How to tackle climate change – saying nothing of whether to establish it as fact – is a polluted issue among Canada’s politicians.
I can say with reasonable certainty that many Canadians have little to incomplete knowledge of where their representatives stand on the matter.
This is concerning for two reasons: 1. Addressing climate change is hella important! (Canadians consider the environment the top election issue). And 2. There’s a federal election in October.
That’s why four advocacy groups have partnered to launch a petition calling on the CBC to host a climate change debate before polls open this fall.
“We have thousands of signatures urging CBC to host a climate debate, and this Friday (that’s today!), we’re hand-delivering each and every one of these signatures to CBC’s headquarters in downtown Toronto,” reads the campaign. In addition to delivering the petition, supporters are encouraged to chant, sing, and make noise.
Here are the details:
When: Friday August 9, 12 pm ET
Where: 250 Front Street West (downtown Toronto)
What: Petition delivery, chants, songs, noisemaking
Who: You, your friends, family, pets – all are welcome!
“We look to political leaders to lead on serious issues like climate change, but there’s so much misinformation and confusion,” said Amara Possian, Canada Campaigns Manager with 350.org, one of the advocacy groups behind the initiative. “A federal leaders’ debate focused on climate change and a made-in-Canada Green New Deal will give voters much-needed clarity on which parties have the best strategy to tackle the climate crisis head on.”
Drinking game should the climate change debate happen: take a shot every time you hear the word ‘pipeline’.