Quinte: Walking, rallying for action on climate change

Determined Quinte activists, young and old, send Todd Smith a message. But does anyone in the Ford government actually listen?


A group of marchers hold signs aloft that call for action on climate change in the Quinte region and abroad during the “Earth Hour: One Message, One Voice” walk and educational rally on Friday. PHOTO: BROCK ORMOND/INQUINTE.CA

Helping to educate future generations tackle the growing concern of climate change and raise awareness on supporting renewable energy was the goal behind the Earth Hour Walk and Rally on Friday.

About 80 people, including a small group of students from Centennial Secondary School, participated in a walk entitled “Earth Hour: One Message, One Voice,” and an educational rally to raise awareness on the realities of climate change and what kind of impact it will have on the younger people growing up.

The group marched from Zwick’s Park in Belleville, across the Norris Whitney Bridge to Todd Smith’s constituency office in Rossmore to hear speeches and view displays showcasing why people should be supporting renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and other eco-friendly initiatives.

The group says they are not happy with the provincial government’s cancellation of renewable energy projects like the WPD White Pines Wind Farm Project in Prince Edward County.

Image result for Jen Ackerman White Pines WindOne of the organizers, Jen Ackerman, says she was generally pleased with the turnout, and was especially happy with the youth’s initiative to make their voices heard for their future.

“We heard them here today, they are strong and they are going to get stronger,” Ackerman said. “They care about the future, the planet, the inhabitance on this planet. Those kids are just wonderful.” MORE

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