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Global climate strike draws crowds for new plan

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More than two hundred community members gathered outside the Kingston courthouse for the global climate strike.

Kingston joined more than 1,200 communities around the world participating in the climate action demonstration on September 25.

The event itself was kicked off for a loop, with plans that included a walk to Confederation Park being in conversation with public health hours before the event.

The strike was organized through the collaboration of Queen’s students and a number of climate activist groups like QPAC, 350 Kingston and Just Recovery, and attempted to relay the message that everyone has a place in the fight against climate change.

Jeremy Milloy, an organizer for 350 Kingston, says figuring out how you can apply your skills and passions to the fight for climate justice is one of the best ways to get involved.

He added that the diverse crowd outside the courthouse continues to demonstrate that climate change is a priority issue.

“I think the diversity of the crowd and the size of the crowd reflects the fact that over 70% of voters in the last election here in this constituency voted for parties that pledged climate action,” said Milloy.

“I think it shows that the community from all walks of life wants climate justice and we are waiting for climate justice in the next parliament.”

Milloy encourages people to engage in conversations about climate justice to keep it at the forefront, which organizer and masters student Emily Cervenka echoed.

She says she hopes a rally like Friday’s will spark action from participants.

“The most important thing is to stay engaged and talk about it. We hope it was a spark to get everyone thinking about it, ”said Cervenka.

Organizers say their main demands to the government are the end of fossil fuel subsidies, the shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline and the implementation of the Just Transition Act.

With the intersection of colder weather and COVID restrictions looming, organizers are aware that large gatherings like Friday’s will no longer be possible.

Milloy says, however, that it does not and will not impact the movement.

“We have organized during this pandemic all the time, we have organized the events that we can do safely, we are not going to stop, we are not going to leave.”