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UPDATE: Major environmental demonstration planned for Montreal, April 22 at 2 pm

A massive demonstration is being planned for April 22 in Montreal.

The declaration for the day of action states, in part, “We affirm that we support development: 
When it is sustainable, when it is powered increasingly by renewable energy, when it utilizes green and ecologically-friendly transportation, when it practices fair trade, when it respects natural habitats and sustainable agriculture. We say it is paramount to work towards an economy where prosperity is synonymous with an ecologically conscious quality of life; We gather to denounce this country’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, the degradation of our environment due to oil sands development, the current non-sustainable operating models for mining and forestry, the high-risk exploitation of shale gas, oil, and uranium and the use of nuclear energy in our territory;…”

The groups organizing the day – which include many of our allies from the ‘Indignez-Vous!’ conference held in Montreal last October and those we are working with toward a Canada-Quebec-First Nations social forum to be held in 2013 or 2014 – are Alter Citoyens, Alternatives, Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), Commun, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal, Équiterre, FarWeb.tv, Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Fondation David Suzuki, Greenpeace, Jour de la Terre Québec, Maison du développement durable, Nature Québec and Piknic Electronik.

A video promoting the rally – in French – can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDv-lMVbjNs&feature=youtu.be. A 90-second video in English – featuring dancer/ choreographer Margie Gillis – promoting the rally can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB5T3PNZ0Rk.

The rally starts at 2 pm at the Place des Festivals – in the Quartier des Spectacles.

To sign the declaration – through the David Suzuki Foundation website – go to http://action.davidsuzuki.org/22-april.

More at 22avril.org.