Silent Protest for Climate Action
As Canada's thirteen Premiers met in Whitehorse from July 20-22 as part of the Council of Federation, nearly 100 Yukoners marched downtown in a silent protest with a clear message to the country's top decision-makers: "Keep fossil fuels in the ground and give Canadians a clean energy future."
Holding signs and banners, the peaceful protesters wanted the visiting provincial and territorial leaders to know that Yukoners support strong action on climate change that will rapidly reduce emissions and ensure Canada plays its part in meeting the UN Paris Agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5-2C. MP Larry Bagnell joined the march, which commenced at Shipyards Park, proceeded up and down Second Avenue, and ended right outside the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, where the Premiers were meeting inside, discussing climate change among other issues.
The overwhelming scientific evidence points to the need to leave 80% of proven oil and gas reserves in the ground if we are to have a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change of 2C or more. Canada's emissions in 2015 were 732 megatonnes, and are on pace to continue increasing, despite the country's target of reducing emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
July 21, 2016
Yukoners Demand Climate Action from Canada's Premiers