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Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in General News

Earth Day – VOWs Hungry for Climate Leadership

VOW co chair, Lyn Adamson joins with representatives of more than 25 civil society groups and other organizations across the country, ClimateFast, People’s Climate Movement and Toronto350 to deliver a joint statement (attached) to the Government of Canada on Earth Day, sending a strong message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canadians expect concrete climate action now.

Joint statement to the Government of Canada click here

The joint statement was delivered to the Prime Minister’s office (80 Wellington Street, Ottawa) at 10am April 22nd, Earth Day.

Leading up to this year’s international climate negotiations in Paris, the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), Canadians are calling upon the Government of Canada to develop, without delay, a clear national action plan with targets to reduce carbon emissions, reflecting Canada’s fair share of global emissions, in line with stabilizing the rise in global average temperatures to below 2°C. Unlike most developed countries, Canada did not submit emissions reduction targets to the UNFCCC’s March 31st deadline.

The joint statement, which was delivered to the Prime Minister’s Office*, marks the launch of the Step Up, Canada! Campaign, which is mobilizing Canadians to demand that the government step up to its responsibilities in addressing climate change, in order to protect the planet for future generations. COP21 represents the last chance to form a global, legally binding climate agreement to keep global average temperature rise below 2°C and secure a safer climate future. Such an agreement represents the only universal mechanism to ensure all UN countries are accountable for charting and holding to a path that avoids catastrophic climate change.
Members of ClimateFast are in their 4th annual fast for climate justice and climate leadership and are present on the Hill today in front of the steps, and in meetings with MPs and senators. ClimateFast asks MPs and senators to pledge their commitment to climate action.

ClimateFast invites politicians to sign a three point pledge for climate action: to work to end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon, and develop a renewable energy plan for Canada. More than 125 MPs and 13 senators have signed this pledge since 2012.  ClimateFasters will be on the Hill on Earth Week to meet with MPs and senators regarding climate action.  ClimateFast participants work with others in an international network to fast for the climate on the 1st of each month.

Participants in this year’s two day ClimateFast on Parliament Hill include: Lyn Adamson (Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Margaret Rao  and Frances Deverell (CoChairs  Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice) Rita Bijons of the International Fast for the Climate, Betty Muir, retired graphic designer, and Bangladeshi-Canadian Dewan Afzal.  ClimateFast was founded with a 12 day fast in 2012.
International fasters include Bill McKibben, founder of, Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of KAIROS, and Yeb Sano, the Philippines negotiator who fasted during the devastating Typhoon Haiyan during the Warsaw climate talks in 2013. A 365 day rolling fast links climate talkis from Lima Peru in Dec 2014 to Paris in Dec 2015, building momentum for action around the world.

The People’s Climate Movement (PCM) is a group of concerned citizens working together to demand urgent local and global climate action. We were originally brought together by a call from to organize the People’s Climate March in Toronto. Our mission is to see Canada sign on to a robust, universal and legally-binding climate change agreement, which commits the world to achieving a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in average global temperature. We expect to see this commitment put into action through Canadian legislation, policy and programs.

Toronto350 is a local network affiliate of the international founded by Bill McKibben. We work to promote leadership in climate action. We are building a global, grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Toronto350 advocates for zero-carbon energy options and has called for a full stop to investment in fossil fuel reserves, infrastructure and extraction. We engage in creative direct action, educational events, online campaigns and direct contact with decision-makers. We support youth action, calling on campuses to mitigate their climate impact.



  1. WRITE a letter
  2. Read and subscribe to our Climate Fast e-newsletter
  3. FAST on the 1st of the month
  4. VISIT your MP
  5. Support Step Up Canada(link is external)Campaign
  6. Organize an event in your community
  7. Research
  8. Endorse ClimateFast
  9. Join us in Ottawa for annual fast and vigil on the Hill