Feb. 19, 2009 — On the occasion of U.S. President, Barack Obama’s first visit to Canada, ecoSanity.org traveled to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to expose the urgent global emergency and social injustices posed by the devastating impacts of climate change.
ecoSanity.org calls on President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to officially declare the climate crisis to be a planetary emergency based on what the most eminent experts now warn is the clear, present, unprecedented and accelerating threat of runaway global heating and risk of catastrophic global climate destabilization. We are long past the point of dangerous interference with the climate system, and we — our species and most others — cannot survive the extremes that are predicted to ensue within the lifetimes of today’s children if we delay emergency action any longer.
“The crowds grew thicker as Obama’s motorcade approached Parliament, where a crowd of about 2,500 people included some demonstrators – not against Obama, but rather, in support of the progressive change on which he campaigned. One banner reading “Climate Emergency” said it all.” — Obama and Harper forge common front, Mitch Potter, Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star
- More ecoSanity.org pics on flickr
- Climate Emergency Campaign
- Harper: Race to Extinction Campaign
- Greenpeace “welcomes Obama” with giant banners on Alexandria Bridge
- Coverage of Obama visit to Canada, CBC
- Video Summary, Obama visit to Canada, Keith Boag, CBC
- Opinion: Obama’s elan & trumped up ‘clean energy dialogue’, Globe & Mail
- Opinion: Obama in Canada: When hope met apathy, Huffington Post
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