Fri Sep 20 to Fri Sep 27, 2019: A week of Climate Action globally and in Nova Scotia

9 Aerial Shots Of Canada’s Climate Marches That Are Absolutely Breathtaking (PHOTOS)
Lisa Belmonte on Sep 28, 2019

‘Let’s hope everyone hears us’: Students take climate strikes to the streets of N.S.
Emma Davie · CBC News, Sep 27, 2019


‘Would be nice to see the Premier and Government Ministers join the event on Sep. 27, and for them to encourage civil servants to do the same

The Big Day is Friday, Sep 27, 2019, but there are many other related events on other days.


Daily Events, Halifax Area

Valley Bus to Global Climate Strike in Halifax (Facebook Link)
Sep 27, 2019

Cobequid Climate Summit (Facebook Link)
Saturday at 1 PM – 4 PM
NSCC Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 1X5

Tatamagouche Community Water Walk(Facebook Link) Sep 21, 2019
Hannah Martin is organizing the first Water Walk to take place in Taqamiju’jk (Tatamagouche)! 🌊🐟💧 Come walk together in ceremony for the protection of our sacred water, in resistance of irresponsible resource extraction and to raise awareness of the proposed gold mine in Warwick Mountain!

Our Fragile Earth Musical Experiences & Gathering (Facebook Link)
Wolfville Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 11 PM

Bakesale in Support of the Alton gas Resistance (Facebook Link)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM Lobby of McCain Building, Dalhousie University

I will post other NS events as I become aware of them.

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Extinction Rebellion K’jipuktuk-Halifax

Extinction Rebellion Nova Scotia

Photo by Extinction Rebellion K’jipuktuk-Halifax

‘Would be nice to see  Premier McNeil, Government Ministers and others join the event on Sep. 27, and encourage civil servants to do the same.

We owe it to our youth, if not ourselves.

Some Related News & Links

SDM, Concordia, Dawson [Montreal] cancelling classes for Sept. 27 climate protest
CBC News · Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Toronto District School Board helps students walking out for climate change
Miriam Katawazi , CTV News Toronto, September 18, 2019

Face the Future
Zack Metcalfe in Halifax Magazine. “Greta Thunberg inspires youth to confront the “organized stupidity and stubbornness of climate-science deniers”

Global Climate Strike → Sep. 20–27
View this site to get a sense of what is going on globally. Interactive Map

Scientists to Join Teens in Global Climate Strike
EMMA YASINSKI Sep 19, 2019 in The Scientist. “All three researchers The Scientist interviewed agreed that it’s far past the time for scientists to stop worrying about being impartial when it comes to how science is interpreted and used to inform policy. “You have to be objective when you’re doing a scientific study,” says Read. “But that does not mean you can’t communicate what you think your science means and what should be done.” ”

Young people have led the climate strikes. Now we need adults to join us too
The Guardian ay 23, 2019 Thunberg and her fellow activists published a call to action in The Guardian in May, asking adults to participate. Holding off climate change “is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job,” the authors wrote.

United Nations Climate Action Summit 23 September 2019 New York
Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society. To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019 to meet the climate challenge.

I like to spend some time at this site at Nova Scotia’s Five Islands Provincial Park at least once a year. It is surely one of the most spectacular sites in Nova Scotia. It is also humbling.

The exposure records the Triassic/Jurassic boundary  (whitish layer) of 201 million years ago. It coincides with the 4th Mass Extinction Event of 5 major extinction events that occurred after the the Cambrian Radiation. The Triassic/Jurassic extinctions were associated with environmental impacts of a massive lava flow, recorded in the dark basalts above the whitish layer.

A skin of today’s forest lies on top, the intervening softer rocks scraped off by successive glaciations. Below the whitish layer are red Jurassic rocks, “the sediments swept by rivers and winds in the rift valley”.

The 5th Mass Extinction Event – the one that wiped out dinosaurs and facilitated the rise of mammals and finally humans – was associated with an asteroid hitting the Earth 65 million years ago.

The 6th Mass Extinction Event is now underway purely at the hands of man; how we manage our forests (and our own lives) could help to reduce the damage to species and ecosystems, or to make it worse.

“Currently, human activities are causing carbon dioxide levels to change more rapidly than volcanoes, asteroids, or anything else in Earth’s 4.5 billion year history.” – Putting it in perspective: Climate change yesterday and today (



[This site at Five Islands Provincial Park is] One of the most striking coastal vistas in Nova Scotia, and one of the best exposures of a monumental event in Earth history – the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea 200 million years ago, and birth of the modern continents and Atlantic Ocean. As Pangea ripped apart, the greatest outpouring of lava in Earth history gave rise to one of the Five (or Six) mass extinction events in the history of Life, wiping out the competitors of the dinosaurs and ushering in the true reign of the famous reptiles. The dark rocks are basalt – cooled lava – and the red rocks below are the sediments swept by rivers and winds in the rift valley.

I spent some moments on this sand bar with Mother Earth. It was a difficult conversation. I was born into a world that was far richer in biodiversity than the world of today. The human population was approx 2.3 billion; today it stands at  7.7 billion. Atmospheric CO2 was 310 ppm; in 2019 it is over 410 ppm  and increasing more than 3X as fast. There is serious concern that global forest fires are triggering an uncontrolled positive feedback loop (forest fires increase CO2, the planet gets warmer, and we have more fires, the permafrost melts and releases massive stores of carbon…). I don’t think we have 12 years to change direction. I look at the number of SUVs now in driveways, and I don’t think the adults in the population are about to change direction any time soon.

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