FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2nd November 2018
"Trudeau: Pull up your socks on climate change"
Approximately 50 people stood in the rain outside Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver last night, determined to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was scheduled to attend a $1,500-per-plate Liberal fundraising event inside.
With signs reading "Trudeau: Pull up your socks on climate change!" and "Climate Action Now!" and "LNG = Climate Change," concerned citizens created a chorus with drums and pots and pans as they waited for more than three hours for the Prime Minister's convoy to appear.
"Scientists have warned us that we have twelve years to limit climate change catastrophe," said Tracey Saxby, marine scientist and Executive Director of My Sea to Sky. "People are angry about the lack of real climate action from our leaders, and we're scared about the very real consequences that climate change is already having on our communities.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government continues to expand fossil fuel production, by approving Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities, and the recent Kinder Morgan pipeline purchase. This is not climate leadership."
The federal Liberals continue to cave in to pressure from the fossil fuel industry, with the most recent proposal to lower the carbon tax on coal burning power plants to $1 per tonne.
"The Federal government is allowing the biggest carbon polluters to continue destroying our climate. Our children will be paying the price for that pollution."
As the Federal election approaches in 2019, citizens warn that this kind of action is just the beginning.
"This is a climate emergency," Saxby said. "We need urgent action from all levels of government to immediately reduce carbon pollution, and retrain oil and gas workers to help support the transition to a renewable energy economy. Our future depends on it."
Neither the Prime Minister nor local MPs Pamela Goldsmith-Jones or Jonathan Wilkinson stopped to speak with protesters.
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About My Sea to Sky
My Sea To Sky is a people-powered environmental organization that was founded in 2014 to defend, protect, and restore Howe Sound. We actively advocate against unsustainable industrial projects that threaten the environmental recovery of Howe Sound, and are working to develop a shared vision and plan to protect Howe Sound for future generations, and reduce human caused threats to Howe Sound. We do this by organizing educational events; coordinating research; building partnerships and respectful relationships; lifting up First Nations voices and culture; and facilitating public engagement with our municipal, provincial, and federal governments. We aim to inspire our community to become activists, and make it as simple as possible for people to take action at critical moments.
We inspire and empower British Columbians to safeguard the spectacular natural legacy of Howe Sound.
We envision a future in which Howe Sound’s (Átl’ka7tsem) thriving ecosystems support regenerative communities.
Our strategic priorities (2018 to 2023)
- Defend: Stop destructive projects that threaten the environmental integrity of Howe Sound.
- Protect: Develop a shared vision and plan to protect Howe Sound for future generations.
- Restore: Reduce human-caused threats to Howe Sound and support ecosystem restoration efforts.