ecoSanity at Reclaim Earth Day: U-Turn on Climate Change! Sunday, April 20, 2008, Toronto

 

ecoSanity.org is a core participant in the Toronto Climate Campaign (TCC), a coalition of representatives from unions, environmental and social justice organizations, students, and citizens whose key initiative is to educate, motivate and mobilize a collective mass- movement to demand equitable and just solutions to global warming.

The following is the opening speech given by ecoSanity.org Founder, Glenn MacIntosh, on behalf of the Toronto Climate Campaign (TCC)

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Great to see you all here and our sincere thanks for coming out to support this terrific event!

I’m Glenn MacIntosh, Founder of ecoSanity.org, a core participant in the Toronto Climate Campaign, and I’m honored to have been asked to say a few words on this special occasion.

The Toronto Climate Campaign is a coalition of representatives from unions, environmental and social justice organizations, students, and citizens whose key initiative is to educate, motivate and mobilize a collective mass-movement to demand equitable and just solutions to global warming.

Our goal is to effect an urgent shift by governments, businesses and institutions toward aggressive policies that promote sustainable living for all peoples and all species.

Our immediate demand: KYOTO NOW!

With great success, the TCC organized the Toronto contingent of the D8: Global Day of Action this past December.

Over 2500 Torontonians took to the streets in solidarity with people in 37 cities across Canada and more than 70 countries around the world.

This year, D8 will be D6, December 6th, a date set by climate change groups worldwide as an international call-out to join this urgent, global movement.

In only a few, short months, our largely non-corporate endorsements have grown from about 15 organizations, groups and unions for D8, to almost 50 for Reclaim Earth Day.

We’ve got some big ideas and we need all of you to help us make the Toronto installment of the D6 Global Day of Action the broadest, most representative, most inclusive public mobilization it can be!

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In April, 1970, the environmental movement burst onto the political stage with one of the largest grassroots demonstrations ever seen!

With 20 to 25 million people who answered the call, it could not be ignored.

Its success forced governments to take unprecedented action to enact new laws and reforms, and this event is another major step toward building that kind of mass-movement in Canada.

Some of you may have noticed the irony of beginning at the centre of this cement square in the heart of our urban metropolis.

Well today we offer a little of the spirit we must recapture, a little of the collective soul we must all seek to retrieve, and in this ceremonial tree, a little of the natural world we all need to restore to settings like this, and to every aspect of our daily lives on a massive, global scale – FAST!

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Global emissions since 2000 are not only accelerating, but at a pace double that of the 1990’s.

Food prices are spiking worldwide and the direct result of decades of excess and inaction on the part of the governments of rich nations like ours is that the poorest, least responsible and least able to cope are suffering and dying right now.

Even the presumption of a livable world for the generation of today’s children is in increasingly serious, scientific doubt.

So if you think events like this need to happen more often…

If you think a mass movement needs to rise up and speak out to get laws changed to prioritize, preserve, restore, the natural systems that sustain our very survival…

SACRIFICE THE STARBUCKS!

Give a few dollars to the folks coming around with buckets.

Sign the Greenpeace Kyoto-Plus petition and help them exceed their 1 million signature goal.

Sign the Streets are for People petition against car culture and…

Sign up to volunteer with the Toronto Climate Campaign, Greenpeace Canada, ecoSanity.org and others.

We’ve got a great line-up for you today – The New Kings – The Unity Singers…

We’re gonn’a parade into a U-turn on climate change and make our way to the incomparable Streets are for People street festival on John Street that, believe me, you will not wann’a miss.

Thank you all for being here.

Let’s have a fun, impactful and, above all, safe afternoon!

 

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