Toronto, ON – In advance of the U.N. Climate Summit, major environmental groups are holding a telephone press conference to help journalists plan their coverage of the summit.
Hosted by Environmental Defence, Natural Resources Defense Council,, and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the press conference will provide logistical information about the summit, the People’s Climate March and other summit-related events. It will also provide context for the summit, including how Canada and the United States compare on climate action.
On Sunday, over 100,000 people are expected to join the People’s Climate March – the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The March has been endorsed by over 1,200 organizations, including the nation’s largest environmental, labour, faith-based, social justice, and climate justice groups. Today’s press conference will include information about Canadians’ participation in the People’s Climate March.
WHAT: Telephone press conference today to brief journalists on the upcoming U.N. Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March
Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
Jake Schmidt, International Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Maryam Adrangi, Communications Coordinator,
Eriel Deranger, Communications Coordinator, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN)
WHEN:  Thursday, September 18th, 1 pm ET
WHERE: By phone:
In Toronto call: 416-764-8688
Outside Toronto, call: 1-888-390-0546
A recording of the telepresser will be available after 3 pm ET.
For the recording, in Toronto call: 416-764-8677
Outside Toronto, call: 1-888-390-0541
PIN#: 539400
A Tale of Two Countries: Comparing the United States’ and Canada’s Clean Energy Spending and Progress on International Climate Commitments (a backgrounder) can be downloaded at
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE ( is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
The NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL ( is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. is a global organization working to tackle the climate crisis, and has been working with community groups in New York City and across North America to organize towards the People’s Climate March.
The ATHABASCA CHIPEWYAN FIRST NATION (ACFN) are a Treaty 8 First Nation located in northern Alberta, north of the Athabasca tar sand deposits. The ACFN are challenging out of control development and expansion of the Athabasca tar sands. The First Nation are demanding the recognition of their rights, title and the governments’ fiduciary obligations to uphold and protect their unique treaty rights to hunting, fishing and trapping, currently threatened by tar sands production and expansion.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext 258; 416-570-2878 (cell)
Jake Thompson, Natural Resources Defense Council, 202-289-2387 or