Protesters voice concern over lack of federal action on climate change

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A small contingent of protesters rallied in front of Cypress Hills Grassland MP David Anderson's office on Saturday in protest of the federal government's inaction towards climate change and opposition to pipelines.

A group of protesters participated in the "Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities" Day of Action on Saturday, braving the elements to rally outside of Cypress Hills Grasslands MP David Anderson's office.

The nation wide day of action was intended to rally Canadians in opposition against the risks posed by pipelines, reckless oil sands expansion, and runaway climate change.

Local rally organizer Pam Woodland said the group is concerned with the impact of climate change on all communities, and pointed to numerous scientific concerns that governments are content to ignore at the expense of the environment.

"For me, my feeling is that the government should be leading us in chiseling out a place for sustainability to be a part of the conversation around resources and economic development. That concept doesn’t seem to exist within the federal or the provincial government’s mindsets. They think it’s only a question of taking whatever resources out of the ground as fast as we can, getting the money and running. That hurts everybody in the long term," Woodward said during Saturday's snowy rally.

Without a lack of dialogue, elected officials are not hearing the growing voice of Canadians who are calling for stronger action on climate change.

Woodward said if MP Anderson had stopped by Saturday's event, she would certainly speak out against the federal government's full speed approach to pipeline expansion and development of the oil sands.

"I would really like it if he would seriously explore the concept of sustainability, and engage his colleagues in coming to an understanding of how that could be part of his own government’s way of looking at the world. I guess that would be it."

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