Toronto Rally for Climate Justice on Friday
Friday February 1, 2013
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Convocation Hall – University of Toronto
The Call Out:
On Friday, February 1, join University of Toronto Environmental Action and other groups as we march from Convocation Hall to Queen's Park (south) to protest the injustice of government inaction on climate change. We'll listen to guest speakers including City Councillor Gord Perks, Greenpeace Canada campaigner Keith Stewart, and university & high school youth leaders, and deliver an open letter to federal, provincial, and territorial leaders.
At the recent COP18 conference, Canada was ranked 58th out of 61 countries for its action on climate change--the worst in the developed world. The current national goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a point 17% below 2005 levels. It is not ideal; however, meeting this target would go far in protecting Canadian citizens.
Current analysis by Environment Canada and the National Round Table on Environment and Economy shows that by 2020 all current and planned action by the federal, provincial and territorial governments will only achieve half of Canada's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a point 17% below the 2005 level.
This failure will lead to catastrophic future costs to be borne by us--students, youth, First Nations, and disadvantaged populations everywhere--even though we have very little power over Canada’s emissions.
This is unfair and unjust. This is intergenerational injustice.
For that reason, the University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA) group respectfully asks Prime Minister Harper and all the provincial and territorial Premiers to tell us today what action they will take now to be sure we reach the Canadian goal.
For more information, please see this link.