Mori Dagnino and Cyenna Douglas work on a protest sign. They hope in the future, more of their peers will come out to speak against climate change. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Climate change strike attracts all ages in Hope

Concerns range from corporate greed to personal responsibilities, food security

About 40 people gathered in front of the District of Hope municipal office on Friday, eager to share their message with the community.

They were joined by reportedly millions of like-minded individuals worldwide who did the same in their own communities, for a youth-led global climate change strike. While some major cities, including Vancouver, were forced to grind to a halt for the crowds that emerged, Hope’s strike was peaceful and kept to the grass and sidewalks.

“Save our planet,” read Kara Toop’s poster.

The Grade 9 Hope secondary student was one of about 10 who showed up to the strike. Fraser Cascade permitted students to leave to attend the strike, as long as parents permitted. Toop and others said they went to school until lunch, and most everyone left and didn’t plan to return for the afternoon.

They hope in the future that more of their peers will take the time to have their voices heard.

“I think we can make a huge chance with this (movement),” Toop said. “I think that our voices need to be heard. Look at us, we are all gathering to be heard.”

READ MORE: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Cyenna Douglas, a Grade 8 student at HSS, said it was her first doing any sort of public activism.

“We have voices and we should use them, at least once in our lives,” she said.

But for some among the crowd, the strike was part of a long-held belief that humans should be doing more to protect the planet.

Joe Bowman said he was impressed with the turnout, for Hope’s first ever climate change action. He runs a sustainable farm near Union Bar where he teaches others about permaculture. He’s had more than 160 people visit from 27 countries.

When asked brought him to the strike on Friday, Bowman had a simple answer.

“My conscience.”

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Will Claeys works on a protest sign on Sept. 27 in Hope, as people around the world gathered to protest climate change. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Joe Bowman runs a permaculture farm outside of Hope and teaches people how to live off the land in a sustainable way. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

A handful of students from Hope secondary came to the climate change protest in Hope, in front of the District Hope office. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

People of all ages and backgrounds spent time chatting about their concerns with each, from corporate greed to individual responsibilities. Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard

Lisa Nguyen (centre) gets some help with her protest sign on Friday. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

(Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

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