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Students hold climate march through Courtenay

Students and supporters took messages through downtown streets

Students and adult supporters took their message to the streets in Courtenay Friday afternoon.

As the latest climate strike by young people to alert the wider community about the effects of climate change, about a hundred or so people gathered at Simms Millennium Park before most set off to march through the streets of downtown Courtenay.

The event followed a Comox Youth Climate Council event at a market day in downtown Comox last month.

Some of the organizers spoke to the crowd briefly. Ella Oldaker started by noting the event was taking place on unceded Indigenous land.

“We reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation,” she said.

Alianna Merrilees then spoke about the effects of human-caused climate change, noting how while there had always been natural climate change, the effects had been more gradual than what people are seeing now from human-caused factors.

“We need to stop this ASAP,” she said.

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The group then set off over the 5th Street Bridge, moved over to 4th Street, then on toward Fitzgerald Avenue and Cumberland Road before turning back toward England Avenue and eventually back on Cliffe Avenue toward city hall.

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Students led the climate strike along Fitzgerald Avenue in Courtenay on Friday afternoon. Photo by Mike Chouinard
One of the marchers shows off her message along Cliffe Avenue. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Some had messages for the provincial government about old-growth logging. Photo by Mike Chouinard
This sign has the final word along the march. Photo by Mike Chouinard

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