While Extinction Rebellion is often painted as just a climate protest movement, we are demanding action on all forms of ecological damage — including damage to the waters that are the blood of our Living Planet. In the 1970s, a paper mill ruined the river that runs through Grassy Narrows by dumping mercury. The federal and provincial governments have refused to clean this mess up for decades and the people of that community have been living with the consequences. On June 20, Extinction Rebellion Toronto marched through Toronto in solidarity with the people of Grass Narrows and their demand for a clean environment for themselves and all living things. We thank the people of Grassy Narrows for their courage and perserverance in the face of so much injustice. Indigenous people have been defending our planet against predation for centuries.
To learn more about Grassy Narrows watch this video:
In advance of the Liberal’s Trans Mountain Expansion decision, we teamed up with Fridaysforfuture Climate Strike Toronto and visited Bill Morneau’s Office to make our position clear: NO NEW PIPELINES ANYWHERE. They wouldn’t let us in, so we lay down outside, sang together and then chalked our outlines to remind them of the harm they are doing to us, our planet and future generations. Follow Coast Protectors for more on pipeline resistance.
This was a pop-up event in response to a news item, but we quickly turned out about a dozen people.
Climate Change is Environmental Racism. It is being caused by the ongoing practices of corporate/colonial/extractivist forces in the Global North, but it’s worst impacts are already underway in the Global South.
On June 10, Extinction Rebellion Toronto teamed up with Faith Leaders to block one of the busiest intersections in Toronto for 15 minutes. While everyone else was settling in for the basketball game, we let the city know that we aren’t playing games. Rabbi Aviva Goldberg, Imam El-Farouk Khaki, Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, Councillor Mike Layton and two members of Extinction Rebellion spoke the truth in the pouring rain.