Guelph’s branch of Extinction Rebellion, an organization that aims to minimize damage on the environment, has encouraged their members to attend the Council meeting on Monday in support of a motion to accelerate the city’s climate policy targets and declare an emergency.

Members are encouraged to wear green and black and sit in the public seating, with organizers saying that “they change their minds on what we do together” on the Facebook event page.

Coun. Leanne Piper says she will make a motion to declare a climate emergency. Also on the Council agenda is a motion by Ward 2 Coun. James Gordon to move up climate policy targets passed last May from 2050 to 2035.

If the 2018 targets set by Council for 2050 are passed at the reconsideration stage, there will a motion to move the target date to 2035 for reaching net zero emissions and having 100 per of the city’s corporate energy needs through renewables.

Also included in the motion is direction for staff to report back to Committee of the Whole by the second quarter of 2020 on the most effective way for the Corporation to work towards achieving the 2035 goal.

Mayor Cam Guthrie and others are against the declaration, Rodrigo Goller is in support of moving the targets up but not a declaration and others still, such as James Gordon, are in favour of both.

Extinction Rebellion supports both the emergency declaration and moving up the targets.