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Hi There,

Happy Earth Day! We hope you are safe and able to keep healthy during these worrisome times.

Perhaps you, like us, have wondered what comes after Covid-19? Will we get back to normal or can we help to shape a new normal? There’s so much talk we hear about how Covid-19 could be the incentive we need to rebuild our society in a more environmentally friendly way. When we Googled “covid climate action new normal” we got 15,100,000 results! Some of the optimistic messages we’ve heard are included below.
But we also have to keep in mind Naomi Klein’s warnings in The Shock Doctrine – watch out for those who wait for a crisis to slip in their policies when people’s attention is distracted. As Milton Friedman once said, “Only a crisis -- actual or perceived -- produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.”
Note for example the recent request to the Canadian government from Alberta’s business council and oil industry for tax breaks and elimination of climate programs. The PM’s response and announcements on Friday of new expenditures for environmental cleanup are very encouraging; he said  "Just because we're in a health crisis doesn't mean we can neglect the environmental crisis”.
 
-- Your website team: Chris, Sandi, Jim, Jon
 
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Voices for the Earth Summit
Earth Day April 22: From Pachamama, an online gathering of some of the great thinkers of our time to look at how we might come out of this pandemic ready to regenerate our planet and social institutions.
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Re-imagining Drawdown workshops during the Pandemic

Although our scheduled Drawdown workshops were cancelled because of physical distancing requirements, some of us have been learning how to do interactive Drawdown workshops virtually using Zoom, with help from Emily Hittle at the Pachamama Alliance.

To start with, we're  inviting everyone to watch  Pachamama’s online Introduction to Drawdown, when it is convenient for you, and then join a scheduled follow-up Zoom discussion of the material on Tuesday, April 28, 8:00-9:30 pm, or Saturday May 1, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Then watch the bcdrawdown.org website for upcoming dates of our new online version of the 4 session Getting Into Action classes on Zoom.  These will be live workshops led by local BC facilitators with opportunities to share ideas and build a community of people who love the earth.  Invite your friends to join us as we explore together how to create a more just and sustainable,world , incorporating Drawdown's proven solutions with new learnings from Covid-19 .
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Here’s an opportunity to explore the many ways we can manifest a healthier, happier world that works in harmony with nature and be ready to engage with climate solutions when the time comes to consider the next chapter after this pandemic.
“Never waste the opportunity to learn from a crisis.” – Winston Churchill
Brought to you by Creatively United for the Planet Society in Victoria.
NOTE: These events began before we published this Newsletter. But if you subscribe to the series, you'll be advised when the recordings become available -- likely next week.
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From The Pembina Institute:Staying the course on carbon pricing sends strong investment signal.”  We need to ensure the choices we make in one global crisis don’t exacerbate another.
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Bill McKibben, leader of 350.org, writes a weekly climate crisis column in the New Yorker. Here are links to three recent ones:
Building a Hardier World -- on rebuilding our economies
Working Together Is What Humans are Built to Do 
Will the Coronavirus Kill the Oil Industry
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The Earth Is Telling Us We Must Rethink Our Growth Society
"However horrific the COVID-19 pandemic may seem, it is merely one symptom of gross human ecological dysfunction. . . . The overarching reality is that the human enterprise is in a state of overshoot."
-- Article by William Rees in The Tyee
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An Open Letter to Members of Parliament concerning COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency.
Guy Dauncey’s recent letter to MPs gives four good reasons why we must not scale back on our climate action during the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter is now on his website. Go to this link, then scroll down to the first sub-heading below the Climate Emergency image.
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Clean Energy Canada's newsletter this week includes valuable insights into COVID-19 recovery: A Smart approach to oil and gas relief, Framework for a resilient recovery, and Climate action = economic growth
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Project Drawdown now publishes a periodic newsletter. You can subscribe at their home page here.
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"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
"We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."
    -- author Arundhati Roy, writing in the Financial Times
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