Climate march in Cranbrook Saturday

This Saturday in Cranbrook, the People's Climate March hits the streets to demand action against climate change from elected leaders

This Saturday in Cranbrook, the People’s Climate March hits the streets to demand action against climate change from elected leaders. The march is part of the global weekend of action ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Cranbrook will be joining hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and at more than 1500 other rallies in 130 countries.

“This will be the biggest worldwide climate march yet” said Lars Sander-Green, Wildsight’s Climate Program Manager. “It will send a strong message to our elected leaders that real action on climate change just can’t wait any longer.”

Wildsight is leading the Cranbrook march and joining with more than 1,000 other groups around the world coming together for the worldwide event. More than 75,000 people have already committed to joining events around the world and many times that number are expected by organizers.

“Climate impacts are already beginning to be felt by frontline communities around the world, who are often some of the most world’s most vulnerable people,” Sander-Green said. “So we need coordinated international action now to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

“That’s the message marchers will be sending to Stephen Harper, our MP David Wilks, and all the world leaders who will be attending the UN Climate Summit.”

The climate march starts at noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Rotary Park in Cranbrook (on 11th Avenue South at 1st Street), with marchers gathering to make signs at 11:30 am. From Rotary Park, the march will pass through downtown and end up at MP David Wilks’ office to send a message demanding action on climate change.

More information is available by calling Wildsight at 250-427 2535, Extension 2. Everyone is welcome to join the People’s Climate March, which will last about one hour.

“The transition to a world economy that works for people and the planet is not far out of reach, but we need a global push now before runaway climate change takes root,” said Sander-Green. “That’s why we’ll be marching in Cranbrook on Saturday.”

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