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Justin Trudeau reads letters from Kitchener kids at nature summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau read letters written by students at St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener at a nature summit in Montreal on Thursday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau read letters written by students at St .Aloysius Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener at a nature summit in Montreal on Thursday. 1:36

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau read letters written by Kitchener children at a summit in Montreal on Thursday.

Trudeau read letters written by students at St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener.

He was speaking at the Nature Champions Summit Thursday morning.

The international summit invited philanthropists, business leaders, NGOs, United Nations agencies, Indigenous leaders and environment ministers in an attempt to build a coalition to advocate for global nature protection. 

Trudeau told the audience at the summit that nature protection is something every single person thinks about.

"People like the kids from St. Aloysius school in Kitchener, are counting on us to lead. Last month, they wrote me about the importance of fighting climate change and investing in solutions like renewable energy," he said.

He read portions of letters from students named Glen, Kyle and Bella that talked about "saving the earth's power" and asking about the next generation of children being subjected to pollution. 

"I'm sorry to put all the pressure on you, but if you can, could you share this with the UN? It would save everyone if you do," Trudeau said, reading Bella's letter.

The summit wraps later Thursday in Montreal. 

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