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On CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag, this Saturday, March 13, we’ll be enjoying another visit from Transition Guelph‘s Chris Mills and Sally Ludwig. They will be updating us on their group’s current projects and  also highlighting some important upcoming events.

Transition Guelph are part of a worldwide grassroots intitiative, dedicated to helping communities cope with the potentially devastating threats of peak oil and climate change. 

The Transition Town initiative, that started in the U.K, has now lead to the development of 14 different transition communities in Canada, as well as, this month, a national group, Transition Canada. The goal of the national group will be to help other Canadian towns and cities get started on the road to local resiliency.

After the debacle of Copenhagen and the laissez faire attitude of our national government it is now more clear than ever that we can’t afford to wait on governments to act – we need to act for ourselves.

Check out Transition Guelph’s amazingly informative website at www.transitionguelph.org if you haven’t already done so.

We’ll also be sharing some cool music. Its always fun having Chris and Sally on the show. You won’t want to miss it.

Photo: http://www.internationalwomensday.com

In the second hour we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day in music and welcoming into the studio, members of the Guelph Go Go Grandmothers.

Guelph Go Go Grandmothers, locally known as the 4Gs, have been working hard for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. The campaign seeks to build solidarity, raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers. The campaign was launched on March 7, 2006, on the eve of International Women’s Day

Since the launch, some 220 groups of Canadian grandmothers have taken up the call to action. To date, the campaign has raised more than $6 million for African grandmothers and the children in their care. SLF has directed these funds to community-level organizations in 15 sub-Saharan African countries that provide grandmothers with much needed support, such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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Finding Hope: Spiritual Resources In Environmental Crisis

January 27 & February 10 at 7.30 p.m at The Fat Duck (Corner of Kortright and Edinburgh, Guelph)

Relaxed conversations on spirituality and the environment.

Where can you find hope in the face of the environmental crisis that threatens the planet?

And, its all taking place in one of Guelph’s best eateries, The Fat Duck Pub!

Join the discussion with two presenters that care deeply about the fate of our planet:

  • Mike Nagy on Wednesday, January 27
  • Jim Profit on Wednesday, February 10

All welcome.

Sponsored by the Anglican and United Churches

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On December 12, we were pleased to welcome Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph back to Royal City Rag to talk about the Candlelight Vigil For A Real Deal On Climate Change taking place at 4.30 p.m.in St. George’s Square, Downtown Guelph and the progress in the Copenhagen climate talks.

This event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants A Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

10 year old Lil Peppi, The King of Eco-Rap: “My goal is to get young people to realise that saving the planet is a big deal and we should all do our part to keep her beautiful”

Melting Ice (2009)

Listen to Hour 1:

In the second half of the show, Guelph potter Bunny Safari joined us live from the Guelph Farmer’s Market to talk about why you should support local artisans this holiday season.

We also played some decidedly miserable holiday tunes; tales of what happens when things don’t go quite as planned and you find your (often unreal) expectations for the season unmet. I’m sure we’ve all experienced that.

Enjoy these songs to please your inner curmudgeon. Bah humbug!

Listen to Hour 2:

Music:
Loreena McKennitt, Snow from Maybe This Christmas (Compilation)
Sufjan Stevens, Sister Winter from Songs for Christmas Vol VI, Peace (2006)
The Nylons, This Island Earth from Happy Together
Will.i.am, Take Our Planet Back (YouTube)
Dean Martin, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! from Christmas With Dino
Bob Dylan, Winter Wonderland from Christmas In The Heart
Be Good Tanyas, Rudy from Maybe This Christmas Too (Compilation)
Teddy Thompson and Jude Rogers, I Won’t Kill You This Christmas (Digital Download, http://www.Guardian.co.uk)
The Handsome Family, So Much Wine from Blue Christmas (Compilation)
Sufjan Stevens That Was The Worst Christmas Ever from Songs for Christmas Vol III, Ding Dong (2003)
Graham Parker, Christmas Is For Mugs from Leather Canary Xmas Mix

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Joanna Defoe is with the Canadian Youth Delegation at the climate talks in Copenhagen. She sent the following message and asked that it be circulated as widely as possible.

Dear Friends,
 
I apologize for keeping so quiet from Copenhagen.  The truth is that this negotiation has been a total whirlwind.  The politics alone can take up 24 hour in the day just to follow. But on top of the negotiation analysis, there is so much at stake that the emotions run strong throughout the conference center.  Any moment it is possible to hear or read about someone’s impassioned plea for leadership.  There is a large number of savvy, coordinated, young people that are so tired to see their calls for leadership ignored. Just the other day, my friend Teryn made a very brave speech to Canada’s lead negotiator calling on even civil servants to show greater leadership.
 
I have a lot more to debrief and process from this experience, but the most pressing thing worth writing to friends about concerns what you can do to help break the negotiation deadlock.  The most pressing thing is to sign up for a candle light vigil tomorrow.  I am asking that you consider joining myself and millions of other people who are participating in a global candlelight vigil for a real deal at Copenhagen.  The tone of this action is very appropriate for the political climate we are currently in.
 
