On Sunday, September 22, nearly 300 Peterborough residents gathered at Centennial Park to protest the Canadian government’s shameful lack of action on Climate Change and to let them know that we care. Grandparents, children, and grandchildren wore purple including many with 350.org headbands provided for the occasion.
Local entertainers Washboard Hank, Al Black, Rick and Gailie, and others performed and led the crowd in the highlight event, a singing of “Do It Now“, an inspirational and moving climate change song. Jacob Rotenburg made a short, effective speech, and 13 year old Geeta Narine provided a youth perspective in the form of an interview with Linda Slavin while MC’s Rosemary Ganley and Michael VanderHerberg kept the proceedings moving. A contingent of students from Kenner High School acted as marshals.
Many people contributed to the success of this event, but particular credit should go to Linda and Al Slavin who worked tirelessly. We intend to hold an even bigger and better rally next fall with at least 1,000 participants.