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Nelson chapter co-sponsors Climate Teach-In, Feb. 24

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The Council of Canadians Nelson chapter.

The Council of Canadians Nelson chapter is co-sponsoring the Nelson Climate Teach-in on Feb. 24.

The Nelson Daily reports, “Join local experts to discuss how Canada can reach our climate targets, at a special Teach-in at Nelson United Church. The free event includes a special advocacy action to tell Canada’s leaders what you think. The Nelson Climate Teach-in is at 7 pm, on Wednesday, February 24th at Nelson United Church, 602 Silica Street.”

The forum is also sponsored by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, Kairos, Citizens Climate Lobby, Kootenays for a Pipeline-Free BC and Nelson United Church.

The Council of Canadians supports the Leap Manifesto, notably these demands:

  • The leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land, starting by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  • The latest research shows we could get 100% of our electricity from renewable resources within two decades; by 2050 we could have a 100% clean economy. We demand that this shift begin now.

  • No new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future. The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.

  • We want training and resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring they are fully able to participate in the clean energy economy.

  • We call for an end to all trade deals that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.

Council of Canadians chapters are mobilizing around Feb. 29, International Leap Day, in advance of the federal-provincial first ministers climate change meeting on March 3 in Vancouver.

Further reading
Council of Canadians calls on first ministers to “leap” at March 3 summit in Vancouver (Feb. 11, 2016)