Just transition: Edmonton rallies push for more action on climate change

Dozens of people gathered outside two offices of the Edmonton MP on Saturday to demand more environmental action.

About 20 people gathered at the Edmonton Center offices of Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault and Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux in Edmonton Riverbend to draw attention to Just Transition, the federal government’s commitment to supporting workers as that Canada is moving towards a greener economy.

For Emily Hayes, an organizer in partnership with the Council of Canadians, more needs to be done to fight climate change and the risks it now poses.

“I want my kids, my grandkids and even myself to have access to all of this green and beautiful space the Earth has to offer,” Hayes said. “I would just like to see some action.”

“Just Transition is fundamentally a movement, it’s something we want to do so we can convert to sustainable energy,” she added. “And it’s more than just environmental action. It’s fair jobs for everyone.

“This ensures that no Canadian, no Albertan, and no one will be left behind as we transition into all of these new sectors and simply become leaders in a new economy,” Hayes said.

The rallies in Edmonton were part of a national day of action organized by 350.org Canada to raise awareness about climate change and the need for “bold legislation” to accelerate the pivot to renewable energy.

Rallies were planned from coast to coast, including in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Ottawa and Halifax.

Teresa H. Sadler