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September 01, 2021

Grey County "Canada is on Fire" climate march slated for Sep 8

Canada is on Fire protest September 8, 2021

BY JOHN BUTLER — Local citizens have organized a Climate Action March for Grey County folks and their neighbors on Wednesday September 8th in Owen Sound, one of many such marches across Canada supported by the climate advocacy organization 350.org’s “Canada on Fire” campaign.

It will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early). The march starts and ends at Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, 88 8th Street East, Owen Sound (just behind City Hall). Participants should register their attendance at: https://act.350.org/event/stil... (necessary for contact tracing purposes during pandemic times). Masks, social distancing, and Covid self-assessment tests are required.

Say the event organizers:

"We are in the midst of an urgent climate emergency, but our politicians aren’t acting like it. The United Nations calls the situation a Code Red for Humanity. Yet, despite years of increasingly catastrophic weather events, Canadian policies addressing emissions to protect our air, water, land, and life remain woefully inadequate. That is why we march on September 8th – the day of the French Federal Leaders’ debate and the day before the English Federal Leaders’ debate.

Under the rallying cry Climate Emergency – Act Like It, we demand politicians muster the courage, resources, and decisiveness to:

  • exceed our Paris Agreement emissions targets
  • make a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy
  • halt fossil fuel subsidization
  • increase protection for our carbon-capturing forests, oceans, freshwater systems and wetlands
  • strengthen our sustainable agricultural practices, and
  • publish, report on and meet annual accountability targets for ALL of the above.

We call on fellow citizens to join us on September 8th. By acting as a community to demand change, we prioritize the climate crisis and advocate for a sustainable and just society. We can do even more by embracing a sustainable way of living. If we don’t come together on this issue today, we close our eyes to an unimaginable legacy of harm impacting future generations.”

March organizers will have reusable signs for those who want them, and March representatives will deliver a handout to the three Federal candidates with offices in Owen Sound during the March.

 


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