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Day 12 of the Fast - Still Hungry for Climate Change

October 2, 2012

Climate Fast Enters Day 12, 15 MPS in Support, Solidarity Vigils 12 noon, Candle Vigil 7:30 PM

Ottawa - The Fast for Climate Justice is entering its 12th day on Parliament Hill from 9 am to 6 pm and will end with a candlelight vigil at 7:30 on Parliament Hill. October 2nd is Gandhi;s birthday.

The fasters are calling for MPs to pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon, and develop a renewable energy plan for Canada.

So far 15 MPs have signed the pledge. Yesterday's signers were MPs Craig Scott and Peter Julian. For the full list, please go to:, 'MPs sign pledge board'.

In solidarity with the fast, participants are urging the citizens of Canada to contact their government representatives and demand urgent action. Support actions are taking place today in Halifax, at the Spring Garden Road Library, and in Toronto in front of CP24, Queen and John St. Both actions are at 12 noon.

Fasters will stay in Ottawa through the caucus sessions tomorrow seeking support from the Leaders of the Opposition Parties.

"Prime Minster Harper is going full steam ahead in absolutely the wrong direction, it's the direction of disaster. Mulcair and Rae must challenge the attacks by Harper head on. They must show Canadians a positive direction forward. There are no jobs on a dad planet, and plenty of work in a renewable-based economy." Said Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

"We are calling for three very essential steps forward: ending fossil fuel subsidies, putting a price on carbon, and developing a renewable energy plan for Canada. This is common sense. It is what the rest of the world is doing and we need to be doing the same. It's time for some climate leadership in Canada," said Sylvia Grady.

"We need to act fast. Otherwise my country will be one-third under water from sea rise," said Dewan Afzal.

Hungry for Climate Leadership is composed of a diverse group of participants, including two indigenous women, a Bangladeshi-Canadian retiree, and a retired teacher. For profiles please see:

Endorsements have been received from David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, former moderator of the United Church Mardi Tindal, and Raffi.

For more information as well as a detailed schedule of events please visit our website at:

For more information contact:
Lyn Adamson
Ottawa Faster
Hungry for Climate Leadership
Phone: 416-731-6605
Cell: 416-731-6605

Dewan Afzal
Hungry for Climate Leadership
Phone: 905-302-9837
Cell: 905-302-9837

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