25,000 TAKE TO STREETS IN OTTAWA AS WORLD MARCHES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
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OTTAWA, November 29, 2015—25,000 people took part in the 100% Possible March for Climate Solutions and Justice in Ottawa on Sunday, calling on Canadian leaders to back an ambitious climate deal in Paris.
Danny Auron, Campaign Director from Avaaz, said:
“25,000 Canadians braved freezing temperatures to send a clear signal to Prime Minister Trudeau and his new government that they expect a deal for a 100% clean future in Paris. The time has come for Canada to be a climate champion — today shows this isn’t a dream, it’s the demand of Canada’s people.”
The march culminated with a human “100%” sign formed in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. An independent statistician, Gilles Lamothe of the University of Ottawa, verified that 25,000 people participated in either the march or the action.
The march in Ottawa — held by the 100% Possible coalition, which included global civic organization Avaaz — is one of 2,300 rallies being held across 175 countries in the lead up to the crucial meeting in Paris which start tomorrow. As of earlier Sunday, over 570,000 had been involved in the global march, a number expected to rise by the end of the day as totals from cities including Ottawa were still being anticipated.
For more information — contact Ari Pottens, Avaaz Campaigner on 647-209-9799
THOUSANDS RALLY TO ASK FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS TO BE BOLD ON NEW CLIMATE PLAN:
100% CLEAN AND RENEWABLE BY 2050 IS 100% POSSIBLE
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OTTAWA, November 29, 2015—Thousands are expected to rally in Ottawa today, on the eve of the Paris climate summit, to tell their government and the world that a 100% clean and renewable Canada by 2050 is 100% possible.
“The tides are turning, and today we recognize that change is not only possible, but necessary,” said Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada. “All across the country, Canadians are encouraged by the federal and provincial governments’ plan to work together to protect the climate, but we know we must do much more to live up to what the science is demanding of us. Many countries have committed to being 100% clean and renewable by 2050 and we know that Canada can do it too.”
With the international community paying attention and moves by provincial governments to phase-out coal and limit tar sands expansion, Canada has a real chance to be a climate leader but it must live up to the science to do it. Canada must commit to a bold climate solution that has growing support worldwide: 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.
“We must work together to alleviate the impact of climate change” said Jacques Létourneau, president of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN). “By building clean energy infrastructure, creating low carbon jobs and ensuring a fair transition for workers, we can get to 100% clean, renewable, and sustainable energy in our lifetimes.”
An historic coalition of more than 80 First Nations, business, labour, faith, development, student and environmental groups has come together to march with individual Canadians today, united in their belief that 100% clean and renewable Canada by 2050 is 100% possible. Today’s march is part of a global action with millions marching in over 2000 events around the world.
Website – www.100possible.ca
Fb/twitter – @100possibleca
“Solving climate change means cutting our climate pollution to zero by the middle of this century. Getting to a clean energy economy is 100% possible, but this shift isn’t happening fast enough. It’s time for Canadian leaders to back up their many promises with action.”
— Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence Canada
“When it comes to building a clean energy economy, Canada has a renewable energy advantage. We have the resources from coast to coast to coast. Technologies are becoming better and cheaper. And increasingly we have politicians and business leaders who are committed to seeing Canada compete and prosper with clean energy.”
— Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
“30 % of the energy we consume in Canada is already produced from renewable sources like hydro and wind. By increasing that by only 2 percentage points each year, we will have completely eliminated fossil fuels by 2050. Its 100% possible. We just need to start right now.”
— Sidney Ribaux, Cofounder and Executive Director, Equiterre
“As host Nation of the march, the Algonquin People seek to not only turn the page on the era of fossil fuels, but all forms of destructive development that harm Indigenous lands, cultures and peoples.”
— Chief Lance Haymond, Eagle Village First Nation
“This weekend people all over the world are flooding the streets to call for an ambitious climate deal in Paris. Climate change threatens everything we love, and scientists are screaming from the rooftops that time is running out to stop it. It is up to our political leaders to move to the only solution: a shift to 100% clean energy for 100% of the world. If successful, Paris could see the world finally saying ‘au revoir’ to dirty energy for good.”
— Emma Ruby-Sachs, acting Executive Director of Avaaz
“We must significantly reduce our dependence on automobiles and oil and practice responsible consumption: this is the challenge which we have to address now. The political and energy agenda must no longer be dictated by the petroleum industry. It’s for the future of all of us!”
— Christian Simard, Executive Director, Nature Québec
“Climate change is an issue of enormous importance to Canadians, with moral ramifications for our movement, as Catholics. What is needed is a profound change in the way we view our energy consumption and how we use the earth’s resources. We urge our government and society to take responsibility for the harm that his already happening in countries in the Global South.”
— Josianne Gauthier, Director of In-Canada Programs, Development and Peace
For more information:
Sarbjit Kaur, Kaur Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-274-5324
Tim Ehlich, Environmental Defence, email@example.com, 647-468-3641
Ben René, Canadian Association of Professional Employees, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613-406-5962
Dale Robertson, Equiterre, email@example.com, 514-605-2000
Mathieu M-Perron, Confédération des syndicats nationaux, Mathieu.Murphy-Perron@csn.qc.ca, 514-773-0060
Rania Massoud, Greenpeace Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org, 438-929-7447
The 100% Possible: March for Climate Solutions and Justice – 100% clean and renewable by 2050 is possible:
thousands to march in Ottawa on Sunday
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OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2015 /CNW/ – Thousands will gather on Sunday, November 29, the day before the Paris climate summit, to tell our political leaders that a 100% clean and renewable Canada by 2050 is 100% possible.
