The Polaris Institute, in collaboration with the Sierra Club of Canada presents:
Tar Sands Showdown: Campaign Training Workshop
Take Action Now: participate in the workshop in Hamilton and build the tools to collectively take on the Tar Sands!
Tar Sands Showdown is taking place in five Southwestern Ontario cities. Each workshop will illustrate how local Ontario communities are affected by the tar sands, and how Canada can move away from dirty oil and towards a green energy economy. The workshops will include a Friday evening information session and a day-long workshop on Saturday.
The Friday evening (6:30pm-9pm) will consist of a workshop and discussion about the tar sands, and how we're all affected in terms of our environment, our economy and our energy future.
Saturday (8:45pm-5:30pm) is focused on what we can collectively do to move away from the tar sands.
The Hamilton workshop will be facilitated by Joe Cressy of the Polaris Institute and Lindsay Telfer of the Sierra Club of Canada.
Admission is sliding scale: $5-$25. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
The Polaris Institute is committed to enabling social movements to work together for change in an age of corporate driven globalization. We are interested in creating a space where dialogue and collaboration is fostered as we work towards a just and sustainable future. Work with us and other activists as we educate and empower ourselves to resist the tar sands and start building a new energy economy for the future!
Please check www.tarsandswatch.org for other information on the workshops
Or contact Darren Puscas at [email protected] for further information
Workshop Objective and Strategies:
OBJECTIVE: The overall objective of these workshops is to provide a training process for concerned individuals in a given community or workplace setting to engage in concrete action strategies and tactics on tar sands issues.
More specifically, the workshops are designed to train people to implement strategies and tactics aimed at challenging the production, sale and export of tar sands crude. In so doing, the objective is to build a broader base of core organizers to move this campaign forward.
STRATEGIES: The workshops will be designed to be as participatory as possible by drawing on the knowledge and experience of the participants. Participants will be encouraged to identify and develop strategies and tactics to take forward. The following is a short list of potential strategic action outcomes of the workshops:
• Public education campaign linking the tar sands to manufacturing job losses
• Local municipal government resolutions refusing to purchase tar sands crude
• Building a community alliance for a new energy & green jobs economy
• Organizing community opposition to tar sands infrastructure like pipelines/refineries
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