Canada’s new PM gets ‘Climate Welcome’ as citizens set out hopes for real change

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Just one day after Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn into office, activists are camping out in front of his new Ottawa home today reminding him to “get to work on real climate action.” Organized by 350.org, 40 people kicked off the first day of the “Climate Welcome,” while hundreds more will take part in the four day sit-in facing the Prime Minister’s official residence. Demonstrators are delivering a series of “welcome gifts,” including solar panels, scientific reports, broken treaties with First Nations and petitions objecting to tar sands projects. As protesters risk arrest, they are demanding that the Trudeau government draw on the momentum ahead of UN climate meetings in Paris this December by freezing expansion on tar sands projects, and by committing to “build a clean energy economy.”

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  • Trudeau promised “real change” on climate, and people are holding him to his word. Canadians from all walks of life are risking arrest by camping out in front of the symbolic official residence of the Prime Minister to show him that they are serious when it comes to their climate. With just a few short weeks weeks ahead of climate talks in Paris, Trudeau has a crucial window of opportunity to step up for the climate on behalf of his country.
  • Canadians are more hopeful than ever for a future that respects jobs, justice and the environment. After 10 years in office, voters ousted Canada’s conservative government in favour of a more progressive vision for their country. After it was revealed that Justin Trudeau kept his promise of gender parity in his cabinet yesterday, and added “climate change” to the new Minister of Environment’s title, expectations are running high for him to live up to claims of robust change for people and the planet.

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