This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally in New York City. More - maybe millions - will join in around the world.
Why? It's part of the People's Climate March and Mobilization, putting pressure on global leaders to take meaningful action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit 2014 and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, December 2015 (COP21).
These are exciting times. There have been a lot of environmental movements, but somehow this one feels... different. Recognizing that climate change affects everyone, this movement is very inclusive: faith groups, unions, businesses, parents and schools are joining together to advocate for global action on climate change.
I'm part of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a team of 70 Canadian scientists and academics who study environment and sustainability. We're working on viable, science-based policy options to motivate political change and help Canada transition to a low-carbon economy. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
We recently wrote an open-letter about why Canada needs to act on its "sustainability deficit". You can read the letter below. We're encouraging everyone to attend People's Climate events this weekend. There are more than 2000 events worldwide, including 120 in Canada from coast to coast to coast. Find one near you!
(Edited to update published letters)
Conservation Scientist at Y2Y, and Liber Ero Fellow. Likes trees, ocean, chocolate, and looking under rocks.