Atlantic Activist Newsletter

ATLANTIC ACTIVIST | September 9th, 2021
How to Get a Rubber Stamp Approval

How many times have you heard someone say, “There was nothing I could do. I was just following the rules”? 

If you think back on some of the great travesties of history, they didn’t happen because of one act or decision—or... Read More

ATLANTIC ACTIVIST | September 3rd, 2021
Size Matters

While we can’t say size always matters, in the case of buildings it really does. 

On Tuesday, September 7, Halifax and West Community Council will be hosting a virtual public hearing to discuss proposed amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land... Read More

ATLANTIC ACTIVIST | August 29, 2021
Is this some weird dream?
If you’re feeling off balance these days, or as though you’ve woken up in a dystopian future, you’re not alone. It’s normal not to feel okay after learning that we’re rapidly closing in on 1.5°C of warming and that the situation is about to get a lot worse unless we immediately put the brakes on greenhouse gas emissions. But don't despair. Read More

ATLANTIC ACTIVIST | August 12, 2021
We have more power than we think
By now, most of you have heard the news about the Special IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report that came out Monday (August 9); it’s been dubbed a “code red for humanity.” Tempting as it is to delve into the report's takeaways, I'd like to discuss how we might wrap our heads around its daunting prognosis for the planet, instead. Read More

You deserve more than broken climate promises
Last night, shortly before the midnight deadline, we submitted our 83-page report to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change as part of the public consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA) and the new Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth. ... Read More

3 Degrees & Counting
As things heat up—literally—from coast to coast, shattering high-temperature records day after day, one report by the National Observer’s Chris Hatch stood out to me. In his Carbon Zero e-newsletter, he wrote: “What’s truly ‘unfathomable’ for most is that this will be one of the coldest summers of the rest of our lives. Very possibly of all human lives. These are the cool old days.” ... Read More

Now you can paint a room with climate change—Seriously!
You probably think this is some kind of joke, right? Actually, it’s not. Home Depot now has a paint colour called climate change (S350–1). I’m not sure why they chose a cream colour for it, but that’s not the point... Read more


Here are a few new things we want to share with you as we go into the weekend
An Interfaith Coalition for Treaty Rights recently formed in the Maritimes in anticipation of the start of the Mi’kmaw moderate livelihood fishery. The coalition is made up of a group of concerned individuals and representatives of faith communities and social justice organizations... Read more



Finding Strength in the Brave Ones Who Have Gone Before Us 

As COVID-19 marches on in the Atlantic region, and around the world, so too does the climate crisis. The irony, of course, is that these two tragedies are very much interrelated. But we’ll save that for another day. 

Our Atlantic Chapter has some great stuff planned in the coming weeks....Read more

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Trouble in the Atlantic Bubble

One of the many things the pandemic has shown us is just how interconnected we are with people, not only in this region, but around the globe. A virus can easily spread from one hemisphere to another in a matter of hours. The consequences, as we know, can be tragic.

What’s less publicized is just how interconnected we are when it comes to the environment. Slowly, people are waking up to the reality of climate change, the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the extinction of many species. But for the most part, it’s still more of a footnote in the news rather than the main headline....Read more