It lays out a vision – bolder than anything on offer from political parties – to transition the country off fossil fuels while simultaneously improving the lives of most Canadians. Climate change is presented not just as an existential crisis but an opportunity – indeed, imperative – to make the political and economic system more just and fair.”

A PLAN THAT CAN SAVE THE EARTH !
The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics | Martin…
A powerful movement in Canada, animated by a compelling and positive vision for the climate and economy, can force the hand of whichever government comes to…
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First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

August 28, 2015, inhabitat.com | “One of Alberta’s biggest solar projects has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. The Lubicon Lake Band aboriginal community launched the Piitapan Solar Project, a 20.8kW renewable energy installation in Little Buffalo, Alberta. The inspiring 80-panel solar project was developed in a bid to create more green jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. ”

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An aboriginal community in Alberta has turned to solar in their fight against tar sands oil development.
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India Built The World’s First Solar-Powered Airport

August 26, 2015, valhallamovement.com | “The southern Indian city of Kochi is now the proud home of the world’s first solar-powered airport. On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)-India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of passenger traffic-commissioned a 12 mega watt (MW) solar power project. The airport already had a 1MW solar power plant, which can produce 4,000 units of electricity daily. With its new solar plant, the airport can now produce 60,000 units of electricity every day, which is more than enough to meet its daily requirement.”

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The southern Indian city of Kochi is now the proud home of the world’s first solar-powered airport. On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)-India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of passenger traffic-commissioned a 12…
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10 States Leading the Clean Tech Revolution

June 22, 2015, ecowatch.com | “What’s the state of clean technology in America? Think renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro power, etc.), adoption of electric vehicles, green building and many other factors. As shown by this new nation-wide index, some states are rising above the pack compared to others.”

STATUS REPORT: “11 states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with three of these states—Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas—exceeding 20 percent.”
Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, has released their annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index, ranking all 50 states for their clean tech efforts.
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The EPA just proposed a huge crackdown on carbon emissions from trucks

June 19, 2015, www.vox.com | “On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed sweeping new regulations to slash greenhouse-gas emissions from all new heavy trucks, buses, and vans. This is a major piece of President Obama’s broader plan to tackle global warming.  The rationale sounds simple enough: Even though trucks make up just 5 percent of vehicles on the road, they account for 20 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation (since they’re constantly in use). So… we should clean ’em up.”

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This is a major piece of President Obama’s broader plan to tackle global warming.
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7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities fight to stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast

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“All I have is my voice, my body and the truth I speak. I can’t do this alone.
We — 7 million Arctic Defenders, Greenpeace and First Nations communities — will stop Arctic drilling and defend our coast and our climate.”
— Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t), Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation & Greenpeace
Stand with me, as I face off against Shell and join the movement to save the Arctic.

“Facing such a massive machine from a tiny boat is terrifying, but I believe – and I bet you do too – that we all have a duty to do whatever we can to protect our sacred lands and waters. Shell may have money and massive machines, but the people united are more powerful.
Up until now Shell has tried to ignore the voices of millions of people around the world who have said yes to Arctic protection and no to Arctic drilling. But they won’t be able to for much longer, because instead of sitting idly by while Shell forces its way into the Arctic, regular people, like me, are saying enough is enough and creating an international spotlight on Shell’s drilling plans.

In April, six activists boarded and occupied Shell’s drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, for 7 days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
In May, hundreds of kayaktivists gathered in Seattle to protest Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet.
On Monday, Greenpeace USA activists bravely paddled their kayaks out to Shell’s monster rig and formed a human blockade in front of it preventing it from leaving the port of Seattle!
And today, just when Shell thought they had a clear path to the Arctic, with your help, we were ready, and waiting.

Today I’m accompanied by the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Pacific Ocean on the west coast but I am here on behalf 7 million of people calling for the renewable solutions that already exist.

Because of regular people, like you and I, we’ve made it impossible for Shell to sneak up to Arctic waters and drill quietly. The movement to save the Arctic has made Shell’s drilling plans front-page news.

But the reality is that Shell could start drilling as early as July 1st, we need to do everything that we can before then to stop this madness before it starts. Please keep standing with us this summer, as the movement grows. This won’t end today, together we can take on Big Oil!

nə́c̓aʔmat tə šxʷqʷeləwən ct
We are of one heart and mind

Audrey Siegl (sχɬemtəna:t)
Activist and Artist, Musqueam Nation

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Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Environmental and Social Damage

June 16, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “On the subject of GMOs Pope Francis states; ‘It is difficult to give an overall judgment on the development of genetically modified organisms (GMO), plant or animal, for medical purposes or in agriculture, since they can be very different and require different considerations.  Although we do not have definitive evidence about the damage that transgenic cereals could cause to humans, and in some regions their use has produced economic growth that has helped solve some problems, there are significant problems that should not be minimized.”

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Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document that was leaked Monday. He has also called for the financing of…
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France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Nurseries

June 14, 2015, www.ndtv.com | “French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”

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French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may…
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This ancient Egyptian practice can cheaply purify dirty water

June 13, 2015, www.sciencealert.com | “The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure exactly how they worked. Thanks to a new paper published in the journal Langmuir by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, part of the mystery has now been solved.”

Jin Maju

The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure…
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Logging Industry Lawsuit Demanding Aggressive Cutting Thrown Out By Federal Court

A BLM-managed forest in Oregon.June 12, 2015, earthjustice.org | “A logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was thrown out today by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling vacates a 2013 decision that would have forced the Bureau of Land Management to sell timber even when those sales would have harmed salmon and had detrimental impacts on water quality and recreation.”

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Yay!
VICTORY: Today, a logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was defeated. http://ejus.tc/1MwrKmb
If successful, this lawsuit would have allowed logging companies to cut down more 100 year-old forests, decreasing protections for clean water and wildlife on southwest Oregon public lands. The ancient forests of Oregon and all the people that live there can breathe a sigh of relief.
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