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Thousands unite in Quebec to demand Canada’s premiers say no to tar sands expansion and yes to climate action
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April 11, 2015, Quebec City — Thousands of people united today in the streets of Quebec City as part of the Act on Climate march to demand Canada’s political leaders act swiftly and smartly on climate change when developing their provincial energy agreement, which means stopping the expansion of the tar sands, the country’s largest source of emissions growth.
“Today’s march is undeniable proof that people in Quebec and across Canada want meaningful action on climate change,” said Christian Simard, General Director of Nature Québec, the march’s main organizer. “Our political leaders must accept this responsibility, put in place ambitious measures to combat climate change and keep tar sands pressure out of provincial climate talks.”
Representatives of First Nations, unions, environmental organizations, student associations, citizen’s groups, social movements and regular Canadians from as far away as Fredericton, Toronto, Edmonton and Northern BC took part in the march days before the first ministers meeting that will bring together premiers of all provinces and territories to discuss our changing climate.
“While our prime minister continues to impede real action on one of the largest and most urgent issues facing Canada and the world, people across this country are making it clear they want climate leadership,” said Joanna Kerr, executive director of Greenpeace Canada. “Our provincial leaders must do what’s essential by supporting renewable energy and not tar sands pipelines.”
The family-friendly march took place through the streets of Quebec City culminating in a crowd-made image of a giant thermometer, visible from the sky and concluding with a concert featuring a mix of English and French musicians such as Les Respectables, Yann Perreau and Sarah Harmer. Local Act on Climate solidarity events also happened in cities across Canada, including Calgary, Peterborough and Vancouver, where organizers in swing ridings across BC ran a door-knocking day to collect signatures for climate action.
“There is no way around it, Alberta’s tar sands are the greatest source of Canada’s emissions growth and cannot be counteracted in the short-term by reductions elsewhere because the growth would be just too big,” said Adam Scott, climate and energy program manager at Environmental Defence. “
First Nations from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec came together to lead the march with environmental, social and citizen movements.
“Resistance by First Nations to the Energy East project is growing by the day. The more our peoples learn about the Energy East project, including the risks of toxic dilbit spills, the project’s contribution to catastrophic climate change, how the tar sands have ravaged the lands, waters, air and health of our indigenous brothers and sisters, and especially how brave and unified First Nations out West have beaten back their own pipelines, the more our peoples are saying that they do not want the project and will fight to stop it. First Nations are not against all forms of development but they are certainly against irresponsible forms of development like tar sands expansion, which jeopardizes the future of both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples alike,” said Grand Chief Serge ‘Otsi’ Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake.
Organizers of today’s march: Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique, Équiterre, Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace Canada, Nature Québec, Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec
For more information, please contact:
Rosemonde Gingras, media contact, (514) 458-8355, Rosemonde@rosemondecommunications.com
Rania Massoud, Greenpeace Canada, (438) 929-7447, firstname.lastname@example.org
To download photos from the march and solidarity events, visit www.act-on-climate.ca
Artists, ecologists, and environmental activists band together in the fight against climate change
Québec City, March 27, 2015 – Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., artists, ecologists and environmental activists will get together on the stage at the Capitole de Québec for the Climate Show, a festive show dedicated to the cause and performed to celebrate public mobilization during the Act on Climate March to take place the same day in Québec City.
Les Respectables, Yann Perreau, Marc-André Coallier, Domlebo, Sarah Harmer, Fred Dubé, Zapartistes’ Christian Vanasse, along with actresses Geneviève Bilodeau and Véronique Côté are among the many performing artists to join the Act on Climate March organizers and Rivers Foundation leaders in inviting the public to flock in large numbers and attend this friendly show about one of the current generation’s imperatives: climate change.
The musical direction of this talent-infused and inspiring show will be provided by Alex Morissette and the show will be staged by Catherine Huard. Artists and advocates from various backgrounds will join together in this performance to convey a common message: YES to climate protection and renewable energies and NO to TransCanada’s pipeline project and tar sands oil.
The following public spokespersons will also take the stage to speak during the event: Dominic Champagne, a leading figure in theatre and a citizen actively involved in the resistance against shale gas and extreme petroleum projects, Patrick Bonin, leader of the Climate & Energy campaign for Greenpeace Canada, Karel Mayrand, General Director of the David Suzuki Foundation in Quebec and President of The Climate Reality Project Canada, Christian Simard, General Director of Nature Québec, and Équiterre co-founder, environmental sociologist and well-known public advocate Laure Waridel.
The public is invited to come in large numbers and celebrate their commitment to climate protection at this event!
People from out of town who want to attend the show can travel aboard one of the many buses to head for Québec City for the Act on Climate March held the same day. All bus departures are available in the Transportation section of the site at www.actionclimat.ca.
Catherine Huard, 514 241-3031
Capitole de Québec
972 rue Saint-Jean
Québec City, Quebec G1R 1R5
Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
418 694-4444 • 1 800 261-9903
Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the event.
Ticket Price: $12.61 (taxes and service charges are not included)
The Act on Climate March is the outcome of a Canada-wide coalition initiated by a Quebec environmental movement bringing together the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), Équiterre, the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace, Nature Québec and the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec, in collaboration with a number of labour union organizations, social and student movements, civic groups and First Nations.
Prominent Actors, Musicians and Authors Endorse Upcoming Climate March in Quebec City
Quebec, March 19, 2015 – Prominent Canadian actors, musicians, and authors including Indigenous rights advocate and actress Tantoo Cardinal, Juno award winning artists Claire Boucher (Grimes) and Sarah Harmer, and best selling journalist and author Naomi Klein are urging people across Canada to come to Quebec City to march for the climate on April 11.
“I’m booking a train ticket to Quebec City for April 11th to Act on Climate! This is one of those vital times where we need to lead our leaders,” said Juno-nominated musician Sarah Harmer. “Join the thousands who will be there to push our provincial leaders to act now to develop a low carbon economy in Canada.”
People across Canada are invited to push for federal and provincial action to combat a growing climate crisis and transition the country to renewable energy.
“We need to leave the oil in the ground and move to wind and solar,” said actress and Order of Canada recipient Tantoo Cardinal. “It’s time our Prime Minister and our premiers went beyond fear, greed and control and use this opportunity to weave a new paradigm. Your grandchildren will thank you.”
The mobilization on April 11th is scheduled three days before provincial and territorial leaders are to meet in Quebec City for a special meeting to talk about climate change. Organizers expect thousands of people from all over Canada to take part in the demonstration.
“I am supporting this march because it’s time for governments to tell us that they recognize the new economic reality – the changing world attitudes to oil and its volatility, the world-wide increase in renewables, the fact that, despite lack of subsidies, there are more Canadian jobs now in renewables than in oil,” said Booker prize winning author Margaret Atwood.
“The only thing standing between this world and environmental catastrophe is us,” said Claire Boucher (Grimes). “On April 11th, we our elected leaders must turn away from the tarsands and act on climate.”
The list of artists also includes, Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson, musician and artist Yasmine Van Wilt a.k.a. Van Wild, and actress and model Shannon Baker.
“There has never been a better time to transform not just how we generate power but who benefits from that power,” said author and journalist Naomi Klein. “With prices plummeting, the oil and gas industry is in crisis, and they are demanding a fresh wave of government handouts and subsidizes. That’s insane. Public money does need to be spent, but it needs to go towards building a clean and just economy — before climate change overtakes us.”
People are encouraged to sign-up to attend the march at http://act-on-climate.ca/