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Fridays for Future Calgary Newsletter - April 5

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

Remember the Global Day of Action on March 19th? We sure do! For our local Calgary action, we hung a banner off Reconciliation Bridge to remind passerby of the role that fossil fuels play in climate change and the need for a just transition for Alberta’s energy sector. You can find photos of them on our Instagram post.

One of our members also spoke at Climate Strike Canada’s live stream that evening, alongside activists from Edmonton Youth for Climate and Grand Prairie Climate Strike about climate action and a just transition in Alberta. An edited recording will be released soon, but for now, you can find the full recording on Facebook.

Finally, you might have noticed that we didn’t send out a newsletter on March 22nd. For our activists’ mental health, we decided to take a two-week group break after the 19th, to give everyone time to rest up after the stress of organizing for the day of action.

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!

Twitter 101 Workshop with Steve Bentley - April 8th

On Thursday, April 8th, Steve Bentley of the Calgary Climate Hub will be hosting a Twitter workshop perfect for those who want to learn how to use social media for positive change.

Register Here

Climate Live Canada – April 24

Climate Live Canada is a group of youth climate activists and musicians that are a part of an international movement, planning concerts for the climate on April 24 and October 16, 2021. They are uniting the climate movement and the music scene to ramp up pressure on the Canadian government before the UN Climate Change Conference.
These concerts are being held to:

  • Engage a wider audience with our messaging by uniting the climate movement and the music scene!
  • Educate this audience on the impacts of the climate crisis on those at the frontlines!
  • Empower youth voices pressuring world leaders to take bold climate action in the lead up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties #COP26, happening in November 2021!
More information to come.

Latest Media & Blog Posts

Kelly is a Two-Spirit Elder and knowledge keeper from Kainai in Treaty 7. He has been houseless for over a month and needs help with living costs.
Kelly has been offered a place to live but now needs to cover damage deposit, first month's rent, internet service hookup and moving van costs. If you are able, please consider donating.
On March 19th, a group of youth hung a banner reading “Oil and Gas Doesn’t 💙 You Back” on Reconciliation Bridge, a statement emphasizing that our province’s dependency on fossil fuels is not sustainable and we must collectively work to move towards a better future for everyone.

Youth-led, grassroots climate groups from all across so-called “Canada” and the world participated in an international day of action to demand that politicians take immediate climate action and take appropriate action to mitigate and prevent the intensification of the climate crisis.
On March 17th, we asked you to send in photos of yourself with your favourite climate action sign, and you delivered! We demand that our elected officials act on their promises for a livable future. Alberta’s heavy reliance on the destructive oil and gas industry is holding our entire country back from the transition to renewable energy imperative to the strengthening of our economy and the assurance of a livable future for our youth. We must hold our governments accountable and no longer allow them to hide behind empty promises.
Big banks are funding climate change, most notably the big five (RBC, CIBC, TD, BMO and Scotiabank). In a world raw from the extensive effects of the ever-worsening climate crisis, the last thing we need is for the already problematic fossil fuel industry to keep growing. But that’s precisely what it’s doing – and Canada's biggest banks are fueling its expansion with your money! See what you can do to fight back.

News

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

This week the UCP Government released the proposed Alberta education curriculum. This document is a step in the wrong direction as it dismissive of Indigenous perspectives and is very Eurocentric. Despite the government’s remarks, experts say it is not based on research on how to teach young children.

Read More →

Banking on a Better Future Youth pledge

This week a group of grassroots youth organizers from across, so-called Canada, launched their Banking on a Better Future campaign! Divest Canada and Climate Strike Canada, who we regularly organize with, have come together to put pressure on the Canadian banks to end their financing of the climate crisis!

Canadian banks, RBC, TD, Scotia Bank, BMO, and CIBC, are among the top global funders of fossil fuels. Youth across Canada are pledging to keep their money away from the Big Five. As long as these banks keep funding the fossil fuel industry, they have no place in our lives and future.
Sign the Pledge

In signing this pledge, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous grassroots organizers who have been leading the charge against fossil fuel financing for years.

You can find more information on Climate Strike Canada’s Facebook post or their Instagram!

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.

If you’re 25 or older, we can also help you get in touch with other climate groups around the city!

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