A diverse coalition representing First Nations, business, labour, faith communities, environmental groups and individual, concerned Canadians will call for bold action on climate change and on building a clean, renewable and just future.
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Joanna Kerr, Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada; Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence; Emmanuelle Tremblay, President, Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE); Jacques Létourneau, President, Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux (CSN); Dr. John Stone
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, Laurier Room
88 Albert Street, Ottawa
Call-In: 1.866.219.7782 , Code: 700446
March Departure Time: 1:30 p.m
Location: Ottawa City Hall
Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON
March Arrival Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Parliament Hill
Speakers will be available to media upon request.
For further information: Sarbjit Kaur (English), email@example.com, 416-274-5324; Julie Tremblay, Equiterre (French), firstname.lastname@example.org, 514-966-6992; Mathieu M-Perron,CSN, Mathieu.Murphy-Perron@csn.qc.ca, 514-773-0060
Prominent actors, musicians, and authors urge thousands to mobilize in Ottawa for climate rally
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26 November 2015 (Ottawa) – Over a dozen prominent actors, musicians, and authors including Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson, Indigenous rights advocate and actress Tantoo Cardinal, Juno award winning artists Joel Plaskett and Claire Boucher (Grimes), Order of Canada author Margaret Atwood and Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull are urging people across Canada to mobilize in the thousands to push the Canadian government to act on a growing climate crisis and transition the country to 100% renewable energy.
“The time has come to stop Arctic drilling and tar sands expansion,” said Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson. “100% renewables is 100% possible. On Nov. 29 come out and make some serious noise so our leaders know we humans can’t wait, the planet can’t wait!”
“I’m supporting 100% Possible because I see climate change as the biggest threat to the planet our children will inherit. We are slowly breaking our reliance on fossil fuels but time is of the essence,” said Juno award winning artist Joel Plaskett. “The world is behind the eight ball and Canada as a country must step to the plate and do our part. Where there’s a will there’s a way!”
The mobilization is part of a global push on Nov. 29th the day before the U.N. climate summit opens in Paris. Over 2,000 events are scheduled worldwide with the keystone event in Canada being held on the steps of Parliament.
“Canada can solve climate change and it can do it in a way where Indigenous communities are the first to benefit,” said Mrs. Universe, Ashley Callingbull. “March with me this Sunday in Ottawa.”
The full list of artists includes:
- Ashley Callingbull (Mrs. Universe)
- Basia Bulat (musician)
- Claire Boucher (Grimes – musician)
- Daryl Hannah (actress)
- Dallas Good (musician)
- Emma Thompson (actress)
- Jane Fonda (actress)
- Jen Grant (musician)
- Joel Plaskett (musician)
- Margaret Atwood (author)
- Peter Keleghan (actor)
- Raffi (singer, author)
- Rosanne Barr (actress)
- The Sadies (musician)
- Tantoo Cardinal (actress, First Nation activist)
- Yasmine VanWilt (actress, musician)
“As a grandmother and someone who has really woken up to what’s at stake for our planet, we need to turn away from the tarsands and arctic drilling and embrace the tremendous opportunity Canada has to go 100% renewable,” echoed actress Jane Fonda.
For more information contact:
Diego Cramer at 514-999-6743
100% Possible: Canadians to March for a Future that is 100% Clean by 2050
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Ottawa, November 17, 2015 — On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, thousands of Canadians will march to Parliament Hill to urge the new government to take strong action on climate change and get Canada to 100% clean by 2050.
A diverse coalition has come together for 100% Possible: Marching for Climate Solutions and Justice. The Ottawa event will take place as millions march in over 1700 cities around the World.
Launched today in Ottawa, the event has drawn partners from a variety of backgrounds, including business, labour, faith, environment, development, First Nations, students and concerned citizens. Diverse in the interests they represent, these participants are united in their call for bold action on climate change and to build a clean, renewable, and just future.
Scientists have recommended that nations should aim to reduce GHGs by 80 to 95 % by 2050. Many jurisdictions have embraced that goal, including Québec and Ontario, which entails that 100% of energy produced and consumed be from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro. In accordance with that goal, organizers of the March are also recommending that Canada build clean infrastructure and stop investing in fossil fuel infrastructure.
Ottawa and Gatineau residents are being invited to what is being billed as a family friendly event. Others are planning to come by bus from towns and cities as far away as Mississauga, Toronto, Rimouski and Québec City. Marchers will be encouraged to wear green, dress up, make banners, or build renewable energy floats.
The march will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th at Ottawa City Hall and will end on Parliament Hill.
“We have the energy, we have the innovation, we have the solutions—and now we have a government that says it’s ready to act. We can solve climate change by 2050. With this march we want to let the world know: Canada is back.”
—Steven Guilbeault, Senator Director, Équiterre
“A 100% clean, renewable economy is 100% possible. The Paris Climate Summit is just one part of a solution that really begins here at home. We’re marching to show Canadians and our government that there is another way.”
—Graham Saul, Executive Director, Ecology Ottawa
“With enough investment, we can fight climate change and ensure a sustainable future for our children and theirs. And we can do it in a way that creates millions of badly needed good, green jobs.”
—Donald Lafleur, Canadian Labour Congress
“It is the poorest and most vulnerable in communities in the Global South who are on the frontlines of climate change, and who are suffering the most as they face prolonged droughts, sudden floods, and extreme storms. We have a moral obligation to act since Canada is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. We are marching to be in solidarity with all those who are living the impacts of climate change now, and to call on Canada to do its part.”
— David Leduc, Executive Director, Development and Peace
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MARCH WITH US
November 29, Ottawa. On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, let’s show our new government that a 100% clean economy is 100% possible.