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From: patty guerrero (pattypaxicloud.com)
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:47:19 -0700 (PDT)
HI ,   Someone suggested we read this as a followup of the Pope’s visit.   To 
discuss along w/his talks.   Patty

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> The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
> 'This our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the past, to those 
> suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a right to a bright 
> and safe future.'
> byNaomi Klein <http://www.commondreams.org/author/naomi-klein>, David Suzuki 
> <http://www.commondreams.org/author/david-suzuki>, Leonard Cohen 
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> This text is an abridged version of a declaration launched in Toronto on 
> Tuesday and first published in the Globe and Mail. The writing of The Leap 
> Manifestowas initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto 
> attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food 
> justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. To read the 
> statement in full and to become a signatory visit leapmanifesto.org. 
> <http://www.leapmanifesto.org/>
> We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven 
> together by accessible public transit, in which the opportunities of this 
> transition are designed to eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for 
> one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing 
> sectors. Many more people could have higher-wage jobs with fewer work hours, 
> leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.
> 
> Canada is not this place today – but it can be.
> 
> The time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us 
> this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global 
> warming. That means small steps will no longer suffice.
> 
> So we need to leap.
> 
> This leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the 
> original caretakers of this land. Indigenous communities have been at the 
> forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control 
> industrial activity. We can bolster this role by fully implementing the 
> United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
> 
> Moved by the treaties that form the legal basis of this country and bind us 
> to share the land “for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the 
> rivers flow,” we want energy sources that will last for time immemorial and 
> never run out or poison the land. Technological breakthroughs have brought 
> this dream within reach. The latest research shows it is feasible to get 100 
> per cent of our electricity from renewable resources within two decades. We 
> demand that this shift begin now.
> 
> There is no longer an excuse for building new infrastructure projects that 
> lock us into increased extraction decades into the future. That applies 
> equally to oil and gas pipelines; fracking in New Brunswick, Quebec and 
> British Columbia; increased tanker traffic off our coasts; and to 
> Canadian-owned mining projects the world over.
> 
> The time has come for energy democracy: We believe not just in changes to our 
> energy sources, but that wherever possible communities should collectively 
> control these new energy systems. We can create innovative ownership 
> structures: democratically run, paying living wages and keeping much-needed 
> revenue in communities. And indigenous peoples should be first to receive 
> public support for their own clean energy projects. So should communities 
> currently dealing with heavy health impacts of polluting industrial activity.
> 
> Power generated this way will not merely light our homes but also 
> redistribute wealth, deepen our democracy, strengthen our economy and start 
> to heal the wounds that date back to this country’s founding.
> 
> A leap to a non-polluting economy can create countless other multiple “wins.” 
> We want training and resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring 
> they are fully able to participate in the clean-energy economy. High-speed 
> rail powered by renewables and affordable public transit can unite every 
> community in this country – in place of more cars, pipelines and exploding 
> trains that endanger and divide us.
> 
> Since this leap is beginning late, we need to invest in our decaying public 
> infrastructure so it can withstand increasingly frequent extreme weather 
> events.
> 
> Moving to a far more localized and ecologically based agricultural system 
> would reduce reliance on fossil fuels, capture carbon in the soil and absorb 
> sudden shocks in the global supply – as well as produce healthier and more 
> affordable food for everyone.
> 
> We call for an end to all trade deals that interfere with our attempts to 
> rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive 
> projects. Rebalancing the scales of justice, we should ensure immigration 
> status and full protection for all workers.
> 
> Shifting to an economy in balance with the Earth’s limits also means 
> expanding the economic sectors that are already low-carbon: caregiving, 
> teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media. Following on 
> Quebec’s lead, a national child-care program is long past due. All this work, 
> much of it performed by women, is the glue that builds humane, resilient 
> communities – and we will need our communities to be as strong as possible in 
> the face of the rocky future we have already locked in.
> 
> We declare that “austerity” – which has systematically attacked low-carbon 
> sectors such as education and health care, while starving public transit and 
> forcing reckless energy privatizations – is a fossilized form of thinking 
> that has become a threat to life on Earth. The money we need to pay for this 
> great transformation is available – we just need the right policies to 
> release it. Such as an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. Financial transaction 
> taxes. Increased resource royalties. Higher income taxes on corporations and 
> wealthy people. A progressive carbon tax. Cuts to military spending. All of 
> these are based on a simple “polluter pays” principle and hold enormous 
> promise.
> 
> One thing is clear: Public scarcity in times of unprecedented private wealth 
> is a manufactured crisis, designed to extinguish our dreams before they have 
> a chance to be born.
> 
> Those dreams go well beyond this manifesto. We call for town hall meetings 
> across the country where residents can gather to democratically define what a 
> genuine leap to the next economy means in their communities.
> 
> Inevitably, this bottom-up revival will lead to a renewal of democracy at 
> every level of government, working swiftly toward a system in which every 
> vote counts and corporate money is removed from political campaigns.
> 
> This is a great deal to take on all at once, but such are the times in which 
> we live.
> 
> The drop in oil prices has temporarily relieved the pressure to dig up fossil 
> fuels as rapidly as high-risk technologies will allow. This pause in frenetic 
> expansion should not be viewed as a crisis, but as a gift. It has given us a 
> rare moment to look at what we have become – and decide to change.
> 
> And so we call on all those seeking political office to seize this 
> opportunity. This is our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the 
> past, to those suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a 
> right to a bright and safe future.
> 
> Now is the time for boldness.
> 
> Now is the time to leap.
> 
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