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What's the future for global climate action?

Tens of thousands of people took part in global climate action protests this weekend, pushing for an end to using fossil fuels. A climate journalist tells us why he decided to join the crowd, rather than just cover them.
Thousands of people carry colourful signs and march on a busy street. On the right are cars driving by.
Thousands of demonstrators attended a global climate change protest in Vancouver on Sept. 15, calling for countries to stop using fossil fuels. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

It's been a devastating summer of climate events in Canada, and the world. Canada saw its worst wildfire season on record, and the country was abnormally dry. There were also dramatic floods: on July 21st, Halifax got three months worth of rain in 24 hours.

That's the backdrop for the large-scale global climate action protests we saw this past weekend.

Arno Kopecky is a longtime environmental journalist who attended the protests in Vancouver.

After this summer, he decided that he wouldn't just write about the environment, and the dangers it faces … he wanted to be part of trying to save it.

Today on Front Burner, he'll share what led to that decision, the challenges facing the climate action movement, and what it means to figure out how to respond in the face of escalating climate change.

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