I would like to say this confluence of leaders and policy makers is leaving me charged with hope.  The truth is that my biggest hope lies in community back home, and their ability to develop a political base that ensures that a more fair climate policy can be put forward.  We still have time – there is one week left.
 
In solidarity and with love from Copenhagen,
 
Joanna

Guelph’s Candlelight vigil for a real deal on climate change takes place on December 12 at 4.30 p.m. in St Georges’s Square. If the weather is too cold, the vigil will move into Old Quebec Street. Musicians James Gordon, Dave Sills and Chris Mills will be playing. Please bring candles and flashlights.

This family friendly event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants a Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

According to Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph,  “It is clear now that many citizens of Guelph want to see real action on climate change from our leaders in Copenhagen. The time is past for rhetoric and delay. Climate change is happening now. We need a real deal now. To uphold Canadian values of social justice, we want to show our support of efforts to avert catastrophic climate change, live simply and sustainably on the Earth and equitably with our neighbours around the globe.”
 
This global mandate comes at the mid-point of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen where world leaders are meeting to sign a new climate treaty. Candlelight vigils will begin Friday night at embassies, consulates, and iconic places worldwide. On Saturday, in Guelph and in major cities in countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to sign their names on message walls and petitions in support of a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal. Then on Sunday, the air will reverberate with this growing demand for climate justice and action when faith communities around the world ring bells and sound ceremonial horns in support of a Real Deal.
 
Transition Guelph is a group of concerned Guelph residents who have come together with the shared vision of building resilience and sustainability into our community in response to the challenges of peak oil, accelerating climate change, and global economic instability. Visit their website at www.transitionguelph.org 

TckTckTck is an unprecedented global alliance made up of leading international, national and local organizations addressing environment, development, poverty, human rights, health and humanitarian issues. Representing hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life, it represents faith-based groups, youth groups, trade unions and individuals all calling for a fair,  ambitious and binding climate change agreement in December 2009 in Copenhagen. The world is ready!  Visit their website at www.tcktcktck.org

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On Saturday, December 12, people from all over Guelph will gather downtown at St. George’s Square at 4.30 p.m. for a family friendly candlelight vigil. This event is part of an unprecedented mass mobilisation on climate action, The World Wants a Real Deal and sponsored by Transition Guelph, the TckTckTck campaign and other local NGOs and environmental groups. The participants will join hundreds of other events in countries around the world as part of a global day of action. They will urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to sign a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal in Copenhagen. 

According to Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph,  “It is clear now that many citizens of Guelph want to see real action on climate change from our leaders in Copenhagen. The time is past for rhetoric and delay. Climate change is happening now. We need a real deal now. To uphold Canadian values of social justice, we want to show our support of efforts to avert catastrophic climate change, live simply and sustainably on the Earth and equitably with our neighbours around the globe.”
 
This global mandate comes at the mid-point of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen where world leaders are meeting to sign a new climate treaty. Candlelight vigils will begin Friday night at embassies, consulates, and iconic places worldwide. On Saturday, in Guelph and in major cities in countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to sign their names on message walls and petitions in support of a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal. Then on Sunday, the air will reverberate with this growing demand for climate justice and action when faith communities around the world ring bells and sound ceremonial horns in support of a Real Deal.
 
Transition Guelph is a group of concerned and active Guelph residents who have come together with the shared vision of building resilience and sustainability into our community in response to the challenges of peak oil, accelerating climate change, and global economic instability. Visit their website at www.transitionguelph.org 

TckTckTck is an unprecedented global alliance made up of leading international, national and local organizations addressing environment, development, poverty, human rights, health and humanitarian issues. Representing hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life, it represents faith-based groups, youth groups, trade unions and individuals all calling for a fair, ambitious and binding climate change agreement in December 2009 in Copenhagen. The world is ready!  Visit their website at www.tcktcktck.org

Catch Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph on Royal City Rag, Saturday December 12 between 7-8 a.m.

If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag. Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm

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A massive weekend of action for action on climate change is planned for the weekend of December 12 to coincide with the Copenhagen climate talks.

Wherever you are in the world, you’re invited to participate in a candlelight vigil to help give politicians the wake-up call they so desperately need.

Each tiny flame represents people planning to come together in their community for hope and to show solidarity with the citizens of the world whose lives and homes are on the line, asking for fair, ambitious and binding agreement on changes for our climate.

Transition Guelph and other local groups will be hosting a candlelight vigil on December 12 at 5.00 p.m. in St. George’s Square, Downtown Guelph.

Join us for a family friendly event feturing thought provoking songs and speakers. Bring your bells, drums, noise makers and posters. Candles will be available or bring your own light.

For more information, please visit www.350.org/vigil.

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James Gordon’s great, thought provoking song about climate change “How?” (a favourite of Royal City Rag), is now up on Youtube.

Borealis logoCheck it out if you get a chance. It now has a cool video attached that should be compulsory viewing, and not just for James’ natty new beard!

The song will appear on James’ forthcoming album on Borealis Records “My Stars Your Eyes”.

Thanks again, James.

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