Leap Day gathering on P.E.I. calls for action on climate change

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Citizens’ Alliance of P.E.I. to host event at Farm Centre in Charlottetown, Feb. 29, 7-9 p.m

On Feb. 29, Citizens’ Alliance of P.E.I. will host an International Leap Day gathering at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown, 7-9 p.m.

Events like this will be taking place in a number of communities across Canada. The gathering will be in support of the Leap manifesto (leapmanifesto.org), a vision of how Canada can respond to the crisis of climate change as an opportunity to change the country for the better.

“It’s a statement of a bold vision for Canada based on caring for the Earth and for one another,” said alliance board member Don Mazer.

It was developed by a team that included Naomi Klein, David Suzuki and others and was introduced at the UN Paris climate negotiations in 2015.

The Leap manifesto calls for a swift transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy in a way that concurrently eliminates racial and gender inequality and promotes economic justice. It begins with respecting the inherent rights of First Nations, as part of a 15-point plan that includes energy democracy, localized ecological agriculture, trade justice, expanding the “low carbon” economy of caretaking, teaching and the arts, an end to austerity and fossil fuel subsidies and democratic reform.

It’s a statement of a bold vision for Canada based on caring for the Earth and for one another. Don Mazer, Citizens’ Alliance of P.E.I.

The P.E.I. event will feature an introduction to the manifesto and short talks from speakers who are “taking the leap” toward significant environmental and social change in their work. There will be ample opportunities for discussion, where participants are invited to contribute their ideas and experience and to join together planning future projects.

All are invited, and there is no cost or registration required. Light refreshments will be served.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about a lot of good work toward change that is taking place in our community and to join with others in thinking about how we can work toward the kind of Canada we would like to see,” said Mazer.

For more information, see www.citizensalliancepei.org or go the Leap Day P.E.I. Facebook event page.

Organizations: Alliance of P.E.I., Farm Centre, UN Paris First Nations

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown

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