This past weekend, on the eve of the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, 34 Council of Canadians chapters mobilized to say that a 100% clean economy is 100% possible by 2050. This mobilization included the Ottawa, Peterborough and Montreal chapters who took part in the 25,000 person march in Ottawa to Parliament Hill.
We are now hearing these reports:
- Campbell River chapter activist Rich Hagensen notes, "We had 150 people in attendance. It included great speeches by our newly elected NDP MP Rachel Blaney and acting Mayor of Campbell River Michelle Babchuck and others. Fantastic original songs by Nancy Nash and Smokey Dymny. And a one mile march down the main street of downtown Campbell River."
- Duncan chapter activist Donna Cameron tells us, "We had about 150 people turn up for the Climate March. It was a great event, full of hope."
- Guelph chapter activist Norah Chaloner says, "Songs and dance from James Gordon and the Funky Mamas, local MP and MPP plus other speakers from City Hall, the Muslim Society, the Christian faith groups, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice, the University of Guelph, the Green Party, Climate Change Lobby and Wellington Water Watchers, Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral, and media! A great rally in Guelph!"
- Powell River chapter activist Trish Cocksedge tells us, "Powell River had a great turnout for the march."
- Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "There was about 100 at the march at noon from City Hall."
- Thunder Bay chapter activist Ruth Cook highlights, "We had about 200 people for the walk."
- And former Red Deer chapter activist Ken Collier tells us that even though there isn't a chapter in Mission, several Council of Canadians supporters were out for the march in that community.
And chapters received a significant amount of media attention both prior to and on the day of the climate marches, including:
- Campbell River: Campbell River Mirror
- Guelph: Guelph Mercury
- Inverness County: Cape Breton Post, CBC News
- Prince Edward Island: CBC News
- Saint John: CTV News
- St. John's: The Independent, The Telegram, VOCM
- Sudbury: Northern Life, Sudbury Star, Northern Life
- Terrace: Terrace Standard
- Westman: Westman Journal
- Windsor: Windsor Star
Please see below a photo-stream of wonderful images from Council of Canadians chapter actions this past weekend.