Students launch voter engagement climate change campaign

Volunteers pose with canvassing clipboardsToronto, Ontario - Current and future voters are launching a climate change-focused mobilization in Scarborough-Centre to raise the issue in the upcoming federal election. Part of Toronto350.org, a local community group advocating stronger government action on global warming, volunteers as young as 17 are pushing for change in the key riding to put pressure on all the federal parties to adopt better platforms. 

Volunteers pose with \“As a young person, it’s important I let voters know that the decisions they’re making now will directly impact  our lives 10, 20 years down the road,” said Allison Gacad, a grade 12 student at St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, “We’re not old enough to vote yet, but by reaching out to people who are and telling them climate policy is important to us, we’re trying to make our voices heard.”

 The organizers with Toronto350.org are planning to knock on hundreds of doors and make hundreds of phone calls to engage voters from across the political spectrum on climate change. In the last federal election, Scarborough-Centre was won by Conservative Roxanne James with only 36% of the popular vote.

 “We need our politicians to reach across party lines and get to work for Canadians to build the clean energy future--not tar sands pipelines,” said Sam Harrison, a second-year Engineering student at the University of Toronto and one of the campaign organizers. “It’s not fair to leave people my age with the burden of global climate change.”

 “We already have the resources and knowledge we need to end our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Lila Asher, an Environmental Studies major at the University of Toronto.  “Voters need to show that they are committed to developing secure green jobs and better climate policy, so that the candidates they elect can have the courage to say no to the expansion of tar sands infrastructure.”

 

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For more information please contact:

Sam Harrison, Campaign Organizer, Toronto350.org

Cell: 778-928-4923

Email: sam@Toronto350.org

 

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