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Final Kelowna climate strike doubles in size and volume

September 27, 2019 - 2:00 PM

KELOWNA - There were twice as many people and they were 10 times louder than the crowd gathered the previous week for the third and final climate strike in Kelowna.

“I think people have been seeing this happen around the world and they wanted to be a part of it,” Adam Frank, one of the organizers, said as the approximately four hundred climate strikers chanted "1.5 to stay alive."

“It’s been really amazing, particularly with the young people who have shown up… they’re really leading the way with this.”

Hundreds of students were at City Hall today, Sept. 27, for the climate strike, which was organized by Extinction Rebellion, Kelowna Climate Save and Kelowna Youth Climate Action.

Frank said that numbers were buoyed by businesses like MEC and LUSH, letting their employees out to take part in the strike.

Students said they were also let out of class early and together they implored the hundreds gathered to demand world leaders gathering at a UN climate summit adopt urgent measures to avert environmental catastrophe.

“I’m literally here to save the planet,” said Devon Hall, 14.

She said her parents knew she was there, even though they didn’t pay much mind to the issue.

That said, it keeps her up at night and she, and her classmates, feel anxiety thinking about the way the world is going.

 - There were twice as many people and they were 10 times louder than the crowd gathered the previous week for the third and final climate strike in Kelowna today
- There were twice as many people and they were 10 times louder than the crowd gathered the previous week for the third and final climate strike in Kelowna today

If the crowd gathered indicated anything, however, it’s that it’s not just a young person’s concern, despite chants of "You'll die of old age, I'll die of climate change."

A full spectrum of ages was in the crowd, belonging to different causes and organizations. Among their ranks were members of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church,

Reverend Anne Privett was there with some parishioners, carrying a sign reading “Anglicans for Climate Justice.”

Privett said it’s part of their faith to uphold the sanctity of the earth.

Climate change, she said, is an issue that needs to be acted on now.

"The science proves it,” she said. “Anglicans are people of science and of faith.”

It’s heartening, she added, to see so many young people engaged.

While the climate strikes are over, Frank said that the organizations that organized the strike are working together again to try and reach out to city councillors and make a difference.


 - There were twice as many people and they were 10 times louder than the crowd gathered the previous week for the third and final climate strike in Kelowna today
- There were twice as many people and they were 10 times louder than the crowd gathered the previous week for the third and final climate strike in Kelowna today

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