Over the past several weeks, I participated in Council of Canadians chapter-organized public forums with the theme of 'What is to be done?'.
These talks offered thoughts on how activists can navigate the current political moment, specifically with respect to the climate crisis.
I spoke in Burlington/Halton Region (November 20), London (November 21), Hamilton (November 27), Guelph (November 28), Peterborough (December 5), Toronto (December 6) and Kamloops (December 8 via Zoom video conferencing).
Some of those presentations are now available in various formats online: London (rabble podcast), Guelph (Facebook video), Peterborough (Pints & Politics podcast), Toronto (Facebook video), and Kamloops (Vimeo video).
The talk was informed by my recent blogs on rabble.ca, specifically these ones which you can read for further analysis: Extinction Rebellion chapters proliferating across Canada; How do we support disruptive resistance?; The Paris Peace Forum underscores an epic clash of economic narratives; What is the 'Proud' movement and how could it influence the upcoming federal election?; and Trudeau's Big Oil-friendly decisions mean climate chaos.
Furthermore, these three rabble.ca blogs were directly inspired by comments from those who came out to the talks: Canadian political parties need to step up to stop climate breakdown; Yellow vest protests in France may be a warning to governments around the world; and Climate justice movements multiply as 2030 climate deadline looms.
The PowerPoint presentation (which evolved over the weeks) is available in its final form here.
Thank you to everyone who organized, participated in, and watched or listened to these talks! See you on the frontlines of this struggle!
And please keep reading rabble.ca!
Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer.
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