A collective mobilizes the population to free society from fossil fuels and to save our climate
MONTREAL, March 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In the context where the tar sands may soon arrive in Quebec, where the Quebec government is accelerating the pace to engage in oil exploration, a large collective formed by environmental, citizen, labor, student and indigenous movements, supported by groups of medical physicians, scientists and artists, invites Quebec's citizens to join a Walk for Earth to be held on Sunday, April 21th, in Montreal, at 2 PM. This major gathering, in collaboration with Idle No More, will be part of a global movement to free society from fossil fuels and to solve the climate crisis while respecting the rights of future generations. The two spokespersons for the event are eco-sociologist Laure Waridel and actor Sébastien Huberdeau.
According to Laure Waridel, "while all over the world, people are mobilizing to bring forth an ecological society free of fossil fuel dependency, it is important to make our voices heard in solidarity with the peoples of Earth, but also with future generations who will suffer the consequences of the decisions we are making today." "So people of all horizons and from all generations are invited to take part in this great gathering" she concluded.
According to Sébastien Huberdeau, "The impacts of climate change are real and already felt around the world, particularly for the most vulnerable populations. It is still possible to limit the adverse effects of global warming, but more than ever, it is urgent to act now." "It's wake-up time, alarms are ringing. Therefore, walkers will be invited to have their alarms, dials, clocks and telephones ring at TWO o'clock, at the launch of the operation" he added.
During the press conference, the organizers presented the Walk for Earth Declaration, signed by more than 100 personalities from all backgrounds, who support the claims of the Walk. Among the signatories of the statement are Gilles Vigneault, Fred Pellerin, Ariane Moffatt, Chloé Sainte-Marie, Claude Béland, Caroline Dhavernas, Dominic Champagne, Mark Achbar, etc.
The Statement reports an alarming situation regarding the already observed impacts of the climate crisis and of our fossil fuel consumption, while defending the rights of future generations. It makes concrete demands to the governments of Quebec and Canada and calls for a shift to a green and social economy, free of fossil fuels and without depletion to our resources.
Citizens are invited to sign the Declaration by visiting www.marchepourlaterre.org.
ABOUT THE WALK FOR EARTH on April 21th, 2013
The Walk for Earth on April 21st, 2013 is the initiative of the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA), the David Suzuki Foundation, Earth Day Quebec, Environnement Jeunesse, Équiterre, Greenpeace and Nature Québec, supported by a broad range of groups from environmentalist, labor, student and indigenous movements, and by medical physicians, scientists and dozens of artists.
WHAT: Walk for Earth and collective awakening regarding the climate change crisis.
WHEN: Departure time is fixed at 2 pm at the Place des Festivals in Montreal (Place des arts Metro station). Participants are invited to have their alarms, dials, clocks and telephones ring at TWO o'clock precisely, to launch the activity. This "awakening" will be followed by a festive and family walk.
WHERE: Place des Festivals in Montreal at the corner of Sainte-Catherine West and Jeanne-Mance. Place des arts Metro station.
DECLARATION: To read and sign the Statement and to consult the list of signatories:
SOURCE: Marche pour la Terre
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