Tuesday, December 6, 2022
December 6, 2022

Islanders rally for climate justice


Driftwood Contributor

About 80 people came to the United Church Meadow at noon last Friday to rally for climate justice. 

The climate justice movement embeds climate change within social justice and recognizes that the people most negatively impacted by climate change are those least responsible for creating those impacts and the least able to mitigate or adapt to them.

Presentations were made at the rally about Indigenous reconciliation, BIPOC anti-racism, queer community and youth leadership, how to address class inequity, and standing against corporate and government-sanctioned logging in the Fairy Creek area. A booth about affordable housing demonstrated this many-pronged approach.

“Climate vulnerability is rooted in economic power,” Shamana Ali from the BIPOC Community Collective told the crowd.

Transition Salt Spring’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 and One Cool Island strategy, available on their website, shows how it’s all connected. To fix one thing, we need to fix them all.

“The decisions adults make today will affect youth like me for the rest of our lives,” said Azalia Vachon, a Grade 10 student at Gulf Islands Secondary School. “I don’t want to leave this mess for another generation, so we must take action now.”

Supporters are calling for a transformative climate emergency plan that recognizes the interconnected climate, ecological and social crises, and embeds equity, anti-racism and social justice at its core, while also upholding Indigenous rights.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Other stories you might like

Bandemonium and Swing Shift promise no cancellation for Dec. 3 concert

SUBMITTED BY BANDEMONIUM Bandemonium Concert Band and Swing Shift Big Band are combining forces to present a concert titled Let’s Try This Again, set for...

Christmas on Salt Spring activities bring community together for the holiday season

The Christmas season is well underway on Salt Spring Island, with the island’s Chamber of Commerce helping everyone get into the spirit of the...

Final push needed to protect 400 acres on Salt Spring’s south end

Salt Spring has an opportunity to preserve 400 acres of rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest with existing trails and connection to other important and well-loved...

GISS swimmers end season at provincials

By BRAD BUNYAN GISS SWIM TEAM COACH Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) swimmers spent two weekends last month in heavy competition, first against the other schools...


Salt Spring Island
light snow
1.1 ° C
3.3 °
-0.7 °
100 %
100 %
1 °
4 °
5 °
3 °
2 °