“We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.” LEAP
THUNDER BAY – CLIMATE – On Feb 9th, 2017, 5:30 pm – 9 pm, LUSU Sustainability Initiative and Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet will be hosting a LEAP Manifesto Symposium with over 50 participants in Lakehead University’s “The Study” to educate, discuss, and think critically about the Manifesto.
Last year, the Leap Manifesto caused a huge stir when the federal NDP approved a motion to discuss it in local ridings across Canada, a move that caused some Alberta NDP members to call it “Toronto garbage.”
In fact, Leap suggests a blueprint for the future that would see the creation of good jobs and social well-being while we transition off of fossil fuels to protect the climate.
Keynote Speaker – Brendan Campbell will come from Peterborough. A member of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and recent participant in COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco, Brendan will be speaking about Canada’s failure to take climate change seriously and the importance of the LEAP Manifesto. (http://www.ourclimate.ca/introducing_brendan)
Brendan’s speech will be followed by Both Hands pizza dinner and small group discussions about the manifesto and how it can be implemented in Thunder Bay.
Lakehead students free with ID; suggested $5 entrance for general public (pay-what-you-can and food bank donations will also be accepted).
“We know that the time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us that this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming. That means small steps will no longer get us where we need to go. So we need to LEAP.”