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Younger voters mobilizing to make federal election about climate change

A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

OTTAWA — Several hundred Canadian millennials plan to rally in at least 30 cities across the country today, demanding a federal leaders’ debate on climate change.

Emma Jackson, a field organizer with the group Our Time, says the science is clear that humanity only has 11 years to get a grip on greenhouse-gas emissions before global warming becomes catastrophic and irreversible.

Our Time is working to mobilize voters under age 35 to demand solid climate-change plans from all parties.

Climate change has skyrocketed to the top of many lists of issues voters care about the most — particularly younger voters.

Most of today’s rallies pushing for a leaders’ debate on climate change will be outside CBC offices and studios.

Jackson says the federal debate commission organizing leaders’ debates this year told them it’s up to broadcasters to decide what the topics will be.

The Canadian Press