The steps of Revelstoke City Hall will attract another climate strike event at noon on Friday.
The Sept. 27 protest coincides with international climate strike events timed to coincide with the UN’s emergency climate summit last week. The Friday protest will cap off a week of climate strike events around the globe. Events are planned for all major cities in Canada.
School-aged youth rally at September 20 climate strike event
A crowd of over 500 gathered in front of Revelstoke City Hall on Sept. 20 for a climate protest event that coincided with large climate strike protests around the globe.
The event saw a big turnout from local schools, including students from all elementary schools and a smaller contingent of high school-aged students.
On Mackenzie Avenue, organizers of the event set up information booths that featured science displays from students and booths from local environment-related organizations. School staff participated in the event, helping organize with the students.
Many downtown shops closed for the lunch hour in solidarity with the event.
Younger children drew climate change-related messages on the sidewalk while older students created signs for the protest. Both the high school and elementary school students rallied on the steps of city hall, giving speeches and imploring action from leaders.
They pointed out the urgent need to take action to halt the acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions immediately in order to prevent scenarios where feedback loops, such as the melting of the Canadian permafrost, would release more GHGs and contribute to runaway, uncontrollable climate change and environmental disaster.