A flash mob of about 50 people gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday to show support for a bill that would fight climate change.

At 12:18 p.m., people held up their cellphones as their alarms went off — the time symbolizes the last day, Dec. 18, of an international climate summit being held in Copenhagen later on this year.

Participants then started calling members of the federal government to ask that bill C-311 be ratified. Similar flash mob protests were held in 2,300 locations around the world.

Organizer Courtney Galy said the rally was a success.

“We flooded the phone lines and we got the message across,” she said.

Darryl Luscombe said he believes the Canadian government needs to take action.

“I think the consequences of not acting on climate changes now is scary, it could affect our jobs and businesses.”

Bill C-311
Bill C-311 would commit Canada to lower national greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.