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Lake Country climate protesters find their muse in snow sculptures

A snowman protest will be held in Lake Country.
Image Credit: Eat Play Love

A Lake Country church group wants you to build snow sculptures in order to take action against climate change.

Eat Play Love, part of Winfield United Church, is partnering with Citizens Climate Lobby Canada - Okanagan Chapter for a snowman protest. Participants are encouraged to bring shovels, sculpting tools, spoons, butter knives and whatever else they need to be a part of the public art piece.

Residents can build one or as many snow people or animals as they want, which will be fitted with signs to “give a voice to our concerns,” Eat Play Love posted on its Facebook event. Eventually, the snow sculptures will melt, which can be seen as a statement for warming global temperatures.

“It makes a good statement. It’s not to make light of the issue by any means, because I think that’s very important… I think humour and creativity and art are always good avenues to gain a new perspective of the world," said organizer Spiro Vouladakis, adding the protest is a good way to show concern and it's a more gentle and less polarizing form of protest.

According to a UN emissions report, the world is currently on track for a temperature rise of more than 3 C, which would be detrimental to the planet and everything living on it.

“Maybe some people might not agree and think that politics shouldn’t happen in the church, but I don’t see this as a political event. It’s a scientifically proven phenomenon that our planet is warming and it’s the result of human activity. I think maybe in the past religion has mainly been about the human condition, (but) I think in this day and age, people care about the non-human,” he said.

The event ties in well with Eat Play Love’s initiative, he said, as the group aims to connect families.

“We tried to revamp a typical Sunday worship service and provide a less intimidating place for people to gather and do what our title says: to eat together, (play together) and just learn how to love and take care of one another in the long term,” he said.

Vouladakis hopes around 15 to 20 people will show up. The protest takes place Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. near the Okanagan Rail Trail on Woodsdale Road. Materials for signs will be provided.


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