Civil disobedience in a changing climate

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 23:30

The 13 people arrested in May for stopping a coal train in White Rock explain why they felt a moral obligation to take this step. Join them for an open public discussion on why citizens concerned about global warming should consider peaceful civil disobedience as an ethical course of action. Moderated by James MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet).

The evidence is in -- we need to act now to avoid runaway climate change. At the same time, our governments continue to promote increased fossil fuel exports. If you find this disconnect deeply disturbing, if you think that writing letters and attending rallies are not going to solve the problem, then this event is for you.

Come out and discuss your own concerns and motivations, and learn more about the practical, legal and financial implications of standing up for our future.


Alice MacKay Room
Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 48.0576" N, 123° 6' 52.812" W
British Columbia CA

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