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Canadians Unite Across Country in Defiance of our Government’s Inaction on Climate Change

December 15, 2009

Young Canadians protest Canada's climate policies at Copenhagen.

Copenhagen - young Canadians from the Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition staged a "rally and walk-through protest" this Friday.

In light of recently leaked documents and a Yes Men prank yesterday revealing that the Canadian government does NOT intend to meet its weak climate goal of reducing carbon emissions or negotiate any new goals at the Copenhagen COP15 talks, as many had previously hoped – and in light of international anger towards Canadians as a people for “supporting” this action (based on often flawed and statistically insignificant polls) – I felt that it was time to share some amazing photos I’ve seen in the past week of a movement that’s currently happening across Canada.

This movement, based on national anger towards an administration that many of us did not vote for, that we do not believe in, and that does not represent our values as a nation or as young people, has exploded across the country. Citizens from coast to coast are asking Canada to set concrete goals to fight climate change, in every major city and in small towns I hadn’t even heard of.

Instead of choosing to give up and withdraw from it all, these people are standing up (often in freezing temperatures) for what they think is important. They reveal that our country is not united, as is being claimed in the international press, and that Canadians from coast to coast do not support our administration’s lack of commitment towards climate change. I hope these remarkable photos, viewed together, will inspire you as much as they have inspired me as a young Canadian.


World Wants a Real Deal, Climate Change, Vancouver BC, Canada, COP15, tcktcktck

Vancouver, BC - Over 250 people of all ages gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery in a "spontaneous combustion" as a part of the global 'World Wants a Real Deal on Climate Change' candlelight vigils.

Toronto, Canada - Community members from all backgrounds rally together against climate change.

Montreal, QC - Citizens gathered downtown to show their engagement toward our planet and to ask for a real climate deal in Copenhagen.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa - Climate change demonstration on October 24, 2009 as a part of the International Day of Climate Action. Thousands came out despite the (incorrect) forecast of downpours.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Young students protest the government's national climate policies. "We formed a human hourglass to demonstrate that time is running out."

Whitehorse, Yukon - International Day of Climate Action, outside of the legislature.

Victoria, BC - Passionate rally on Dec 12th against the lack of COP15 climate change commitments.

Trois-Rivières, Québec - "La soirée fut un agréable moment de partage par laquelle les gens de Trois-Rivières ont porté leur voix vers Copenhague et signaler leur position plus engagée que celle de leur gouvernement Harper."

Smiths Falls Ontario Climate Change COP15

Smiths Falls, Ontario. "It's clear that We -- from the REAL Deal Reuse Store and Environment Centre -- Want a Real Deal on Climate Change."

Students protest in Niagra on the Lake, Canada. "Event was canceled because it was so cold, so we decided our environmental Biology class was better."

Halifax, NS. "Around 150 people gathered in this church to protest the government's policies for a powerful candlelit vigil and interfaith service, in spite of temperatures approaching -20 c with the windchill."

Banff, Canada - a loan couple stand vigil in the Rockie Mountains with a "clear message for Copenhagen negotiators."

this post has also been xposted to young viewers on VELOCITY.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2009 11:34 am

    Thanks for the comment. So far, these protests have gotten a remarkable amount of press coverage which makes me happy – and posters like the one featured in Shauna’s latest post on this blog (Day 7 from Copenhagen) in the Copenhagen airport also aid in making these protests press-worthy. Here’s hoping they’ll catch our prime minister’s attention in the way that they have caught the attention of other world leaders.

  2. December 15, 2009 2:44 pm

    I hope that pro-Kyoto advocates will seriously consider staging a massive protest at the Copenhagen Airport to coincide with Harper’s arrival later this week . A public display like this would send a strong message to the rest of the world, namely: That Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “the global poster child of inaction”!

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