Local citizens show up with clear message for bold climate action at Nelson climate change town hall

Local residents, constituents and citizens from a broad set of social and environmental groups are demanding bold climate action at the climate change town hall hosted by Kootenay-Columbia riding MP, Wayne Stetski, in Nelson on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm at the Prestige Hotel. Part of the “People’s Climate Plan,” citizens in Nelson are joined by others across Canada who are taking advantage of the public consultations being held in the lead-up to the creation of a national climate strategy to be released in the fall. 
 
“There’s no peeing section in the pool,” said Nelson City Councillor Anna Purcell, who will be presenting information on local impacts of climate change at the town hall. “We’re all in this together.”
 
Organizers are calling for the national climate strategy to respect climate science and Canada’s commitments in the Paris Agreement by keeping the majority of fossil fuels in the ground, to ensure a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 with green jobs, and to enshrine justice for all workers and Indigenous communities. 
 
“I’m expecting a huge turn-out, even on short notice because this community really cares. The Prestige room will have capacity for only 300 people. There were 500 people at the Nelson climate action march in November, so you should arrive early if you want into the town hall,” said Montana Burgess, Executive Director of West Kootenay EcoSociety.
 
The community is also invited to a pre-town hall training and workshop on Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30pm at the Nelson United Church, hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and the Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative.
 
“We’re going to do this Nelson-style,” said Laura Sacks, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Nelson Chapter. “Not only will the community plan what they will say at the town hall and what they will submit in writing to the Government of Canada, but we’re also going to make art and develop stories to share for the town hall and send all the way to Ottawa with MP Stetski.”
 
“Last year the Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative turned out over 75 members of the faith community to discuss the moral imperative to act on the climate crisis. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Canadians to take meaningful climate action by having their say in our national climate plan,” said Pastor Katrina Vigen, Ascension Lutheran Church and member of the Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative.
 
Representatives from West Kootenay EcoSociety, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and the Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative will facilitate the town hall.

More information (live on Wednesday, May 18): https://www.ecosociety.ca/NelsonClimateActionTownHall