Five Things About Canada Every American Climate Activist Should Know

By Joseph Boutilier, Truthout | Op-Ed  – When you ride a unicycle for four months over some 3,000 miles across North America to call attention to the climate crisis – and spend almost every static moment talking to strangers about your cause – you inevitably get a pretty good snapshot of the level of awareness in various parts of the country. Being Canadian, my main concern has been demonstrating the overwhelming willpower for climate action in my country, and to that end, I haven’t been disappointed. But when a detour to avoid the most dangerous and remote stretch of the TransCanada highway took me through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, I didn’t know what to expect. My overly rehearsed talking points and appeals were suddenly rendered irrelevant. Just a few miles beneath the Canadian border, my entire campaign was woefully out-of-context and I quickly realized how horribly ignorant I was...

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