Written by Denise Deby.
There’s new optimism in Ottawa and across much of the country that action on the environment and climate change is possible.
- More people from across society are getting involved in climate issues;
- Canada’s recently elected government includes a federal Minister for Environment and Climate Change;
- The new government has already lifted restrictions on science communication;
- The Canadian delegation to the UN Climate Summit in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11 will include provincial and territorial premiers and leaders of the main political parties.
To draw attention to the opportunity for change and encourage the Canadian government to act, a coalition of environmental, community, labour and other groups is organizing 100% Possible: Marching for Climate Solutions and Justice on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Everyone is welcome to join the March from 1-4 p.m., starting at Ottawa City Hall and moving to Parliament Hill.
Organizers encourage people to wear green—representing renewable energy, the environment and hope—and bring posters or banners. More tips here.
The Ottawa event is part of a Global Climate March that day.
We can solve climate change in our lifetimes. Canada is at a crossroads. The solutions to the climate crisis exist, solutions that:
- Create low carbon jobs
- Respect Indigenous rights
- Stop tar sands expansion
We can create a clean, renewable energy economy, for everyone.
A 100% clean economy by 2050 is not only possible, it is NECESSARY. It’s a vision for a healthy, diverse economy that leads to a safer, more sustainable, and more just future. This fall, we have a historic opportunity to be HEARD by our new government in their first month in power, on the eve of their first international meeting in Paris.
On November 29, let’s show our leaders that 100% clean is possible, together.”
For many years, Canada has promoted and subsidized fossil fuels, but with political will can shift to clean energy. Read more and get involved here.
You can also sign up here to get Ecology Ottawa’s updates on the March.