BLOG: Vancouver youth connect with community on climate action

BLOG: Vancouver youth connect with community on climate action

By Marlo Firme

–Posted June 19, 2017–

At their Point Grey neighborhood carnival, Rebecca and Naomi showed what it’s like to take the lead on climate action.

These longtime friends and high school students gathered upwards of 50 signatures for a parliamentary petition that focuses on climate change and youth, a group disproportionately affected by climate change. Kids as young as age 5, as well as adults, were eager to sign the petition.

The day before tabling at the carnival, Rebecca met with her provincial government representative, NDP MLA David Eby. She would like to get in touch with her federal government representative, Liberal MP Joyce Murray, as well to work together on climate change.

The federal government signed the Paris Agreement, which commits Canada to doing its fair share in keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. However, the federal government’s pledged target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is woefully inadequate and there is a lack of policy ensuring Canada will meet that target.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Canada applauds the federal government‘s plan to price carbon pollution. At the same time, CCL Canada advocates for improvements to the federal government’s carbon pricing plan. The petition calls on the federal government to make some of these improvements, including setting greenhouse gas emissions targets based on science, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and increasing carbon pricing past 2022.

If you would like to help gather signatures for this petition, you can print out this copy and mail it to Citizens’ Climate Lobby, 1788 W  Broadway #602, Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1 by September 30, 2017.

Rebecca (left) and Naomi (right) at the Point Grey Fiesta at Trimble Park in Vancouver, BC