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Unicyclist pedals for climate change action

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Unicyclist Joseph Boutilier of Victoria B.C. stopped in Cobourg Tuesday on his Unity for the Climate cross-country ride to raise awareness about climate change. Members of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club joined him to ride in the area.

Unicyclist Joseph Boutilier of Victoria B.C. stopped in Cobourg Tuesday on his Unity for the Climate cross-country ride to raise awareness about climate change. Members of the Northumberland Hills Cycling Club joined him to ride in the area.

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A Victoria, B.C. unicyclist who has travelled across Canada's western provinces and some of the northern U.S. states is doing so to raise awareness about climate change and he brought his message to Cobourg this week.
Joseph Boutilier's web site, UnityfortheClimate.ca, provides an overview of Canada's obligations and how he and others believe the Harper Government is falling short.
"I have no background in science," Boutilier told a small ground of Northumberland Hills Cycling Club members as they gathered in the downtown Tuesday morning  to join him for a part of his trip en route to  Ottawa, but his passion about climate change came out loud and clear.
Asked if he was running into any nay sayers about climate change during his cross-country, awareness-building campaign, Boutilier said that he encountered very few and they were in western Canada.
It is hard to believe that his 24-year-old game designer is actually travelling on a one-wheel vehicle for many long and gruelling miles to garner Canadian attention about how the country has not met its own past Koyoto comittments. Doing the trip via this special mode of peddle power, Boutilier is not adding to his carbon footprint on this planet.
The plan, Boutilier said, is to arrive on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in mid-September when MPs come back from the summer recess, in order to focus attention on the very real impacts of climate change and the need for the Canadian Government to take action now.
A video on his web site, Boutilier eloquently documents Canada's part (or lack of action) in the world's response to the impact of climate change.
Asked what his plans are after his arrival in Ottawa Sept. 15 for the opening of Parliament, he said he plans to attend the climate change rally six days later in New York City, where a conference on climate change is being held.
After that? "I have no idea," Boutilier said.
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