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CCIC's Key Messages for the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, December 2009

CCIC has developed a series of briefing notes on environmental justice and climate change that highlight priorities for Copenhagen 2009.  The briefing notes call for equity and justice to be at the heart of a legally-binding agreement at the upcoming Climate Summit, and identify other policy reforms that are key for a comprehensive Canadian agenda to address environmental justice and climate change.

Environmental Justice briefing papers now available.
Three discussion papers were prepared as backgrounders for the "Reclaiming the Commons - Promoting a North/South Agenda for Environmental Justice" policy roundtable that was held in Ottawa on January 14, 2009. They focus on environmental issues which currently intersect with CCIC policy work. (January 14, 2009)

  • Brief 1 – Private, Public and the Planet: Global Economic Justice and the Environment
  • Brief 2 – Financing for Climate Change Adaptation 
  • Brief 3 – Fragile Environment, Fragile State: The Challenge of Violent Conflict and Climate Change.
Reclaiming the Commons.
The "Reclaiming the Commons - Promoting a North/South Agenda for Environmental Justice" policy roundtable was held in Ottawa on January 14, 2009. It was an opportunity to better understand Southern perspectives on environmental justice, to share work and perspectives on this theme, and call to action for the sector to begin building a North/South policy agenda for environmental justice. (learn more). (November 18, 2008)

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought for 2008 - Final Forum Report.
In June, to mark the 2008 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, a special forum on small scale agriculture and adaptation to climate change in Africa brought to Ottawa representatives from Canadian civil society organizations, CIDA and other government departments, and national and international institutions. (report) (September 10, 2008) (PDF 126 Kb)

Letter to the Prime Minister on Greenhouse Gas Targets.
The Canadian government’s position on climate change during the G8 summit in Japan was disappointing. In a recent letter to the Prime Minister, Canadian development and environment organizations urged Canada to commit to adequate targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. (letter) (June 16, 2008) (PDF 91 Kb)


Taking the Heat:
African Farmers and Climate Change

What is the human face of climate change in Africa? How are small scale farmers adapting to changes in the climate? What solutions can Africans offer? How might Canadians learn from and assist these communities? The "Taking the Heat" videos address these questions.

The videos come out of a series of events with Southern partners, elected officials, policy-makers and the Canadian public. The "Taking the Heat" videos were produced by theCanadian Coalition for Climate Change and Development and the Canadian Food Security Policy Group.

Check out the videos.

Taking the Heat – Part 1


Taking the Heat – Part 2



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