12 March, 2012


Friday, June 15th to Saturday, June 23rd 2012 - Rio + 20 Summit

During Rio+20, Alternatives will be organizing or co-organizing the following activities:

  • Panel Discussion: Resisting Canada’s Criminal Assault On The Environment

Activity organized by Alternatives

DATE: June 18th 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30pm, at the Peoples Summit, Tenda 2

Canada is a natural resource superpower with large mining projects and a huge oil development in the Tar Sands. Its opting out of Kyoto Protocol has generated worldwide condemnation. Canadian multinational mining corporations have unleashed resistance from local and Indigenous communities in Latin America and Asia. The Free Trade Agreement with Europe, designed to favour export of oil from the Tar Sands is challenged by environmental groups. Vocal mobilizations have occurred across Canada and Quebec mobilizing tens of thousands of people against such projects as the Tar Sand, shale gas exploration and fracking or the large mining project planned for Northern Quebec, called Plan Nord. A key feature of these mobilizations has been the participation of Indigenous communities, grassroot organizations, youth and students, and other sectors that have organized collective resistance. People’s resistance against resource grab is a local, national and international struggle.

Chair: Michel Lambert (Alternatives)
Speakers: Nathalie Guay(CSN); Patrick Bonin (AQLPA); Ben Powless (Indigenous Environmental Network) ; Tetet Lauron (Ibon International); Maxime Combes (AIETEC-IPAM);

  • Panel Discussion: Youth and the Earth Charter

Activity co-organized by Alternatives, organized by Alternativa Terrazul

DATE: June 18th 2012, from 8am to 11am at the People's Summit, Room Plenaria 5

  • Panel Discussion: Extractive industries, First Nations' rights and the environment: the case of the Plan Nord in Québec

Activity organized by the Québec delegation to Rio+20

DATE: June 18th 2012, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the People's Summit, room Tenda 6

  • Visit: Encounter with AfroReggae in the Vigario Geral favela

Activity organized by Alternatives

DATE: June 19th 2012, from 11am to 3pm at Vigario Geral favela

  • Panel discussion: the Truth Behind Hydraulic Fracturing

Activity co-organized by Alternatives, organized by ATTAC-France

DATE: June 21st 2012, from 9 am to 11am at the People's Summit, room Tenda 6

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Saturday June 9th 2012 - Montreal Festival of Solidarity!

June 9th 2012, Alternatives will hold a one-day Festival of Solidarity featuring conferences, entertainment and family activities. The theme will be After the Quebec Spring, Merging the Struggles. Its purpose is to bring together leaders of this spring's various social movements around the idea of uniting in a common battle against the right-wing agenda of austerity and regression. An international conference will feature the renowned environmental author Hervé Kempf. Well-known activists including Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Québec's main student spokesperson, will also be speaking.

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June 9th 2012, Conference with Hervé Kempf

"How the Rich are destroying the Earth

And how social movements can save it!"

Conference with Hervé Kempf, journalist at Le Monde and author of "How the rich are destroying the earth".
Conference held during the Festival of Solidarity from 2 to 4 pm, at École Le Plateau, 3710 Calixa-Lavallée, Parc Lafontaine, Montréal
Book your seat! Tickets are 5$ only, available here

Sunday, April 22nd 2012 - Gathering for the Earth Day 2012

Alternatives is joining forces with Montreal’s gathering for the Earth Day. Organized by the artist and play director, Dominic Champagne, and supported by l’AQLPA, Équiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Québec and several other organizations fighting for the protection of our environment! The objective of marching in the protest is to mobilize more than 100,000 people. Be sure to join the movement with us!

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Monday, March 19th 2012 - Day of Reflection on the Environment and Sustainable Development

In collaboration with Alternatives, the Comité d’Action Politique du Conseil Regional du Montréal Métropolitain (FTQ) invites it's members to a day of reflection on our environment and sustainable development.