Anjali Appadurai nominated as NDP candidate in Vancouver Granville

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      NDP members in Vancouver Granville have nominated an oustpoken advocate for the planet as their candidate in this election.

      Anjali Appadurai is the climate-justice lead at Sierra Club B.C.

      In addition, Appadurai is a sectoral organizer with the Climate Emergency Unit, mobilizing artists across the country to address this issue.

      "I'm grateful to the people of Vancouver Granville for electing me to fight for them in the coming #Elxn44," Appadurai tweeted. "The real work starts now, and I'm so excited to get started."

      She also thanked her opponent for the NDP nomination, Markiel Simpson, "for being extraordinary in his talents, skills and contributions".

      "I look forward to being in Parliament alongside you one day!" she added, noting that she's learned a great deal from Simpson's "professionalism, determination and fun spirit".

      Appadurai burst to public prominence in 2011 at a UN Climate Summit in Durban with a fiery speech about the need for dramatic cuts in greehouse-gas emissions. It received a roaring response from youth delegates at the conference.

      Video: Watch Anjali Appadurai's speech and the audience's response at the 2011 UN Climate in Durban.

      "Where is the courage in this room? Now is not the time for incremental action. In the long-run, these will be seen as the defining moments of an era in which narrow self-interest prevailed over science, reason, and common compassion," she said at the time.

      "There is real ambition in this room but it’s been dismissed as radical, deemed not 'politically possible'," Appadurai continued.

      "Long-term thinking is not radical. What’s radical is to completely alter the planet’s climate, to betray the future of my generation and to condemn millions to death by climate change. What is radical is to write off the fact that change is within reach."

      Last year, Appadurai appeared as herself in Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan's documentary The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel.

      Vancouver Granville was represented by Wilson-Raybould

      Vancouver Granville was created as the city's sixth federal riding in advance of the 2015 election. It extends from West 4th/6th/2nd Avenue on the north to the Fraser River on the south. It includes parts or all of the neighbourhoods of Marpole, Oakridge, Kerrisdale, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy, South Cambie, Riley Park, Mount Pleasant, Fairview, and Kitsilano.

      The incumbent, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is not seeking reelection. 

      The Liberals have nominated tech entrepreneur Taleeb Noormohamed. Lawyer Kailin Che is running for the Conservatives. The People's Party of Canada nominated technical consultant Damian Jewett, whereas antiracist activist Imtiaz Popat will be running for the Greens.

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