Declaration of a Climate Emergency
On April 16th, members of the Environment Commission approved a motion put forth by councillor Shawn Menard to declare a Climate Emergency.
The day started with a rally at City Hall organized by Ecology Ottawa. Several members of the planning committee of the Ottawa Transit Riders attended. There were rousing speeches and beautiful signs, then people filed into City Hall to watch the proceedings. Champlain room filled up quickly and spectators were diverted to watch in overflow rooms
Unfortunately, the motion regarding the declaration of a climate change emergency was last on a very full agenda so delegates were not able to speak to the motion until about 3PM – by that time, most supporters had gone home.
Kari and Sam spoke briefly – our presentation can be viewed here.
Several councillors, most notably Catherine McKinney and Riley Brockington, spoke movingly about listening to the passion of young people and wanting to build a better community.
Two councillors voted against the motion – one saying that he felt climate change was not an emergency since the ‘sky was not falling’.
The motion will go before City Council on April 24th.