Why Environmentalists are Occupying Wall Street and Review of ‘Weibo’s War’

This week Terra Informa speaks with 350.org about the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. This movement began on September 17th, and is currently spreading across the nation as cities in Canada and the rest of the world chime in to speak up against “economic inequality and corporate influence”.

We also bring you a green screen review of Wiebo’s War, which is a documentary currently showing in cinemas across the country. This movie tells the story of Weibo Ludwig and his family who own property on top of one of the largest undeveloped natural gas fields in North America. The family has struggled against the gas industry over the past two decades to defend their home.

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Protestors at Occupy Wall Street. Mrwho00tm via Wikipedia.

 Occupy Wall Street began with a simple call to action issued by Adbusters, a Vancouver-based magazine, which stated “On September 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and Occupy Wall Street”. This movement is described as being a “people powered movement for democracy”. Since its inception, the movement has grown from hundreds to thousands of people camped out in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. On October 15th, cities across the nation will join in with their own ‘occupy movements’. Environmental organizers are among the many who have joined the movement. Terra Informa correspondent Kathryn Lennon spoke with Phil Aroneanu, co-founder of 350.org and author of an article titled “Why Environmentalists Should Occupy Wall Street“.

If your in Edmonton, Bill McKibben of 350.org will be speaking at the University of Alberta on Friday, October 21st, as part of Sustainability Awareness Week.

More on this story: Treehugger.com, Occupy Together, Naomi Klein

Wiebo’s War had its North American premier at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival and will begin showing in cinemas across Canada this week. But before you hit the box office, have a listen to Terra Informa’s green screen review by correspondent Rebekah Rooney.

Wiebo’s War theatrical engagements:

  • October 14: Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre
  • October 19: Winnipeg, Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque
  • October 21: Vancouver, Vancity Theatre
  • October 21: Calgary, Plaza Theatre
  • October 21: Edmonton, Metro Cinema
  • October 21: Toronto, The Royal

More on this story: Trailer, Producers, Book on Wiebo Ludwig

News Headlines:

Canadian Environmental Network Looses Funding: Last week Ottawa dealt a devastating blow to one of Canada’s oldest environmental groups by cutting off their funding in 2012. The Canadian Environmental Network is an umbrella organization which facilitates communication between the federal government and more than 600 environmental groups spanning the country.

More on this story: CBC, CTV News, The Telegram, RCEN

Drilling Halted After Second Spill at Offshore Rig: A second spill has occurred in Newfoundland at an offshore drilling rig.

More on this story: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, The Telegram

New Marine Conservation Area Planned for British Columbia: The federal and provincial governments in British Columbia have announced the boundaries for a new national marine conservation area which will cover approximately 1400 square kilometers. Plans for the area are hoped to be completed within the coming year.

More on this story: Vancouver Sun, News 1130, Market Watch


The Climate Change Accountability Act and International Day of Climate Action



International Day of Climate Action in Sydney

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Saturday October 24th was the International day of Climate Action, when over 4000 actions took place in over 170 countries around the world to urge political leaders to adopt binding emissions targets at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, set to take place this December in Copenhagen.  Right here in Edmonton, we had our own Climate Action.  Terra Informa correspondent Rebekah Rooney interviewed two of the Edmonton Organizers and reports about the Edmonton Event.

School children in Vilandai, India sit to spell out the words "350 Save Our World" in their school courtyard.

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Last month Edmonton opened a brand new waste management facility. It’s located on the edge of the city, right next to the old Clover Bar landfill. But the two operations don’t share much in common. In fact, the new building shows just how far the city has come in the way it deals with garbage. The facility separates waste into different streams for composting, recycling, and biofuels production. And if everything goes according to plan, it will allow the city to divert 90% of its garbage from landfills. Well, naturally, we just had to take a look! Here’s Garry the Garbage Guy showing Terra Informa’s Steve Andersen around the new facility.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Schoolchildren raise 350 signs high above the crowd during a massive 350 March and rally. Organizers estimate attendance at 15,000.

350.org photo stream for International Day of Climate Action

Bill C-311 or the Climate Change Accountability Act was originally tabled in October 2006 but due to falls of government the bill did not achieve royal assent despite reaching the Senate. On February 10, 2009 it was reintroduced as a Private Member’s Bill, renamed as Bill C-311. John Harvey interviews Linda Duncan, one of the bills loudest and most passionarte advocates.