Rallying for climate action

A few hundred people in Kelowna joined hundreds of thousands around the world rallying for action on climate change, Friday.

The Global Climate Strike was held all over the world, filling streets from Melbourne to New York. The event, to encourage politicians to take action on climate change, was started by 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg.

“We're just a group of climate-concerned activists who want to bring awareness to the fact that Canada has declared a national climate emergency. And we just want, locally, our own city to act on that, and to make and review policies that would help Canada prevent climate change,” said Adam Frank, one of the Kelowna event's organizers.

The strike saw students around the world skip out of school to take part in the protests. Locally, Central Okanagan School Supt. Kevin Kaardal sent a letter to parents saying the event was not sanctioned by the district.

Local candidates in the upcoming election from the Green Party and NDP attended Friday's event.

“This I where I come for my inspiration. Normally, I'm giving out inspiration and trying to get people to vote Green, and here I am getting inspiration from kids,” said Robert Mellalieu, Green candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

“That's what it's all about. It's about the kids and trying to protect the planet from a mass extinction event so those little kids can grow up to have healthy, wealthy lives.”

A similar rally will be held at UBC Okanagan on Sept. 26, while another will be held outside Kelowna City Hall next Friday.

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