Topless Junos protester wants drastic climate action

Topless Junos protester wants drastic climate action

It’s the girl took to the stage topless at the Juno Awards in Edmonton on Monday he said he did it to draw attention to the loss of natural carbon sequestering areas across Canada.

Ever Hatherly appeared in Edmonton court on a mischief charge Wednesday and said the stunt created an international buzz about climate change.

“That’s part of why I do my environmental activism topless — because it’s good for headlines,” Hatherly said.

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Topless protester crashes Junos stage on live TV

Messages written on Hatherly’s naked body read “land back” and “save the Greenbelt,” referring to Ontario’s decision last year to open up a protected area of ​​land for housing.

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“The Greenbelt is one of our amazing carbon sinks in Canada,” Hatherly said.

“We also have old growth forests in BC being logged as we speak.”

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Hatherly said his group is headed to Ottawa to request a citizens’ meeting — a randomly selected group of Canadians to meet to discuss an issue — on climate action.

“We have little time to take these drastic actions,” he said.

Hatherly said her original plan was to crash a musical performance by Avril Lavigne, until she learned that Lavigne would not be performing.

“When he went on stage to present an award, we kind of went for it… for the headline, we knew that would get a good headline,” he said.

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Hatherly said she has done topless protests before for climate action and didn’t think the stunt might have attracted negative attention.

“It’s OK that people are talking about the wrong thing now, because it happened two days ago and people are still asking questions.”

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