Montreal, May 26 2016 – More than 150 local residents, constituents, and community members packed an auditorium in Concordia University’s Hall building yesterday to demand bold action on climate change. The town hall meeting was hosted by Marc Miller, MP for Ville-Marie- Le Sud-Ouest- Ile-des-Soeurs as part of public consultation leading up to the drafting of Canada’s national climate strategy.

PeopleClimatePlanParticipants brought forward the “People’s Climate Plan”, a plan that demands that the Federal government create a national climate plan that aligns with the science of climate change by keeping fossil fuels in the ground, building a 100% clean energy economy and enshrining justice and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples.

“We are staring down the barrel of a gun being held up by the fossil fuel industry,” said Kristen Perry, a student of McGill University. “If the Liberal government wants to keep its international climate commitments, then it needs to put its money where its mouth is, and cut fossil fuel subsidies and begin the transition towards 100% renewable energy.”

Hundreds have registered to take part in nine climate consultation town halls this week in ridings across the country. This week’s public consultations are the first being held across Canada in the lead up to the creation of the federal government’s national climate strategy, set to be released in the fall.

A storify with photos from the event can be found here.

The People’s Climate Plan is organized and supported by a collective of organizations and local groups. The campaign is mobilising Canadians to demand that the Federal government’s National Climate Strategy include three core principles: that the strategy align with the science of climate change and ensures Canada keeps its commitments 1.5C world, that it builds an 100% renewable energy economy, and that it is justice-based and enshrines justice and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.

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