With just a few weeks until May 10th, preparations are well under way in cities all across the country. In the east coast, event posters are ready to hit the streets! In cities like Toronto and Montreal there’s talk of large marches and exciting speakers taking part. And out west – well, let’s face it, organizing environmental actions are in their DNA.
This year’s demonstrations are even unleashing people’s impressive inner artists. In addition to rallies, there will be art builds in diverse communities with participants from all walks of life. That’s something that never fails to move us. The sheer scale and variety of citizens demanding a serious conversation on climate change has been awe-inspiring, to say the least.
It’s time now to remind elected and public officials that what we want is breathable air and healthy communities. We live in a country where the impacts of extreme weather conditions are felt from coast to coast. Last season’s polar vortex, which shocked and awed with the harshest winter of the past 25 years, was reminder enough to take drastic weather fluctuations seriously.
At the time of writing, people in New Brunswick are cleaning up after homes and businesses have been destroyed by high waters – and the threat of more flooding still hangs over the province. These are just some of the many climate stories that are unfolding daily.
We must step up and challenge industry when they tell us that continued fossil fuel development is inevitable. As scientists, indigenous communities and environmentalists warn us with urgency, we must be in active pursuit of sustainable solutions. There are clean energy alternatives that would bring good, green jobs.
On May 10th let’s make our voices heard, again!
Wishing you all a vibrant and creative lead up to the national day of action.