On April 26, 2015, a march was held in Calgary, in solidarity with other demonstrations being held across the country (and around the world) as people come together to demonstrate the need to “Act on Climate” leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Paris (set for December, 2015).
As Louis Koutis (CCAN) explained, it wasn’t a protest but rather a march to show support for a transition to clean renewable energy. The day began with a gathering at City Hall and speakers discussing climate change, the future, and our responsibility to act now. The crowd marched from City Hall to Eau Claire Market, where they finished the afternoon with music and discussions about a greener future.
Hundreds of people, young and old, marched the streets of Calgary. Their chants of “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE” rang off the buildings downtown. Some people spoke afterwards of joining simply because they saw the group marching though the streets – while others had planned the event for weeks before the day.
Canada has become an international embarrassment under the Harper Government due to their complete failure to act on anything related to climate change. Canadians across the country are demanding change – from the 25,000 people who marched in Quebec – to protests in Vancouver and cities in between from coast to coast – including Calgary, a city home to industry elites and the head offices of corporations such as TransCanada, Shell, Husky,and EnCana (to name a few).
It was an amazing day in Calgary – the weather was perfect and the mood was hopeful. Many people joined together to make a strong presence. Please feel free to share this post on social media and tag your friends if you see a familiar face!
I have been working on editing a video and had hoped to post it all together, but the video is taking too long, so I wanted to at least share some photos. Hopefully I will be able to share a video soon.
photos by Aiyana Lauridsen – available for non-commercial use only
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