Mark Clairmont |

GRAVENHURST — If Elizabeth May wants “all hands on deck” to fight climate change, she had a boatful here last night in a sea of green-shirted volunteers.

A crowd of 200 crammed the Muskoka Discovery Centre to hear the Green Party leader talk about the environment.

“We’ve entered a period of consequences,” said May, who started out by apologizing for talking down to her supporters from up on the bow of a replica of the Wenonah II paddlewheel steamship.

“I’m not above you,” she joked.

It was a message parroted by her Parry Sound-Muskoka candidate Gord Miller, who reiterated his claim that the “climate crisis” is “urgent.”

He said there is a “tight time frame for change.”

“Climate change is real and is affecting us and our economies.”

He said insurance companies are backing away from insuring people in natural disasters.

They were introduced by Ontario Green candidate Matt Richter.

May, who got a round of applause for calling former Tory MP Stan Darling the riding’s first “green MP” because of his work on acid rain, said “we need to be a human family … the grownups in the room”

She said it’s “not too late to get our climate house in order,” saying Canadians can plant trees, grow a backyard garden and put solar panels on their houses.

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Elizabeth May and Gord Miller brought their message of concern and hope for climate change, saying “… it’s not too late” to turn the climate ship around.
Elizabeth May said she didn’t think she was “above” her supporters while speaking down to them from the mock deck of the paddlewheeler Wenonah.
A crowd of about 200 turned out to hear the Green party’s town hall in Gravenhurst Tuesday Sept. 17.
Gord Miller supporters listend to Elizabeth May last night at the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst.

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