[The following is a post by Hamilton 350 member Ute Schmid Jones that she originally put on Facebook.]
As COP 24 continues to unfold in Poland, more than 40 climate activists gathered in #Hamont in front of the office of Member of Parliament for Hamilton-West-Ancaster-Dundas to reinforce the pressure on our Federal Government to act with #GlobalResponsibility on our national commitment to reduce our carbon emissions.
The rally, was to coincide with Filomena Tassi's scheduled meeting with a local climate advisory committee, in order to put media pressure on the MP. Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled earlier this week and so the activists were not given a public statement on the outcome of that consultation and meeting.
Each rally participant was instead encouraged to fill out a "visitor" information document that described their reason for "visiting the MP's Office". It is hoped that not only will Tassi read each submitted document, but that she will also respond to each in a timely matter. It is after all, the eve of an election year, and these Canadians are making it clear that they want to see their locally elected representatives step up on #climateaction.
Thank you to each community member who came out to stand in the cold today. Thank you to those who spoke at the microphone with passion... you inspire me. Thank you to those who drove by our rally and honked in solidarity.
This series of photos opens with a video introduction by Don McLean, the current chair of Hamilton 350 and concludes with some words from Grant Linney, the current chair of Hamilton Blue Dot. We will continue to demand better from our elected representatives.
In response to the COP 24 meeting of global governments to improve the Paris Climate Accord, Hamilton residents will rally on Friday afternoon outside the offices of MP Filomena Tassi, federal Minister of Seniors.
See below for the poster for our action on December 7!
“Claim the Climate” march of 65,000 in Brussels marks start of COP 24 http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/big-brussels-climate-march-marks-cop24-start/article/538135;
Large AP article also in Hamilton Spectator on Monday on COP 24 https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-peterborough-examiner/20181203/281672551012449
UK Guardian coverage of COP 24 says world is “on the verge of climate catastrophe” and “has probably staggered beyond a crucial point of no return https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/02/world-verge-climate-catastophe
David Attenborough tells COP 24 that the "collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizons" if no urgent action is taken against global warming. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/david-attenborough-us-climate-change-warning-1.4930189 Also coverage in the Spectator at https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9064501-un-chief-climate-change-is-most-important-issue-we-face-/
CBC story on opening of COP 24 calls it “the most important UN meeting on global warming since the landmark 2015 Paris deal to shift away from fossil fuels” https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/climate-change-talks-katowice-poland-paris-accord-1.4929385
World at a crossroads says BBC story on COP 24 and notes unprecedented call from former UN presidents https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057
On the eve of the COP 24 conference, the European Union is calling for carbon net zero by 2050 for its 28 member states https://www.dw.com/en/eu-aims-to-be-climate-neutral-by-2050/a-46493187
Oxfam says COP 24 decisions are life and death https://reliefweb.int/report/world/cop24-governments-face-life-and-death-decisions-says-oxfam;
United Nations explains the critical significance of COP 24 and what needs to be achieved https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/11/1026851;