In support of global climate marches that took place around the world, about 50 marchers gathered at Castlegar’s city hall on Sunday. The group walked to Millennium Park and were joined by another 150 people. “We hope to encourage the leaders that are gathered in Paris to make a full commitment to help us transition from a fossil fuel based economy to an economy that is fair for all people based on renewable energy,” said organizer Greg Powell. “Some of us have gathered early to march down and show that the people power is behind it.”
The group heard speakers from a variety of backgrounds and ages including First Nations, Doukhobour, high school students and seniors. Messages from politicians and music rounded out the schedule.
Powell was pleased with the turn out. “It shows the concern for climate justice is very widespread, and I see a lot of optimism and hope for a future based on 100% renewables that is fair for all people,” he said.