Local young people asked the government to take action at the UN climate change conference that opened in Cancun this week.
It’s important for youth to be involved, said Tracey Guptill with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition.
“It’s our future that’s at stake here,” said Guptill, “and negotiations and decisions are made on our behalf.
“We find it’s very important that long-term effects are considered, and that Canada show leadership for a problem it helped contribute to.”
Representatives from more than 180 countries are gathering to try to work towards an international climate deal.
“Today we’re trying to draw attention to the issue of tar sands and the fact that our government is sitting back and doing nothing on global warming because of the tar sands,” said Gillian McEachern of Environmental Defence.