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iN PHOTOS: Climate protesters back up downtown Kelowna traffic

These climate activists did a 30-second “die-in” on Water Street in front of Kelowna City Hall, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Most drivers simply turned around.
November 29, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Chanting, "Stop denying the planet is dying" and carrying poster boards with messages like "greenhouse gases kill the masses" climate protesters turned heads in downtown Kelowna today.

Extinction Rebellion organized the local climate protest, joining thousands of others in 2,300 cities in 153 countries. Internationally, they're all demanding more action on climate change and trying to sway political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at the United Nations climate summit in Madrid from Dec. 2 to 13.

Locally, they're hoping for some action on Kelowna's current climate plan. Extinction Rebellion members say it's “woefully inadequate” and lacks clear deadlines and accountability.

“After September we had a couple of talks with (Kelowna city) council and they had the same stance on the climate emergency they had a year ago," Ana Ciocoiu said.

The City also gave a "flat out ‘no’ to calling a climate emergency,” she said.

This protest was aimed at changing the minds of local politicians.

Some 450 municipalities across Canada have declared climate emergencies, including Vancouver, New Westminster, Port Moody and North Vancouver.

Chanting “Science doesn’t lie, City Council does” these climate activists blocked traffic as they walked towards City Hall in downtown Kelowna, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Chanting “Science doesn’t lie, City Council does” these climate activists blocked traffic as they walked towards City Hall in downtown Kelowna, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

A symbolic canoe was propped against a tree at Kelowna City Hall as part of a climate protest, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
A symbolic canoe was propped against a tree at Kelowna City Hall as part of a climate protest, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Carli Berry

Climate protesters slowed traffic in downtown Kelowna, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Climate protesters slowed traffic in downtown Kelowna, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Carli Berry

Extinction Rebellion protesters in downtown Kelowna turned some heads, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Extinction Rebellion protesters in downtown Kelowna turned some heads, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Carli Berry

 


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