Quebec’s Climate Action Camp & Australia’s Legal Fight Against Whaling

This week on Terra Informa we talk to one of the organizers of the upcoming Climate Action Camp in Quebec. We investigate what the camps are, how they started and what they’re trying to achieve. Then we switch gears and go all the way to Australia to learn about the Australian Government’s effort to fight Japanese whaling through the UN International Court of Justice. And as always, we get the show started with a wrap up of the week’s environmental news headlines.

Quebec Climate Action Camp Poster

Weekly Environmental News Headlines

Alberta Oilsands

ERCB leniency with Imperial Oil

Criticism from the Pembina Institute

China

China closing down polluting factories (2)

World-wide climate change effects

Floods and mudslides on three continents, as drought hits Africa

Record temperatures

Effects on rice production

Oil spill update

Reports that leak is sealed (2)

Tropical storm halts drilling

Endangered species still at risk

Quebec Climate Action Camp

Climate Justice as a concept and as a movement is gaining traction around the world as people search for equitable and just solutions to climate change.

Climate Justice is a vision to dissolve and alleviate the unequal burdens created by climate change. As a form of environmental justice, climate justice is the fair treatment of all people and freedom from discrimination with the creation of policies and projects that address climate change and the systems that create climate change and perpetuate discrimination.

The current growth the Climate Justice movement is experiencing amongst environmental and social justice advocates has largely been spurred and sustained by the use of climate action camps as a tactic of mobilization. Right now Climate Justice Montreal is organizing a climate action camp in Quebec, adding Canada to a growing list of countries that are the site of this radical form of environmental mobilization. To provide us with some insight into the workings, purpose and perspectives of the Quebec Climate Action camp, Terra Informa correspondent Myles Curry spoke to Cameron Fenton—an organizer of this event—from the site of the camp in Dunham, Quebec.

Stop the Flow of Destruction: A Primer on Climate Justice and the 2010 Climate Action Camp

Australian Legal Action Against Whaling

There aren’t many issues that rouse the ire of animal lovers and conservationists more than whaling. The International Whaling Commission placed a ban on Commercial Whaling in 1986 in an effort to prevent the big species from becoming extinct, after decades of intensive industrial hunting by many countries. Today whale watching is a bigger industry than whaling, but a small handful of countries persist with the old practice. Japan, Norway and Iceland all have annual and controversial hunts. In particular, the Japanese hunt, conducted under the guise of ‘scientific whaling’, is stridently opposed by environmental groups and many governments. Years of negotiations have failed to convince Japan to stop, so the Australian Government is taking the issue a step further. It has launched legal action against Japan in the International Court of Justice. To find out some background to the case, and just how likely it is to succeed, our Terra Informa correspondent caught up with Australian Lawyer Clytie Shimmin, on a beach on the Pacific Coast of Australia. David Kaczan filed this report from Brisbane.

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