Defend Our Climate Featured: “Brand stories we love”

A big thank you to Susan McLennan (ReImagine PR) for this wonderful feature of Defend Our Climate!



We’ve wanted to believe big corporations when they’ve make claims about being good stewards of the environment.

Because it seemed plausible. Because their ads are warm and fuzzy. Because it was just easier.

We left it to them to self regulate. But it hasn’t gone so well.

97 per cent of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and related to human activity. How and by whom climate change deniers are funded is worth looking at.

We have already passed thepoint of no return for West Antarctica. Here’s what that may look like.

And the UN warns that we are falling short on measures that were supposed to keep us from going over the cliff.

Defend our Climate is a group that brings together about 100 grass roots organizations including First Nations groups and NGOs like and Greenpeace.

They are fighting for a liveable planet.

Why we love them:

    • they live their values even though it would be so much easier to go about their lives and pretend this wasn’t happening.
    • they’ve not only held their own against massive corporations with bottomless pockets and influence, they have turned public opinion towards the science and against the corporate spin.
    • Because they might just be the best chance we have to leave a world, any world let alone a better one, to future generations.

The work by Defending Our Climate has been so impressive, even those at big oil companies are saying they need to take a page from its playbook. Doable? Sure, as long as they haven’t squandered the public’s good will over badly handled oil spills and…oh…never mind.

We owe the organizers, including Jamie Biggar (, Jason Mogus (Communicopia), and Ben West (ForestEthics) a big thank you. Because knowing something had to be done, they have stepped up and mobilized thousands upon thousands of people to Defend Our Climate and communities.

People power trumps pipelines: share the story!


On May 10, thousands of people joined together from coast to coast to demand climate solutions and an end to dirty energy projects. Some came out on stilts and with large banners. Some came with their pets, and the littlest protesters of their families. All brought amazing enthusiasm!

We are so moved by the diverse actions that took place across so many communities. Here is the story of the day, told through media gathered from the streets!

Momentum is on our side. You can help continue building the movement to #defendourclimate and communities by sharing the day’s stories.

Together we’ve shown that people power can trump pipelines!

This is how you shut down “the debate” around climate change

Just one day after the national May 10 #DefendOurClimate day of action, HBO comedian and host of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver, showed just how little debate there is around the reality of climate change.

On May 10, over 10,000 people from coast to coast to coast came together to build a stronger movement for climate and a safe, just and clean energy future for Canada.

Check out this comical video and celebrate our shared work to address climate change. *Warning: the video may not be suitable for some viewers as it includes some inappropriate language*

The people ARE bigger than pipelines. Watch and see

Despite industry’s mad rush to build pipelines in every direction, or maybe because of it, Canadians (and Americans) are stepping up to say no, and demanding real climate action and a different future from our leaders.

Thousands rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver to say no (again) to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan.

Thousands rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver to say no (again) to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan.

Saturday’s day of action happened in almost 100 communities all across Canada, and was but one stop in many years of growing protests. Did you know in one week’s time, our American friends are organizing  their own day of action against dirty fuels?

Let’s look at how opposition has formed around the 5 major pipeline projects proposed to expand the tar sands to climate killing levels.

The people will stop Enbridge. Period.

Stephen Harper is set to decide on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline within a month, and we all know what he’s going to do.

But a united wall of opposition led by First Nations, backed by dozens of local governments, hundreds of large and small grassroots organizations, and masses of BC’s citizens will do whatever it takes to stop it in its tracks. There are at least 8 lawsuits currently filed to stop the project, many led by First Nations who have powerful treaty rights precedents on their side.

Saturday thousands rallied across BC and at major events in Vancouver and Victoria to say no, again, to Enbridge and its dirty little brother, Kinder-Morgan (more on him below). You’d think that after 5 years of rallies, BC citizens would be getting tired? Check these photos and guess again.

Keystone is dead in the water, for 2 years or more.

The "Cowboys and Indians Alliance" took over Washington DC last week.

