Clime-change activists are hosting a family-friendly cross-border rally to “unite North Americans demanding climate action” at Peace Arch Park Saturday afternoon.
Environmentalists, First Nations representatives and community members from B.C. and Washington are to gather at the Peace Arch border crossing from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 20, according to a news release.
The rally – organized by the Wilderness Committee, Georgia Strait Alliance and the “nonviolent civil disobedience” organization 350 Seattle – was timed around the UN Climate Summit, which is set for Tuesday (Sept. 23) in New York City.
“People from diverse communities surrounding the Salish Sea will join to demand an end to oil, gas and coal expansion proposals that threaten to turn this region into a gateway to global climate change,” the news release states.
Planned speakers represent the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative (Rueben George), the Lummi Nation (Jewell James), the Wilderness Committee (Eoin Madden), Georgia Strait Alliance (Alexandra Woodsworth) and 350 Seattle (Lynn Fitz-Hugh).
The rally is also described as in solidarity with the NYC People’s Climate March (Sept. 21), and “to honour the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea.”