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article imageCanadians Unite in Action Against Climate Change Special

By Bob Gordon     Oct 25, 2009 in Environment
Yesterday across Canada activists united to discuss positive ways to reduce atmospheric carbon and greenhouses gases on the International Day of Climate Action.
About 150 events were staged across Canada from people drumming in St. John's, Newfoundland and riding bikes in Montreal, Quebec to churches ringing bells in Victoria, British Columbia.
In Ottawa approximately 1,000 activists gathered in front of the Parliament buildings. Kara Tomtak, a McGill University student, with 'Shut down the tar sands' painted on her face told a Xinhua news agency reporter, “We're the No.1 worst CO2 emitter per capital in the world because (Alberta's) tar sands produce so much greenhouse gases. We want them to shut down.”
In Toronto marchers wore clocks around their necks and chanted, 'tic, toc, tic, toc' as they paraded to Queen's Park to listen to speeches. In Vancouver banners were hung from the Cambie Street bridge and approximately 5,000 activists enjoyed a street festival of music and arts on Pacific Boulevard.
Banbury School  Calgary  Alberta  Canada
At Banbury school, we made cupcakes in a 350 and had a big sale after. We'll send the money to you. If we don't get down to 350, there will be floods, there will be droughts, and there will be other bad things Love, Katie
350.org
While large demonstrations were held in the capital and major metropolitan centres its was also very evident that this was a nationwide, grassroots movement. At Banbury School in Calgary, Alberta students held a bake sale, but only after they had arranged the cupcakes into a 350. Across the country in New Brunswick farmer Peter Vido scythed a 350 into one of his fields.
In Guelph, Ontario St George's United Church hosted an afternoon of environmental activities for children and had a speaker program for adults in the evening. According to Allie Morrison, a local project coordinator for Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Guelph, it was “an opportunity to introduce environmental activities to children and to network with other activists.”
From coast to coast Canadians united to celebrate, to network, to bike and to bake on the International Day of Climate Action.
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