Devoted environmentalist Anjali Appadurai seeks leadership of the BC NDP

There is a second candidate in the running to replace John Horgan as leader of the BC NDP.

Anajli Appadurai has posted “BCNDP Leadership Candidate” on her Twitter profile.

Appadurai, a longtime environmentalist, was the federal NDP candidate in Vancouver-Granville in the 2019 election, losing narrowly to Taleeb Noormohamed.

“We need a leader who puts the health of people and the planet first,” reads anjaliforbc.ca. “Anjali brings honesty, courage and a new vision to BC.”

The website calls on people to become a BC NDP member before September 4 in order to support her candidacy.

Anyone 12 years of age or older who is a resident of BC can join the party and vote for it.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher,” the website states.

The only candidate named so far is former Attorney General David Eby, who claims to have the support of 48 members of the provincial NDP caucus.

Appadurai previously worked as a climate justice campaigner at Sierra Club BC

Last year, she wrote an article on Straight.com highlighting how poorly BC has fared compared to western industrialized nations in tackling greenhouse gas emissions.

“Despite its reputation as an environmental leader, British Columbia is not doing its part to change that,” wrote Appadurai and co-author Jens Wieting. “Instead, the province continues to subsidize fracking, clearing the last carbon-rich old growth, building the $16 billion dollar destructive Site C dam, trampling on indigenous rights and limiting British Columbia’s ability to fund effective climate action.

“As in Canada, BC provincial emissions have remained consistently high,” they continued. “Like Canada’s, BC’s weak climate targets are inconsistent with the goal of the Paris Agreement, and they are underfunded and underfunded.”

Anjali Appadurai’s 2021 article featured this image, showing how poorly BC has performed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2020 Appadurai appeared in the documentary The New Corporation: The Sadly Necessary Sequelby BC filmmakers Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan.

The film highlighted the growing links between anti-corporate activism and electoral politics, as evidenced by the political emergence of MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barcelona Mayor Adu Colau and Seattle Councilor Kshama Sawant.

Appadurai first gained public prominence in 2011 as a youth delegate to the UN climate summit in Durban.

“Long-term thinking is not radical,” Appadurai said in a fiery speech at the time. “What is radical is completely changing the Earth’s climate, betraying the future of my generation and condemning millions to death because of climate change. What is radical is writing off that change is within reach.”

Video from "Get It Done": Pushing for Climate Justice, Youth Delegate Anjali Appadurai Mic Checks UN Summit

Video: Watch Anjali Appadurai’s speech at the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference

Appadurai has launched its candidate a day after the heaviest rains in recorded history enveloped Seoul, South Korea.

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