Our Blog | April 2010

People's Agreement on Climate Change

by: Heather on 04/29/2010
Posted in: Climate Change

The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on April 19-22, 2010. More than 35,000 delegates from social movements and organizations from 140 countries participated. This international conference of grassroots climate groups was held to marshall support for the world's indigenous people and the rights of the planet.

At the conference, a People's Agreement was proposed and adopted. It's long, but well worth your time. As you read it, try and imagine what it would have taken for our leaders to agree on a declaration like this in Copenhagen, instead of the so-called "Copenhagen Accord".

Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.

If global warming increases by more than 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the "Copenhagen Accord" could lead to, there is a 50% probability that the damages caused to our Mother Earth will be completely irreversible. Between 20% and 30% of species would be in danger of disappearing. Large extensions of forest would be affected, droughts and floods would affect different regions of the planet, deserts would expand, and the melting of the polar ice caps and the glaciers in the Andes and Himalayas would worsen. Many island states would disappear, and Africa would suffer an increase in temperature of more than 3 degrees Celsius. Likewise, the production of food would diminish in the world, causing catastrophic impact on the survival of inhabitants from vast regions in the planet, and the number of people in the world suffering from hunger would increase dramatically, a figure that already exceeds 1.02 billion people.The corporations and governments of the so-called "developed" countries, in complicity with a segment of the scientific community, have led us to discuss climate change as a problem limited to the rise in temperature without questioning the cause, which is the capitalist system.

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A Budding Reviewer on From Container to Kitchen

by: Heather on 04/26/2010
Posted in: Reviews

New Society's books have been reviewed in many places. We've seen and heard our books talked about in print, online, on the radio, on television, and even once on an airport video screen. The people that review our books are as varied as the books we publish. The following video review of From Container to Kitchen is unique however, in that Grace …

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The Get Out Migration is Underway

by: EJ on 04/23/2010
Posted in: Activism

The Get Out Migration, a people's movement to protect the fish that built BC - wild salmon, started yesterday in the fishing village of Sointula, B.C.

After 20 years of expressing concern to governments that won't listen and that have shielded Norwegian salmon farms from the laws of Canada, the public of British Columbia is taking to the streets …

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Read Local, Buy Local - New Society Authors Featured in Earth Day Author Series!

by: Heather on 04/22/2010
Posted in: Author Events

Chapters Indigo Books & Music has partnered with three BC organizations -- the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the BC Association of Magazine Publishers and the Sierra Club BC -- to present "Read Local, Buy Local," a new event series that encourages readers to think locally when purchasing reading material, just as they do when selecting …

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Earth Day Tomorrow!

by: EJ on 04/21/2010
Posted in: Activism

April 22nd, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, is being celebrated by environmental organizations around the world. After perusing the many e-mail notices and calls to action that have been flowing in, I have decided to blog just my favourite - the Climate Action Network Canada, At the Table Dinners.

The Climate Action Network Canada is working …

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