Nanaimo youth sounded the alarm bells about climate change at a rally this week.
On Friday, September 24, a Fridays for Future climate rally and strike march at Diana Krall Plaza was hosted by the University of Vancouver Island Eco Club and the Nanaimo Climate Action Hub.
Speakers at the event raised concerns about threats to the environment and attendees marched through the city center in hopes of raising awareness about the climate crisis.
Jocelyn Maguire, Eco Club member and organizer, said Fridays For Future is a youth-led movement inspired by Greta Thunberg and made up mostly of people of college age or younger who have participated in similar events across the world.
Climate change is not only a global problem, but also a local problem, according to Maguire.
“A large [issue] is green transport. Obviously, transport is a very big emitter, with people traveling by car and vehicle and so if we had better infrastructure for maybe bicycles, walking and buses, that would be much better, âhe said. declared Maguire.
As the City of Nanaimo added bike lanes and, with the Nanaimo Regional District, invested in public transportation, Maguire said more could be done.
âIt has to be on a much larger scale,â Maguire said. âObviously in Nanaimo it’s difficultâ¦ but there are still many ways to do better. “
Julia Roberts of Nanaimo Green Faith Circle told those in attendance that the faith community is also concerned about issues impacting the environment. The climate crisis is a spiritual and moral crisis, she said.
âWe are offering the wisdom of our various religious traditions to help heal this crisisâ¦ many of us here are from other countries, or maybe our ancestors came from other countries,â said Roberts. âWe have brought with us religions that have various festivals, spiritual practices and ways of imagining the divine mystery that underlies life.
âDespite our differences, our beliefs drive us all to care for the poor, to welcome the stranger, to seek justice, to love our neighbors and to take care of our Earth. In various ways, all of our religions say the Earth is sacred.
Maguire estimated that 70 people attended.
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