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Fridays for Future Calgary Newsletter - February 22

Welcome to the Fridays For Future Calgary Newsletter! Our newsletter is sent bi-weekly and includes updates from our group, climate and environmental news and ways to take action! If you enjoy this newsletter, tell your friends and family to sign up too!

What We've Been Up To

The last few weeks have been filled with a lot of behind-the-scenes work for Fridays for Future Calgary. We’ve been hard at work brainstorming safe actions for the March 19th Day of Action, putting out social media posts, and we’ve endorsed multiple open letters.

Weekly Strikes Are Cancelled Until Further Notice

Due to the continuous rise in COVID-19 cases in Calgary, and the new restrictions put in place by the government, we will not be holding any in-person strikes until further notice. We will continue to keep our presence online strong, and we invite you to keep striking digitally with us! Stay tuned!

Global Day of Action: March 19th! 

Fridays for Future International has announced the next Global Day of Action to be on Friday, March 19th, 2021. We are currently figuring out the best way to effectively pressure our government while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. There will be online actions. More information to come. 

CPAWS Action Challenge

The Canadian Parks And Wilderness Society’s Southern Alberta Chapter will be hosting their action challenge again this year, despite the pandemic. You can enter until May 31st. This is a great opportunity to get youth involved, and to teach children about actions they can take to advocate for the environment!

Latest Media & Blog Posts

This almost year-long Covid-19 pandemic has exposed many structural inequalities in our economic, social, and healthcare systems. However, folks have both continued and started to organize systems to care for those who the governments have left behind. Mutual aid is solidarity, not charity, there is no one central organization controlling the distribution of resources, instead, it focuses on individuals building strong relationships with one another. For more information and to see some mutual aid projects to support in Calgary click here.
Those dismantling systems of oppression and fighting for climate justice will always have a special place in our hearts! We wrote some climate action related Valentines Day poems (inspiried from 350Canada and Climate Strike Canada) for some of our elected officials. Read them here.
Here's a re-post from Action Dignity that explains why Black History Month is important in Canada and not just the USA. Read it on our instagram.



 
Here's a re-post from Climate Strike Canada. The climate movement is a global movement and we stand in solidarity with all climate activists. We support and stand in solidarity with Disha Ravi and others who have been arrested! Disha does amazing work and fights for rights in marginalized communities. She, like many others around the world, understands, that there is no climate justice without social justice. 
We must speak up for those who do not have a voice, and we must listen to our fellow activists who are on the frontlines in communities most affected by the climate crisis.

News

Find out how climate change is affecting our world and what's being done about it.

Indigenous community members and hunters protest against the expansion of a mine in Nunavut. A protest organizer says: “We are thinking about our younger generations. We want a clean environment and healthy food."

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In May of 2020, the Kenney government announced the termination of a decades-old coal policy that banned open-pit coal mines in the Rockies and Foothills. However, after a wave of concern brought forward by environmentalists, First Nations, and other stakeholders, the provincial government announced last week that the policy will be reinstated.

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The first-ever completely online international report was made this week! Fourteen nations, including Canada, are leaders in the Ocean Panel, which states that each of the nations will sustainably manage 100% of their oceanic jurisdictions by 2025, and will designate 30% of those jurisdictions as marine protected areas by 2030.

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Sign the Petition to Free Disha Ravi

Twenty-two-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was unjustly arrested for sharing a toolkit about the Indian Farmers’ Protests. Sign the petition calling for her release. However, please keep in mind that the donations to change.org do not go towards the cause, but rather to the company. 

Endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Last week, Fridays for Future Calgary endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. This Treaty aims to bring together organizations, governments, and individuals to end the expansion of the industry that is destroying our planet.

Interested in joining Fridays for Future Calgary?

If you’re under 25 years of age and are interested in becoming more involved in intersectional climate activism in Calgary, we’d love to have you in our group! Depending on your interests, you can join our media committee, newsletter committee, or self-care committee! Message us on Instagram or send us an email and we can schedule a video call for you to meet a few members and get more familiar with what we do.

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