Justin Trudeau paddles kayak around lake to speak to Canadians about climate change

The Canadian Prime Minister appeared to be taking a jab at Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Wednesday 07 June 2017 00:00
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed off his kayaking skills to go around a lake and talk to citizens about climate change
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed off his kayaking skills to go around a lake and talk to citizens about climate change

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rowed his kayak up to a family's home on a lake to speak about climate change. Even better, he did it on World Environment Day.

Carrie Robinson posted a video on Twitter and said Mr Trudeau "just kayaked up to my house and talked to my parents", adding: "Classic."

Mr Trudeau, in an apparent jab at Donald Trump withdrawing the US from the historic Paris Agreement, told the Robinsons: "We cannot walk away from the reality of climate change."

"The future is still bright for those who have the courage to confront hard truths, and the confidence to stay the course," he told the family.

Mr Trudeau had earlier expressed his disappointment with Mr Trump's decision about the Paris accord, which nearly 200 countries signed in an effort to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

"Around the world, nearly every country is on our side. Inaction is not an option," Mr Trudeau added in his conversation while still in his kayak.

This was Canada's first year hosting World Environment Day. Canadian MP Catherine McKenna joined Mr Trudeau to kayak around the lake.

“In a strange way, [Mr Trump's decision has] actually made people step up and say, ‘Climate change is real. We need to be working. We need to be working together,’” Ms McKenna said to the Toronto Star newspaper.

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