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Environmental Policy Institute participates in Copenhagen vigil

Back row, from left, Angela Carter, Corinne Hynes, Edwin Bezzina. Front row, Katie Temple, Simon Jansen and Janet Man.

By Pamela Gill

Along with several other groups in Corner Brook, the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) at Grenfell College organized an event to draw attention to the U.N. Climate Change Conference currently underway in Copenhagen. The event coincides with similar initiatives happening around the world.

“We are hoping this peaceful public candlelight vigil will contribute to encouraging our federal government to make a meaningful, fair, and binding commitment at the conference,” said Angela Carter, environmental studies professor and acting director of the EPI, before the event.

The EPI collaborated with the Western Environment Centre, First United Church and several other groups.

“This is a critical conference at which nations must renew the Kyoto Protocol and strengthen it even further,” said Ms. Carter. “Canada’s lukewarm commitment thus far has attracted a great deal of international criticism and the vigil was an opportunity for local citizens to voice their support for action on climate change.”

The event took place on Saturday, Dec. 12, in front of First United Church on the lawn. The event included a few short talks, music, and then a peaceful
march through the downtown area to raise interest and awareness.