With the COP21 Climate Change summit set to kick off in Paris tomorrow, nearly two thousand people have turned out to a rally and march in Vancouver.
The event is being held in solidarity with similar marches around the world.
Claris Figuera is one of the organizers of today’s march to mark the eve of the Paris Climate Change Summit.
“We’re out in the masses all over the world, marching for climate justice and action on climate change.”
Climate March about to begin in Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/LXmMGWX6eP
— Roshini Nair (@roshini980) November 29, 2015
And many people turned out show their solidarity.
“We’ve only got one planet – and one shot at doing this.”
“We’re here for climate justice.”
“Just trying to do my part in raising awareness.”
Few thousand downstairs at Vancouver Art Gallery for climate change rally. pic.twitter.com/suAe1eojGk
— Matt Lee (@mattlee980) November 29, 2015
Organizer Ruth Walmsley represents one of the 50 local organizations that put the rally together, one of many taking place worldwide.
“We are marching for many different reasons, many of us are very concerned about climate change and the need to take fairly major action in the near future to address some of those concerns.”
But while the goal of the summit is a legally binding international agreement on climate, some activists wonder whether if that’s achievable.
“Does the cost of the ticket – can I actually justify that in accomplishing anything there, or will I just be another face in the crowd?”
Rob Shirkey’s non-profit group Our Horizon advocates for climate change warning labels on gas station nozzles. He says he’s seen more success at the municipal level.
“I think there’s just so many competing interests at the national level which in some ways make it almost a less effective place to actually tackle this problem. If you can get them to do interesting and innovative things and have it spread, it might then trickle up to create more space for senior levels of government.”
The Paris Climate Change summit is the 21st international meeting on environmental issues since 1992. Meetings take place from November 30 to December 11.
Listen: CKNW’s Roshini Nair on the climate change march
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