(Photo from 350.org, San Francisco Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice march)
On Sept 8th over 250,000 people joined 900 events, in 95 countries, demanding real action on climate, towards a fossil fuel free future. Watch this inspiring video compilation from 350.org.
In San Francisco alone over 30,000 people marched for climate, jobs and justice, led by Indigenous Peoples.
The Council of Canadians was a Canadian partner in the global day of action, encouraging our chapters and supporters to participate. Here is a compilation of some of our chapters hitting the streets to demand an end to fossil fuel expansion, and plan for a just transition to sustainable energy production and consumption.
In Montreal, the Council chapter partnered with 350.org, Leap Montreal, Climate Justice Montreal, and Montreal Elders against Kinder Morgan Pipeline, to host a rally and film screening.
The Nelson chapter joined local groups in a creative action featuring oversized puppets sending a clear message. As quoted in the Nelson Star, "We'll be calling on Canadian leaders to save the trees, stop the smoke and reduce fossil fuels to cut down on the extremes of climate change," said Sandra Hartline of the Nelson chapter. "There is no doubt that climate change is already causing catastrophe, and if we don't do more it will get much worse."
This photo by Mary Morgan shows our Power River chapter joining their local event.
In Guelph the chapter joined local groups in a colourful rally (photo credit: Guelph against Pipelines).
Lynn Armstrong, Chair of the Delta-Richmond Chapter ensured the Council was part of the Rise up event in Vancouver.
The London chapter also joined the local day of action with their KM pipeline black snake.
The Edmonton chapter worked with the Keepers of the Athabasca and Climate Justice Edmonton to host a screening of the film Directly Affected followed by a community strategy session on next steps in the fight against Trans Mountain.
The Saskatoon chapter had a hundred people gather for their rally with a welcome and opening prayer from Indigenous elder Diane Rhodeswith. There was music and speeches focusing on the limits of Planet Earth, the growing resistance to new fossil fuel projects including Trans Mountain, line 3 (led by the Spirit of the Buffalo camp in southern Manitoba), and CUPW's inspiring Delivering Community Power campaign.
Regina and Waterloo chapters also took to the streets on September 8th.