On Friday at noon an event was held outside the front doors of St. Thomas City Hall to highlight the need to deal with the Climate Emergency. The event was held in tandem with worldwide events happening today on the same subject.
Around 40 persons from all walks of life were in attendance at the event. Many held handmade signs indicating their concern over the Climate Emergency, highlighting the desire of many to see real effective change as soon as possible.
Event organizer Julie Berry spoke at length and with passion on various issues, but concentrated her most potent remarks on the Climate Emergency. She also mentioned the scourges of homelessness and poverty as issues dear to her heart, but kept her most fiery remarks to the main subject of the protest.
Julie described how it was the young who were going to pay the price of Climate Change, and after she had finished speaking encouraged others to come up and mention the names of those young people in their lives who were likely to be most affected by future changes to the climate.
Julie mentioned repeatedly the fact that the most vulnerable were likely to be most affected by the Climate Emergency. She asked what people themselves were willing to give up to see real meaningful change happen. She asked everyone to think about the future and do whatever we can to plan for a better one.
“I’m not talking about changing your light bulbs to LED or recycling or composting. Of course those
things are essential, but if we are going to change the path we are on we cannot do it only by changing
our personal actions. NO. We have to engage our political leaders. We have to breathe fresh air into this
democratic system by demonstrating our strong commitment to change. Real, fundamental, systemic
change. It will not happen unless we hit the streets and make ourselves heard! I am not gonna lie to
you. Change will include limits you and I will have to accept. Like dietary changes. Changes to the
way we choose to travel. I ask you. What are you willing to change to allow for a future where your
children and their children can lead healthy, happy, fulfilling lives?
STEP ONE: ACCEPT THAT WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE
STEP TWO: EDUCATE YOURSELF.
STEP THREE: START THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
STEP FOUR. LET THE POLITICAL LEADERS IN THIS CITY, IN THIS PROVINCE AND IN
THIS COUNTRY KNOW THERE IS NO PLANET B! IN THIS FEDERAL ELECTION RIGHT
NOW DEMAND FROM EVERY PARTY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE BE THE NUMBER ONE
ISSUE. THE ECONOMY AND JOBS ARE PART AND PARCEL OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND
VOTE. VOTE WITH YOUR HEART FOR THE PARTY YOU BELIEVE WILL DO THE MOST TO
STEER THIS WORLD AWAY FROM THE PRECIPICE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. WE STILL LIVE
IN A DEMOCRACY. LETS ACT LIKE IT!” -Julie Berry
When Julie was done speaking she received a loud round of applause from all present.
Speaking as well was Elgin-Middlesex-London incumbent MP Karen Vecchio who described the need to listen to Canadians on these issues. She received a lukewarm reception from the crowd with some shouting they wanted more than listening, they wanted action. Others however clapped and indicated they respected her position on the issue.
Before closing the event Julie let everyone know there would be further events every Friday at noon in front of City Hall in St Thomas to keep the event in view and important, and encouraged everyone to come back and support in the future.