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Montreal – June 11, 2015 – The ÉCOSPHÈRE Project is organizing its Environment and Ecohabitation Fair the 13th and 14th of June 2015 at TOHU in Montreal, with an expected participation of around 10,000 people. Considered one of the most important festivals on the environment and healthy habitation in Quebec, ÉCOSPHÈRE is a major event of awareness for environmental issues. This year will count nearly 40 conferences, 200 representatives, and a Night of Sages gathering several signatories from Élan global (http://elanglobal.org), the movement that aspires to liberate Quebec from hydrocarbons and to build a just and viable world, having received to this day nearly 25,000 signatures online.
On the occasion of this Fair, we invite the different media presences to a press point which will be organized on Saturday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at TOHU, during the cocktail which will follow the conference of environmentalist Bill McKibben (co-founder of 350.org) and which will precede the Night of Sages (bringing Dominic Champagne, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Laure Waridel, Camil Bouchard, André Bélisle, Annie Roy and Pierre Jasmin). This will be the occasion to announce the collaboration between the ÉCOSPHÈRE Project and two major meetings for all those who hold social and environmental causes close to their heart.
First of all, the 21st Conference of the Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), which will take place in Paris next December, and at which a Collectie from Quebec civil society will participate. This Collective, coordinated by the YMCAs of Quebec and UNIALTER, in collaboration with the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) and the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), will gather around fifty people. They will join the expected 50,000 participants from global civil society in order to build a strong, positive rapport for an ambitious and just climate action, and for sustainable transformation pertaining to public policies.
Then, the World Social Forum – the largest gathering of global civil society – will take place in Montreal from August 9-14, 2016. This event is historic because it will be the first time since its creation in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001 that the WSF will take place in a Northern country. Between 50,000 and 80,000 people representing nearly 5,000 organizations from local and global civil society are expected to come to downtown Montreal for 1,500 workshops, conferences, and artistic activities aiming to build concrete and sustainable solutions in the face of the ecological, economic, social, and political crises that we are living.
Éric Ferland (General Director of the ÉCOSPHERE Project), Caterina Milani (Coordinator of theInternational Initiatives of the YMCAs of Quebec/Quebec Collective COP21), Carminda Mac Lorin (Montreal WSF 2016 Collective) and Laure Waridel (ecosociologist and co-founder of Équiterre) will facilitate the press point and will be available to respond to your questions.
Sources: WSF 2016 Collective in Quebec/ÉCOSPHÈRE Project
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