The message was clear at today’s community climate change rally: we need to work together in the fight against climate change. And the first step to working together is coming together which is exactly what 100 people did at Hillcrest Park from 1-2 pm. Community members, Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP), the Thunder Bay Chapter of Council of Canadians, Thunder Bay Leadnow, Thunder Bay Idle No More, and politicians Bruce Hyer and Andrew Foulds were all part of the crowd that gathered to show their concern about climate change and to take action.
The Thunder Bay rally was themed around climate superheroes that defend our community against climate change. The Pipe-Cleaner, also known as Natalie Gerum and the event organizer, was one of the many dressed-up superheroes that showed up. “The purpose of today is for Thunder Bay to join a national day of action called Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities,” explained Natalie.
The event was part of a larger movement that took place from coast to coast today. Over 130 communities across Canada gathered to show opposition to reckless pipeline projects, tar sands expansion, and runaway gas emissions that is changing our climate. With government decisions on pipelines expected in the coming months, this nation-wide day of action was organized to send a clear message.
Erin Bottle from Mishkeegogamang First Nation had a very strong voice today as she sung traditional songs calling on our human family to unite in this time of crisis. “I came here to support love, to support humanity and to bring a strong message that to protect this Earth we have to work together,” said Erin. “We have to put down our fear and misunderstanding of each other to learn from each other and respect each other. All Nations have gifts, all Nations have strength, and together we become a strong human family.”