A number of concerned citizens are planning a couple of events outside City Hall in the coming weeks. We would like to invite children, youth, adults, city council, city staff and business owners to stop by and join in the conversation and become part of the solution to the climate change challenges that lie ahead, and the local, national and global mitigation that are needed urgently. We know that the city has taken many actions towards reducing greenhouse gases, and we want to celebrate those, and look forward to ramping up efforts beyond what was previously though possible.
May 3rd: 11:30-1:30 Join children, youth and people of all ages as we gather together to have conversations about the need for effective climate change mitigation at every level. What more can we do locally, nationally and globally to make change happen today in relation to everything we do!? We will also have tables with cardboard and markers set up so that people can make placards for the upcoming May 24th event.
May 24th: A Youth-Led Climate Strike will take place at Noon outside City Hall. All welcome.
Purpose: To insist that Governments at all levels do EVERYTHING in their power to ensure that global temperature rise does not exceed 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement
Greta Thunberg, who is leading the climate action movement says it best:
“Every time we make a decision we should ask ourselves; how will this decision affect that curve? We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases. We should no longer only ask: “Have we got enough money to go through with this?” but also: “Have we got enough of the carbon budget to spare to go through with this?” That should and must become the centre of our new currency.”
“Sometimes we just simply have to find a way. The moment we decide to fulfil something, we can do anything. And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses. We children are not sacrificing our education and our childhood for you to tell us what you consider is politically possible in the society that you have created. We have not taken to the streets for you to take selfies with us, and tell us that you really admire what we do. We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back.”
Local Reports: City of Revelstoke – Climate Change Related Reports http://revelstoke.ca/324/Climate-Action
Community Energy and Emissions reports. Note that for Revelstoke, they have not taken into account district biomass energy. This was supposed to be done for Revelstoke, but has not. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/data/ceei
Low Carbon Resilience Briefing Note(Attached)
Revelstoke Climate Action Meeting Summary 2017 (attached)
Short Video 4 minutes – Greta Thunberg’s speech to the EU – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsM9-_zrKo
Long video (enjoy with popcorn in the evening) 1 hour – David Attenborough’s video Climate Change The Facts – If you watch no other parts, then watch 38min-44min about tipping points and methane in arctic ice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ypaUH57MO4&feature=youtu.be