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Hammond, UK: Climate crisis community assembly

Hammond, UK: Climate crisis community assembly

Community assembly on climate crisis held in Hammond

A dozen community members from the region met in Hammond on December 14, 2021 for a community assembly to discuss the global climate change and ecological crisis.

The assembly was one of hundreds held around the world as part of an initiative called the ‘Global Assembly,’ where ordinary citizens connect and articulate together key messages for local and global leaders, with a synthesized report going all the to the United Nations. Members of the United Counties Coalition for Climate Action Planning organized the session. Representatives from Eco East and Mères au Front P-R presented and facilitated the proceedings.

“My goal of bringing this Assembly to the region was to provide our community with the opportunity to participate in this important global conversation, and to continue showing our municipal leaders that there is increasing support for regional climate action,” said lead organizer, Stephanie Marcil. ” I think we continue to make progress towards this goal with every conversation we have.”

“As a women-led movement, our goal is to do everything in our power to protect the future of our children and grand-children, “, explained Emmanuelle Larocque, who established the Prescott-Russell chapter of Mères au Front, “Our goal is to do everything in our power to protect the future of our children and grand-children.”

“As it was made clear during the Assembly, younger generations are experiencing the climate crisis differently and their voices need to be taken into account in the decision-making processes inherent to the ecological transition. I hope that engaging in these types of meaningful, community-based dialogues will challenge political leaders from all levels to rise up for future generations, and to take concrete steps to address the climate emergence in an inclusive, effective and fair manner.”

Hammond Hill hosted the event and was supported by local businesses.

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“We were delighted that businesses from tourism, construction and recreation sectors reached out to us to lend their support,” said Lisa Deacon, who serves as president of Eco East.  “It is very encouraging to know that the business community wants to get involved and not only support, but lead more sustainable practices in our region. Our group will be launching a sustainable business practice awards program in January, and hope to see many nominations come forward.”

The Global Assembly will receive the results of the workshops in January and include them in their report.

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