5,000km on One Wheel for Climate Action! That's the journey Joseph Boutilier will be making across Canada during the Unity for the Climate campaign. Please view the full website or update your web browser for a better experience. Click here to do so.
Thanks to your enthusiastic help and support, Joseph has made it through five Canadian provinces and three US states and is now less than two days away from his final destination: Parliament Hill.
But, as he notes, the ride is “the easy part.” While in Ottawa, Joseph hopes to get real commitments from elected leaders across the political spectrum to raise the priority of addressing climate change. To do this effectively, he needs you to add your voice the debate. If you’re in Ottawa, please join Joseph and others at his arrival on Parliament Hill this Monday (September 15) at 12pm. If you have friends or family in the capital, please encourage them to attend this important event.
Lots of things have happened since Joseph left Victoria on April 5. Some are terrifying and others are very hopeful. A leaked draft of the next UN IPCC report warns of runaway warming, strangled food production, devastating heat waves and unprecedented floods that could drown thousands of coastal communities. And another report revealed that C02 emissions increased at a faster rate in 2013 than any other year in the past three decades. On the other hand, Obama introduced an ambitious new carbon-reduction strategy and China has pledged to introduce a powerful emissions-scrubbing carbon market in 2016. This is amazing news and puts even more pressure on Canada to act.
The ride might end on Monday, but the journey is just beginning. On September 21, Joseph will bus down to New York along with hundreds of other Canadians to join the largest protest in the history of the climate movement. On September 28, he’ll be back in Ottawa for ClimateFast; a four-day fast and series of events to call for climate justice and action. With your help, September could well be the month that Canada finally begins to take global warming seriously.
If you can’t make it to Ottawa, there’s still lots you can do. Send a letter to your local MP to tell them about Joseph’s ride and encourage them to take action. See if they’ve signed the ClimateFast pledge and if not, ask them to take this simple step to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. If they’re in an opposition caucus, forward them Joseph’s open letter to opposition party leaders.
Share news of Joseph’s journey on Facebook or Twitter and help bolster the demonstration of willpower for climate action. Check out the in-kind donors and sponsors on the bottom of the official homepage and thank them for their contributions.
Three prominent MPs have agreed to meet with Joseph after the noon rally to demonstrate their support: NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie, Liberal Environment Critic John McKay and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Why not sending them a note to thank them for their actions?
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has not yet responded to Joseph’s requests for a meeting. Join Joseph in calling for answers on past promises to address global warming by contacting The Honourable Minister. Joseph has outlined these concerns inan editorial in The Hill Times.
Last but not least, there’s still time to join the People’s Climate March in New York! Some 400 busses and trains are headed to the event, including many from Canadian cities. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq will be at the UN summit, and the march through the city will demonstrate a powerful consensus across North America for all nations to take urgent steps to reduce emissions.
For more information on Joseph’s journey and his aims on Parliament Hill, don’t forget to check out the website, or read this recent interview with the Alternatives Journal.
Thanks to your interest, support, donations and assistance, Joseph will soon be able to stand up in front of Parliament Hill to call for a sustainable future. And thanks to you, we’re already building unity for the climate.