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City promises climate action

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06.11.2019

There was civilized clamour in the St. John’s city council chambers Monday night and councillors were clearly listening.

The capital city has made it official, declaring a climate emergency in the face of growing concerns about global warming.

Many of the environmental activists lining the public gallery were teens and young adults — a group with glowing clout: witness the recent comments by Roger Grimes, chairman of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, who warned if the industry didn’t up its game, its message wouldn’t be heard above the passionate voices of people like 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

Among the activists at Monday’s council meeting were Alice Ferguson-O’Brien, 15, and Hannah Baker,........

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