Friday, November, 29, 2019 - Today in St. Thomas, Ontario and all across the globe,
people of all ages inspired by Greta Thunberg and part of the #FridaysForFuture
climate strikes, were marching in the streets calling on elected leaders for action
on Climate Change.
Julie Berry was host and organizer of the St. Thomas Climate Strike action group
and delivered a message of hope saying "WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE. A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!
She also thanked Sally Martyn, Central Elgin's mayor and council for declaring a
climate emergency. Thanks also went to London, Chatham-Kent, Waterloo, Durham and
Peterborough for doing the same. Politicians in these communities know the kind
of change we need will not happen when it's business as usual.
It's also time for St. Thomas Mayor Preston and members of Council to pull your
heads out of the sand and declare a climate emergency. Until you do our city cannot
hope to have a real climate action plan. And without a climate action plan we cannot
apply for the grants and special funding that is available to the communities that
We invited Jeff Yurek, our provincial Member of Parliament and the Ontario Minister
of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, to join us here today, but earlier,
his assistant called to say he could not attend.
Mr. Yurek, the Ontario Conservatives have agreed on paper that the climate crisis
is real, human-caused, and must be addressed. Yet one of the first things the new
government did was to cancel all rebates for buying electric vehicles which during
the first quarter resulted in 2019 sales for electric cars falling 55 per cent.
Time for action on Climate Change is now, it's a reality and must now be faced if
we expect our children to grow up to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.