Climate Day of Action in Vancouver

On Saturday, October 24 I participated in the International Day of Climate Action organized by 350.org and Bridge to a cool planet. The goal of this day was to to put pressure on governments to push for an “ambitious, fair, and binding” climate deal at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December.


In Vancouver, 5000 people joined the walk from the Cambie bridge to Science World where a festival was scheduled. The weather was good and there was a pleasant atmosphere. I did not take my camera. So the pictures below have been found on the internet:


International Day of Climate Action on Cambie Bridge
photo 350.org (c) Creative Commons


Many cyclists and families attended the parade. Some people wore well-made costumes.

man disguised as a bird     man disguised as a dinosaur
                        photos ajfis2 and 350.org (c) Creative Commons


 


A giant banner saying: “Canadians care – Climate action now” was hung off the side of the bridge.

 


The day is finished but you can still be a part of the climate action:

* You can sign the petition on tck tck tck website

* You can download the ‘Beds are Burning’ song for free on Time for climate justice website (2015 Note: the site is not active anymore).

* You can spread the message

 


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The story of the hummingbird

Colibri


The story is about a day in the forest when a huge fire broke out. All the animals fled, except this humming bird, which decided to stay and put out the fire. It flew to the nearest river, picked up a drop of water with its tiny beak, flew back and poured that drop on the fire. It repeated this action over and over again, each time bringing a drop of water. The other animals watched from a distance, laughing and mocking the hummingbird. The harder they laughed, the harder the humming bird worked. It remained committed, persistent and patient. “What do you think you are doing?” the other animals asked, “you are too little for the big fire.”


Without stopping her work, the bird answered, “I’m doing the best I can”. […]


Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s what we are all called to do: Give the best of ourselves. 


This is an extract from a speech by Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate.

 


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