Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day (Jour De La Terre)

Earth day also known as Jour de la Terre here in Quebec, takes place every year to raise awareness and to appreciate the Earth's natural environment. More than 250,000 thousand people took to the streets of Montreal to celebrate. The march showed that there are many environmental problems facing Quebec, including the oil and gas exploration in St Lawrence. People including myself, have a shared concern about what kind of future we are going to leave for our children and grandchildren. Canada's recent move has left people furious and thousands have signed a petition for them to reverse their decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 and was designed to reduce the amount of four greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulphur hexafluoride in each country and for each country to take responsibility and reduce what they are putting into the Earth. Quebec is the only province that has had a decrease in green house gases from 1990-2008 for more look here wiki. Canada is the only country in the world that has announced its withdrawal from Kyoto and the people believe the government should pay the price and that this move should be illegal. Here are some photos I took from Earth Day on April 22nd 2012 when more than 250,000 got together to share their disgust at what is going on their villages, towns, cities and country. 

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