‘Keep that carbon in the soil’: Burlington residents rally for emergency climate action

Kale Black with Burlington Green speaks to a crowd in front of city hall about the need for emergency climate action.

  • Activists wave signs and chant on Brant Street as part of a nationwide movement in support of emergency climate action.

Many issues have been raised over the course of the federal election campaign, but a group of local residents wants to keep the focus on the planet.

Roughly 90 residents rallied in front of Burlington City Hall on Sept. 8 as part of a national day of action pushing politicians for increased ambition on climate change. The group gave speeches, held signs, and chanted slogans like, “No more coal, no more oil, keep your carbon in the soil.”

Federal candidates Karina Gould of the Liberal party and Christian Cullis of the Green party were in attendance.

Kale Black with Burlington Green said events like this are important both for those who take part and for elected leaders to see.

“We’ve all been stuck in our houses worrying by ourselves especially with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report that told us we had 10 years to turn around everything we are doing to the climate. I think it’s important for all of us to be able to look around and see so many other people that are out here taking their time to show their support,” said Black.

“Rallies are important so our elected leaders and our elected officials know that the community cares about this issue.”

Across the country over 60 communities took part in similar actions.

Amy Schnurr, executive director of Burlington Green, said there are steps the federal government can take in support of climate action, including implementing stronger protections for nature.

“We’re calling on all candidates and political parties to commit to two things: stopping fossil fuel expansion and passing a just transition legislation that works for all people. Locally, we need their commitment, policies, financial investment and follow-through to urgently transition Burlington to the adoption of low-carbon living,” said Schnurr.

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