The “Cowboys and Indians Alliance” took over the US capital in late April in a week long encampment on the Washington Mall.

It hasn’t fully sunk in yet up here, but word in insider circles in Washington DC is that Keystone is dead, for at least a year, probably two, and very likely forever.

The impact of this win just can’t be under-stated!

Industry desperately needs these pipelines to be built, fast, in order to get their dirty product to market, and this is the biggest global black eye we have against the fossil fuel industry to date.

All the attention the US movement has been getting around it has solidified Canada and its tar sands as the global poster child not only for what happens when good countries get petro-state greedy, but why we need to leave extreme energy in the ground if we have any hope of saving our planet’s climate.

Despite the rushed approval, Line 9 opposition is alive and well

Line 9 was the first project where Harper’s new, anti-democratic laws drastically limiting public input into decision making around new pipelines was tested. The “public process” for this giant project lasted less than 3 months, and many, many affected individuals and groups were denied any inputs into the process.

This process is now under attack in two separate lawsuits in Ontario and BC, and communities across Ontario and Quebec continue to organize and fight back against Line 9. What else would get 1,500 Torontonians out on the first warm day of spring? Or check out the events in nearly every community along the Line 9 route at our last day of action last November.

The Energy (b)east is riling up Quebecers


Energy East is a giant: bigger than Keystone, Enbridge, Kinder Morgan or Line 9. And TransCanada (a company whose brand has been irrevocably damaged in the US because of their arrogant behaviour on Keystone) is pushing it hard, as a “made in Canada” solution to the fact that no one else wants their pipelines anywhere else.

The problem is, like most others, it’s not for Canadian domestic use but will be largely an export pipeline, blowing holes through 90% of industry’s propoganda about the supposed benefits for local communities. And people in Quebec aren’t exactly warmed up to Harper’s climate denial (or Harper and Big Oil in general). Watch for continued opposition to heat up all across this pipeline route including in the Quebec government.

Kinder Morgan has more enemies than friends

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has come out swinging against Kinder-Morgan.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has come out swinging against Kinder-Morgan.

Rarely has a pipeline at such an early stage of its approval process garnered such a powerful opposition from not only directly affected people but local politicians, business leaders, First Nations and people from all across the region.

Many regional mayors, politicians from multiple parties, First Nations communities along the waterfront, and vocal elements of Vancouver’s strong creative business and tourism communities have spoken out strongly against this pipeline that would bring 7X more giant bitumen supertankers through Vancouver’s stunning inner harbour.

The leaders of this Enron-connected, Texas based pipeline company are trying desparately not to follow the path Enbridge did, but the truth is there is no way to minimize damage from these mega-projects. There are now at least two major court cases aiming to stop the pipeline’s approval process in its tracks.

Industry and its toadies in government are literally spending tens of millions of your dollars and theirs to create an impenetrable frame around the “inevitability” that we will exploit the tar sands, and these pipelines will be built.

But we the people are starting more and more to do a very non-Canadian thing: get educated, get organized, and fight back. We’ll see who wins in the end, but these days, my money is on us.

Thank you so much for being part of Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities!

On May 10, almost 100 communities came together across Canada to defend our climate and communities

We are totally blown away by the great photos, media coverage and stories that came in from nearly 100 actions across the country.

You’ve helped connect this movement and kick off a crucial year. People power made these rallies bigger, more diverse and more inspiring than we could have possibly imagined, and people power is going to create a safe, just and clean energy future for Canada.

For now, we need your help to ask as many people as possible to help build a movement that can defend our climate by shifting to a clean, local and just energy future. If you haven’t yet, please sign the Safe Climate and Communities pledge to stay in the loop for the next steps.

Thanks for all you do,

The Defend our Climate Coalition

Puppies protesting pipelines

Need we say more?

Need we say more?

This pup in Chicoutimi is in solidarity with belugas!

And this pup is taking a stand for a sustainable future