The Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association (GHEVA) was an official coalition partner for the July 5, 2015 Jobs, Justice and Climate March in Toronto. Over 10,000 participants marched from Queen’s Park Toronto to Allan Gardens with 58 other interest groups taking part.
The march was lead by 350.org’s Bill McKibben, author Naomi Klein, actress Jane Fonda, David Suzuki and a host of First Nations leaders that gave rousing speeches at the emotionally charged event. With the Canadian federal election coming up October 19th and United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris November 30-December 11th, many NGOs leveraged the Toronto march to increase awareness on cleantech job creation strategies, protection of indigenous rights and to encourage more aggressive action on climate change by political leaders.
Given that electric vehicles utilize locally sourced energy, are low to zero carbon emitting and are recognized as a democratizing force in terms of income disparity (1/6 the operating cost of an ICE vehicle), it was no surprise that dozens of EV owners took part in the 2.1 km march. Presently, Canada is the only G20 industrialized nation that does not have a federal policy on electric vehicles nor does Canada have a Federal energy strategy. So electric vehicles, like renewable energies, are beginning to gain real traction as a increasingly important part of socio-political agendas for a cross-section of special interest groups, politicians and the general public.
Like longtime activist and former US presidential candidate Ralph Nader asks, "Are you a citizen or a spectator"?
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