A walk in the right direction

Maureen Coulter
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Sharon Labchuk, coordinator of Earth Action shows her support at the Climate Justice Walk at Province House Sunday. The Charlottetown walk was one of many to take place Sunday as several peace walks were happening around the world with the biggest one in New York City.

A Climate Justice March was held at Province House in Charlottetown Sunday giving Islanders a chance to join in solidarity and to voice their concerns of climate change.

Sunday was International Peace Day and across the world several peace walks took place with the biggest one in New York City.

The march on P.E.I. was put on by The Council of Canadians, the Island Peace Committee and Earth Action.

Eliza Starchild Knockwood of Abegweit First Nations said individuals have a huge responsibility in this lifetime to be at peace with what’s going to happen in the future.

“Walk with peace within ourselves and to know that our Mother Earth is here to provide everything we need to survive.”

The march started off with a 10 minute meditation followed by Knockwood playing her drum and singing a Mother Earth song.

Jordan MacPhee turned 24-year-old Sunday and he said there was no place he would rather be than at the Climate Justice March.

MacPhee said he comes from the generation that is going to inherit the consequences of the environmental destruction that has happened over the past few generations.

“Stay active, stay involved stay political and transform yourself into the kind of individual that the world needs.”

MacPhee addressed the crowd in hopes of reaching to people his age and younger.

“I think we just need to recognize that it’s a fallacy to believe that we are powerless. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our future generations to heal some of the damage that has been done.”

Leo Broderick of the Council of Canadians said he believes climate change is the issue of the century.

“We need renewable energy and we need to stop giving billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry in this country and concentrate on renewable.”

Broderick said it can be done because the technology is there.

“I think today is an extremely significant day around the world. It does indicate that people are very concerned about the climate change issue.”

After several people take the microphone to talk about climate change a sheet with lyrics with Imagine and Get Together was handed out. At the end, the group walked around the block for their march.

Organizations: Province House, Island Peace Committee, Abegweit First Nations

Geographic location: Charlottetown, New York City

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