Protesters waved signs and received encouraging honks from passing drivers during Langley’s Climate Strike protest on Friday at the Township Civic Facility. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Crowds grow for Langley’s second day of Climate Strike

More than 50 protesters from seniors to toddlers were involved Friday

Langley’s second Climate Strike event drew a crowd of more than 50 people calling for government action on climate change Friday at the Township Civic Facility.

The group of protesters included Trinity Western University students, parents with young children, teenagers, and senior citizens from local streamkeeper and environmental groups.

The protesters waved signs urging action at passing cars, and were answered with numerous honks.

“This is a a really big deal for their future,” said Kathryn Nurse, who attended with her children, including three-year-old Lily.

Nurse said she wanted her children to be able to say they protested when they are older, and to know they tried to change things.

John Evanochko, of the Climate Crisis Langley Action Partners (CCLAP) noted that some Langley residents were also planning to meet at the Carvolth Park and Ride later in the day to head into Vancouver for the larger climate strike events.

“It’s finally getting attention,” said Evanochko, who arrived via bicycle.

READ MORE: Climate Strike protesters gather in Langley

At least two of Langley’s federal candidates arrived as well, with Green Party’s Kaija Farstad and Liberal Leon Jensen chatting about climate change.

Farstad said she felt like some of the political parties are now catching up to what citizens want on climate change. Jensen said the issue is becoming less partisan.

“I think it now belongs to everybody,” he said.

Some of the people in the crowd were Green supporters, like Barry Azevedo.

“The climate issue is an existential crisis,” he said.

He and Keith Foss both had some suggestions for things governments could do to start changing things, including bans on single use plastics, curbing fossil fuel use in sectors like manufacturing, and switching over to electrification of heating for buildings and transportation.

This is the second Friday of Climate Strike events taking place in Canada and around the world.

The event was largely inspired by 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who recently addressed the UN Climate Summit.

READ MORE: ‘How dare you?’ Greta Thunberg addresses UN Climate Summit

 

Protesters waved signs and received encouraging honks from passing drivers during Langley’s Climate Strike protest on Friday at the Township Civic Facility. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Protesters waved signs and received encouraging honks from passing drivers during Langley’s Climate Strike protest on Friday at the Township Civic Facility. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Federal candidates for Langley-Aldergrove Liberal Leon Jensen (left) and Green Kaija Farstad (right) were at the Climate Strike. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Lily Nurse, three, was one of the youngest protesters at Friday’s Climate Strike event in Langley at the Township Civic Facility. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

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