The Social Justice Co-operative is building a grassroots movement centred on creating caring communities and fostering friendships between activists based on caring for each other. We believe in the dignity and value of every human being. We call this movement a “Revolution of Care” because revolutionary care is the antidote to capitalism, and it is capitalism that has made our society sick. Where capitalism relies on greed to function, the antidote must be generosity. Where capitalism relies on individualism, the antidote must be community.
Want to get involved in Climate Action? Check out some of the projects we're working on below, and send us an email to get connected.
by World Energy GH2
What is Project Nujio'qonik?
Project Nujio'qonik is also known as the Port-au-Port & Stephenville Wind Power & Hydrogen Generation Project.
It's a wind-to-hydrogen mega-project being proposed by World Energy GH2 for construction on the Port-au-Port peninsula and in the area around Stephenville. The project, if approved, would see 164 wind turbines built on the Port-au-Port peninsula and a Hydrogen Generation Plant built in Stephenville.
Who is World Energy GH2?
World Energy GH2, founded in 2022, is a NL based subsidiary of a US company called World Energy LLC, one of the USA's biggest suppliers of biodiesel.
The CEO of World Energy GH2 is Sean Leet, whose previous appointments include Director and CEO of two Maritime Transportation companies, KOTUG and Horizon Maritime.
The chairman of Project Nujio'qonik is Nova Scotian billionaire John Risley, founder of Clearwater Seafoods.
(Notice that no one here has any previous experience in wind energy or hydrogen generation)
Protect NL Petition
We recently the great pleasure of meeting with Brenda from the South Coast Alliance this week. They are petitioning for a "six-month pause, with time extension possibilities, on approving industry projects on the Southwest Coast until proper Cumulative Effects Assessment studies and meaningful consultations are concluded".
Brenda came all the way to St. John’s to bring flyers, petitions and protest signs to raise awareness.
Send us a message to get some flyers and petitions! You can reach us by replying to this email.
You can print your own petition package by clicking the "download petition" button above. You can sign yourself, collect some signatures from family, friends, or coworkers, and return them by contacting the South Coast Alliance at ProtectNL@outlook.com
The Social Justice Cooperative of NL strongly condemns the federal government’s approval of the Bay Du Nord project. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, recently warned us: “Investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is moral and economic madness.” He was speaking of a United Nations climate report—issued just two days before the federal government approved the Bay du Nord project.
Pushing this project forward demonstrates a blatant disregard toward principles of free, informed, prior, ongoing consent of Indigenous peoples and is inconsistent with UNDRIP, CANDRIP, and rights of people and the planet.
Our province, Canada, and the planet cannot afford another pollution-producing, oil-seeking money pit. Contrary to what our provincial and federal governments say, there are no responsible reasons to proceed with this project, unless you represent Big Oil.
There are many compelling reasons to reject the Bay du Nord Project that fall under two major categories:
Economic Shortsightedness, including Misleading Job Possibilities.
Condemning Bay Du Nord
Out and About
Join us as we march with Fridays For Future for climate action and demand #NoMoreEmptyPromises
Socials 4 Justice
This event series is an opportunity to bring the community together and hear from local organizers and people with lived experience to talk about social and environmental justice issues.
Community dialogue is key for consensus building. Check out our YouTube page to see some of the discussions we've hosted.
Climate Emergency Declaration Petition Succeeds
Working Together Towards A Sustainable Future
Pictured to the left, are members of Fridays For Future St. John's, the Social Justice Co-op NL, the Council of Canadians Avalon Chapter, and the Coalition For a Green New Deal NL, celebrating after working together to successfully petition the City of St. John's to Declare a Climate Emergency in 2019.
Taking the Climate Emergency Petition Provincial
Coalition for a Green New Deal Town Hall
Coalition for a Green New Deal Projects
Take A Look At What We've Done
Green New Deal Town Hall
In June 2019, 60 people came together to discuss the future of a Green New Deal in Newfoundland and Labrador. This report outlines the outcomes from that meeting.
CBS Transit Town Hall
SJC, in partnership with Happy City St. John's, explored how public transit could serve the communities of Conception Bay South (CBS).
In The Media
St. John's City Council Declares Climate Emergency
November 4, 2019
While there is still work to do, St. John's City Council declaring a climate emergency was a step in the right direction.
Letter: Premier Furey, We Need a Green New Deal
September 18, 2020
CGNDNL wrote to Premier Furey's new government, demanding that the province begin to move away from oil and gas and toward a greener, more sustainable future.
Can Laid Off Oil Workers Here Transition into Greener Jobs?
October 14, 2020
More sustainable employment and transferable skills, Heather Elliott discusses what a fair transition could look like for oil and gas workers on CBC CrossTalk.
Statement: City Takes Action on Climate Change
November 4, 2019
The official declaration by St. John's City Council on Climate Change.
Thumbs Down on Climate Change for Newfoundland and Labrador Budget
September 30, 2020
With money still going towards incentivizing offshore exploration, CGNDNL was disappointed with the 2020 budget.
Letter: Oil and Gas Myth-Busting
November 26, 2020
We've all heard "Newfoundland and Labrador's oil is greener than other places." Mark Nichols tackles this and other "greenwashed" topics from the oil and gas sector.
Letter: It Shouldn't Be So Hard To Use Active Transportation
December 10, 2020
Elizabeth Yeoman discusses the challenges of using active transportation in the St. John's Metro area.