Halifax environmentalists prepare for Copenhagen

Wooden Monkey co-owner Lil MacPherson will blog for The Coast from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark next week.

Haligonians are preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark next week. The meeting of world leaders is being billed as the last chance for humanity to implement meaningful policies to avert cataclysmic climate change.

Lil MacPherson, owner of The Wooden Monkey, leaves Tuesday to attend the conference as an observer with representatives of Nova Scotia Business, Inc., the province's economic development agency. MacPherson is also a trained presenter of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, a founding member of the provincial chapter of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and a local food promoter.

"I plan to tour Denmark and look at the mass transit system, at how they do local food and to learn about their windmill farms," says MacPherson. She'll be blogging about her experiences for The Coast, at thecoast.ca/bites.

Meanwhile, here in town, a group of people from diverse faith traditions are coordinating a series of events to draw attention to Copenhagen. Many of the group plan to fast from December 6 through December 13; a candlelight vigil will be held at 5pm on December 12 at Grand Parade and the fast will be broken at the various churches December 13.

"People of different faiths and of no faith are coming together so that our politicians will come together and make a strong agreement," explains Russ Daye, one of the organizers. The public is invited to take part in any of the events; for more info contact Daye at russelldaye@eastlink.ca, or visit standrewshfx.ca.

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