COP21

Climate activists deliver strong message on Parliament Hill

Ottawa rally participants explain what climate justice means to them
Nicky Young

On the eve of the UN climate summit in Paris, an unprecedented global day of action demanded real climate action, with strong showings in cities and towns across Canada.

In Ottawa, thousands marched to Parliament Hill to deliver a message that a shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels was “100% possible.” Ricochet’s Nicky Young interviewed environmentalists, labour activists, and Indigenous leaders at the Ottawa climate action.

"We're here today because Canadians have a role in taking care of the Earth," explained Gabrielle Dupuis, an activist with Development and Peace.

Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, addressing the crowd at Parliament Hill, urged Canadians and their politicians not to be afraid of the power of the oil and gas industry: "Mr. Trudeau, you're going to be a lot stronger if you stand with us than if you stand with them."

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