Chilliwack protesters join national ‘day of action’

A few dozen protestors showed their opposition to everything from pipelines to climate change inaction at MP Mark Strahl's office.

A few dozen protesters wave to passing motorists outside MP Mark Strahl's office on Vedder Road in Chilliwack Saturday. The group was part of a nation-wide 'day of action' on climate change.

A few dozen protesters wave to passing motorists outside MP Mark Strahl's office on Vedder Road in Chilliwack Saturday. The group was part of a nation-wide 'day of action' on climate change.

A few dozen Chilliwack protestors showed their opposition to everything from pipelines to climate change inaction in the parking lot of MP Mark Strahl’s office Saturday.

It was part of a national ‘Defend Our Climate, Defend our Communities’ day of action, organized to counter risks posed by pipelines and oil sands expansion to local communities.

“I think there’s a growing number of people like me who just can’t be apathetic about this issue anymore,” said organizer Rachel Knudsen of Chilliwack.

“One day my children are going to ask me what I did to prevent climate change, and I can’t live with the idea of saying, I didn’t do anything. I just ignored it.’”

Local volunteers organized the day of action event with national support and facilitation by Leadnow.ca and dozens of environmental, indigenous and community groups.

A recent poll at University of Montreal shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians want the federal government to take stronger action on climate change.

See more about the group online at http://defendourclimate.ca