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SUBJECT: Grenfell: Environmental Policy Institute to participate in Copenhagen Climate Vigil

DATE: December 8, 2009

     Along with several other groups in the city, the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) at Grenfell College is organizing 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.

     The EPI is collaborating 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 Prof. Carter. “Canada's lukewarm commitment thus far has attracted a great deal of international criticism and the vigil is an opportunity for local citizens to voice their support for action on climate change.”

     The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. in front of First United Church on the lawn (or, in case of inclement weather, in the church gym). There will be a few short talks, music, and then a peaceful march through the downtown area to raise interest and awareness. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, vegan baked beans, bread and dessert will be served.

     All are welcome to attend and encourage Canadian action on climate change. For more information, contact Edwin Bezzina (637-6200 ext. 6152; ebezzina@swgc.mun.ca) or Angela Carter (637-6200, ext. 6361; avcarter@mun.ca).

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