Vigil in solidarity with climate change victims as UN climate talks wrap up

MEDIA RELEASE, November 20, 2013


OTTAWA – A candlelight vigil will be held in Ottawa Thursday to commemorate the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and to call for action on climate change. The event is part of a series of events held in capitals around the world and in cities across North America, which coincide with the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Warsaw. The vigil will take place on Elgin Street across from the War Memorial in Ottawa at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, November 21. Other vigils are taking place worldwide on this night, as well as on Friday, November 22.

“Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan prove that the time has come for real, positive action on climate change, and our government needs to seize this opportunity,” said Gabriela Rappell, National Director of Sierra Youth Coalition. “Instead our government stalls action on climate change internationally, and removes environmental protections domestically, while citizens across Canada are showing grassroots solidarity with the people of the Philippines and calling for climate justice.”

The vigil initiative was sparked by youth and civil society groups in the Philippines, who called for the global community to join them in hosting candlelit vigils beginning this Thursday. While the vigils are independently organized, many will carry the unifying message #WeStandWithYou. They are meant as displays of solidarity with all victims of climate change impacts, and against those forces blocking climate progress. 

“Typhoon Haiyan has reminded us all of the urgency to fight climate change. The debate is over – it is time to act swiftly and courageously,” says Muthanna Subbaiah from Ottawa. “We must ensure that the achievement of our time is defined by how rapidly and decisively the world came together to resolve the greatest crisis faced by humankind.”

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 For more information, contact:

Gabriela Rappell
National Director
Sierra Youth Coalition
Cell: 613-869-2782


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