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Unity for the Climate is a grassroots project and campaign, supported by the involvement of people like yourself. There’s a huge range of ways you can participate to raise awareness, increase political will and provoke the federal government to help us address climate change. Below are just a few of the ways that you can help; Unity for the Climate also counts wholeheartedly on your innovative ideas and initiatives.
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Spread the Word
Every act of sharing the message helps to foster a loud, strong, cohesive voice in the fight against climate change. Talking to your friends and family about the issues at stake is an invaluable contribution to the campaign. There are a ton of other ways you can help spread the word:
Petition Your MP
Petition your local MP to commit to solid deliverables for reversing the effects of climate change, to work across party lines to push for more ambitious targets at the next United Nations climate change conference, to respect first nations treaties and inherent land rights in your community and to free federal scientists from government muzzling.
The journey from Victoria to Ottawa relies on the support of hundreds. If you live or have a business along the route, you can sponsor the journey by offering a meal or a bed for one night. Myself and others on the journey may also occasionally need bicycle repairs, extra parts and equipment. If you think you can help, get in touch!
… Or Donate Cash
Monetary donations will be used exclusively to help spread the word about Unity for the Climate, the climate change crisis and related environmental issues in Canada. Your generous support will help us publish and distribute promotions and host events to drastically enhance the reach of the campaign. NOTE: Unity for the Climate is not a registered charity or a registered non-profit. Unfortunately we cannot provide tax receipts for donations. Donate now!
Volunteers are needed both along for the journey and stationed in communities across Canada. Roles will largely be self-defined, but existing volunteers and participants will help you to get started. Roles include:
Organize an Event in Your Community
This is a big one! Events are backbone of our momentum. If you live in or near a community along the route, organize a rally, concert or panel discussion centered on the issue of climate change. Contact us to check if there are other events planned; we can provide ideas for locations, coordinate with existing offers of in-kind services like catering, and tell you when the travelers are expected to pass through your community. Due to the transient nature of the journey, it’s vital for event coordinators to use social media as a means to organize and mobilize.
Make the Journey
The ultimate contribution for those able is to join all or part of the 5,000-kilometer journey from the westcoast of Canada to Ottawa, starting in Victoria or the community closest to your home. Participants will travel approximately 30km every day using a range of self-propelled transportation. Runners and cyclists will travel in a group on highways and trails along the designated route. Others may travel via train or bus and join campaign events and actions. Check the Social page and Blog for regular updates on the trip progress, including event dates and predicted arrival times for each community. Details on the arrival at Parliament Hill will be announced in early August.
If you’re planning to join for any part the journey, please carefully note the following!
Still want to join? We’ll be thrilled to welcome you as key player in the campaign to restore environmental justice and action on climate change in Canada! Please indicate your intentions to participate by contacting us; we’ll send you more information when it becomes available and let you know if there may be a support vehicle or any accommodations available to you.