For Voters across the nation, climate change is the most important issue

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Canadians across the country are publicly
showing that climate change is a key voting issue this election. In the past
two weeks Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) has distributed over
1000 'I'm voting for REAL action on climate change' lawn signs to citizens
across the country, adding to the 1000 already on people's lawns from Victoria
to St. John's and Whitehorse to Hamilton.

    In addition to displaying the signs in their yards, Canadians are now
expressing their calls for action on a new web-based map of Canada. This map,
found on the VTACC web site, provides a forum for people to voice their
concerns about climate change.

    To access the map go to:

    "As a working mother of two young children, I knew that my vote in this
election was going to be about climate change. People all around me were
saying the same thing. VTACC wanted to provide an opportunity for everyday
Canadians -- parents, grandparents, teachers, students -- to publicly show
that climate change is their number one voting issue." says Andrea Chapman, a
director of VTACC. "The response has been phenomenal."

    "Why has John Baird, the environment minister, been silent this whole
campaign? Why has Prime Minister Harper not had to defend his inaction on
climate change this election?" asks Quincy Young, a director of VTACC. "The
response to our lawn signs has been overwhelming - hundreds of requests came
pouring in. This underscores the urgency that people feel regarding this
issue. We absolutely cannot afford 4 more years of promises and platitudes. We
need real action and we need it now."

    Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) is a community-based,
grassroots organization that mobilizes Canadians to get engaged politically to
combat global warming. VTACC is entirely volunteer run and is not affiliated
with any political party.

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Chapman: (604) 838-7894; Quincy Young:
(604) 806-9026, pager: (604) 252-4691,

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