Residents rally for climate change action

Leadnow organizing rallies in communities across Canada Saturday, with one scheduled for downtown Vernon.

  • Nov. 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.

North Okanagan residents are invited to join the effort to fight climate change.

The Canadian organization Leadnow is organizing rallies in communities across Canada Saturday, with one scheduled for downtown Vernon.

“People from all walks of life – First Nations, ranchers, fishermen, business owners, foresters, teachers – are coming together like never before across the country to form a united wall of opposition and to call on our national leaders to defend our climate and communities from pipelines and the reckless expansion of the oil sands,” said Maggie Knight, managing director for Leadnow.

“We’ve seen our government work with industry to undermine their own climate legislation and it’s time for change.”

In Vernon, the event involves a walk from city hall to the office of MLA Eric Foster and MP Colin Mayes’ office.

There is a list of requests for action which organizers hope to present to the local politicians.

Anyone wanting to take part is asked to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vernon city hall.

The event will officially get underway at 1:10 p.m. with a speech and then proceed at 1:30 p.m. to Foster’s office and 1:50 p.m. to Mayes’ office.

There will be musicians, banners to carry, and nature-themed costumes for children to wear.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own placard stating their views on climate change.

Or, they can make a sign at the meeting place (all supplies will be provided).

For more information about the rally, go to http://defendourclimate.ca