FOR OUR COMMON HOME - CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

October 17, 2015
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For Our Common Home
(Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Downtown Campus)

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Our way of life, based for the last two hundred years on extracting resources from the earth and burning fossil fuels for a market-based economy, has produced a polluted planet and climate change that is devastating and will become irreversible and catastrophic within a few decades. Our only way to save our common home is to come together to act in our common interest.

This is all the more urgent because the UN conference on climate change in Paris in December 2015 offers the last chance of world governments to take effective action against greenhouse gas emissions. People across the world have been engaged in resistance against the processes that produce climate change, and increasingly faith communities have been joining the chorus demanding governmental action. Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si,” is an inspiring document in this cry for radical change in the world, and calls for the united action of all people for climate justice. This conference will bring together progressive, aboriginal, environmental, and faith communities to explore what we must do for our common home.

This conference is dedicated to the Unist’ot’en Healing Camp in northern British Columbia that is defending the unceded territories of the Unsit’ot’en clan against bitumen carrying pipelines.

“Together we must make a collective effort to provide an outcome that will allow for our survival as humans. We need to decolonize and heal the planet because if we don’t, she will make us pay. That is why we are making a Healing Center on our lands. It will be a place for healing and decolonization.” Freda Huson, spokesperson for Unist’ot’en Healing Camp.

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Conference Schedule

(Room 1700)

9.30 Welcome by Audrey Siegl (Musqueam First Nation) and address by Mohammad Zaman

9. 45-11.15: Panel I:

  • Shashank Kela (Developing India in a Degrading Environment: Policy and Resistance Facing Climate Change)
  • Ambrose Williams, Gitxsan and Dene (Unist’ot’en Healing Camp)
  • Seth Klein (The Leap Manifesto)
  • Moderator: Harjap Grewal

11.15-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30-1.00 : Panel II:

(Room 1700)

  • Harun Rashid (Bangladesh Sea Level Rise)
  • Chandu Claver (The Filipino Native and Climate Change)
  • Steve Collis (A Manual for Struggles in End Times: Climate Justice During Climate Change)
  • Moderator: Anis Rahman

2.00-2.45: Workshop:

(Room 7000)

  • Brad Hornick: (Climate Science and Activism on the Road to Paris and beyond: A Discussion)

2.45-3.00: Solidarity Messages:

(Room 1700)

  • ILPS
  • Chetna and Village Surrey
  • Radical Desi
  • EIDC
  • Philippine Women Centre of BC
  • Canada-Philippine Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR)

3.00-4.30: Concluding Plenary:
(Room 1700)

  • Marjorie Cohen (Climate Change & Gender in Rich Countries)
  • Faith community: Fr. Robert Allore, Parish of St. Mark's, Vancouver (Our Common Mission, Our Common Future)
  • and Maged Senbel (The Delightful and the Dire in the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change.)
  • Moderator: Habiba Zaman.

The conference will raise funds for the Unist’ot’en Healing Camp.

It is organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD, http//www. sensed.org) and co-sponsored by: Institute for the Humanities, SFU; Labour Studies, SFU; Dept. of Sociology, Langara College; Council of Canadians; CCPA; ILPS; Chetna Association of Canada; Village Surrey Transition Initiative; Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC); Radical Desi Collective; NOII; Vancouver Climate Convergence; Philippine Women Centre of BC, Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR), SFPIRG, Progressive Inter-Cultural Services (PICS), and Vancity.

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This event will be held on Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),
and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.