Communities and organizations are calling for a National Day of Action on Saturday, May 10. Coast residents have a choice of various rallies and programs in which they can participate. Locally, there will be a Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities rally in Powell River at 1 pm. at the Willingdon Beach Arena site on 4845 Marine Ave.
As their contribution to the "Day of Action", the Sea to Sky Outdoor School will have its 'Nature Nest' - a classroom for sustainability education open from 11:00am - 3:00pm in the portable next to the parking lot at Langdale Elementary on Johnson Road in Langdale Heights. They will be actively raising public awareness to the need for individual and neighbourhood actions with a classroom full of props. Bill McKibben's "Three most significant numbers", Enbridge pipeline visuals, the significance of 350ppm, biggy-sized carbon molecules and a 7 foot diameter spinning inflatable Earth will all be part of the awareness raising.
In Vancouver, thousands are expected to attend the #NoEnbridge Pipeline Rally at Sunset Beach on English Bay (1202 Beach Ave.) beginning at 2 pm. There will be music, food and speakers. The rally will include speeches from a number of representatives from First Nations and civil society organizations including ForestEthics, the Wilderness Committee, and LeadNow, as well as representatives from labour and business.
“We are slipping into a democracy gap, where the views of our communities are being ignored in the name of Big Oil profits. The only way to stop the slide is to come out in force, once again, and let our voices be heard as one,” said Eoin Madden, Climate Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.