Climate Day of Action in Lanark County

Start: Saturday, March 12, 202211:00 AM

End: Saturday, March 12, 202212:00 PM

On Saturday, March 12, 2022, Lanark County Warden John Fenik will attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Perth Town Hall (80 Gore St. E., Perth). Area residents are invited to attend the 11:00am opening of the local job office for the Ministry of Just Transition.

Of course, the Ministry of Just Transition doesn’t actually exist. In the 2019 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to introduce a Just Transition Act, “ensuring that workers have access to the training and support they need to succeed in the new clean economy.”

It’s been nearly 3 years since that promise, and we haven’t seen any serious progress. Meanwhile, our communities are experiencing extreme climate impacts, a multi-year global pandemic, and a looming economic crisis. The fossil fuel era is ending, and people can’t keep waiting for help with the transition to clean jobs.

2021 was marked by extreme heat, fuelling one of the worst wildfire seasons on record. In BC, an atmospheric river caused deadly mudslides that destroyed hundreds of homes and took out entire highways. We’ve also had to navigate the escalating COVID 19 health crisis that’s overwhelmed our hospitals and emergency services.

In 2022 there’s no time to waste. That’s why we’re taking action together across Canada on March 12th, to put our vision for a Just Transition on full display. Confirmed guests include candidates for the upcoming Ontario election and high school students Brigid MacKenzie and Claire Rinfret who will speak on why young people need a Just Transition program.

This event is part of a national event

Please direct any media inquiries to: Tony Cote 613-715-0012