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Montreal chapter tables at Westmount climate change awareness gathering

Earth Hour, Montreal

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter participated in Earth Hour at a City of Westmount event on Saturday March 25.

Chapter activist Abdul Pirani tells us, “The environment committee of Westmount invited individuals, organisations and communities to celebrate the event at Victoria Hall. There were about twenty exhibitors and the Montreal chapter had a table to highlight the Council of Canadians and its work related to water and its protection in many facets to help fight the climate change.”

Westmount is a city – an enclave within the City of Montreal – situated on the Island of Montreal. The City of Westmount Healthy City Project-Environment Committee is a citizen’s advisory group made up of local residents whose aim is to promote a healthy environment in their community.

Earth Hour, MontrealCTV reports, “Many Canadians took part in the 10th annual Earth Hour by turning out their lights for an hour. The event started at 8:30 p.m. local time and encouraged people to turn off as much electricity as they could to bring awareness to renewable energy sources that don’t contribute to climate change.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – who is a Montreal-area Member of Parliament – is failing to act to address climate change.

The Toronto Star reports, “Environment Canada is projecting that, based on policies in place last November, the country was on pace to miss its reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, pumping out at least 30 per cent more than promised that year. The report describes the projections [not as a forecast, but] as an educated guess based on policies in place as of Nov. 1, 2016.”

The Council of Canadians calls on the Trudeau government to act responsibly by stopping its approvals of major carbon-emitting projects, ending fossil fuel subsidies, setting meaningful and scientifically-based emission reduction targets, and committing to a 100 per cent clean energy economy for 2050.