Locals join worldwide call for action on climate change
TRURO - With each blare of a car horn the chants grew louder along Prince Street in Truro Saturday.
"Drought, drought, what's it all about? Poverty, starvation, human migration! Politicians playing!" was one chant repeatedly recited along the street.
About 35 people carrying posters and noisemakers, ringing bells and chanting environmental anecdotes took to the streets as a call for action to help solve the world's climate crisis.
"It's one of the biggest concerns we have," said Truro's Mary Jo Harrison.
"People worry about the economy, and that's important, but climate change affects the whole world."
She was disappointed to see a small turnout for Saturday's event.
"Today's supposed to be a wakeup call ... but what we lack in numbers we make up in spirit and determination."
The gathering was in conjunction with International Day of Climate Action. Communities worldwide hosted environmental festivities and bells were rung from churches at 3:50 p.m. The time was significant as world leaders are being urged to sign a global agreement to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. It's now 389 parts per million.
In Truro, nine people gathered at the fire hall to watch Home, a documentary on environmental damage being done to the Earth. About 35 people gathered to make posters and walk for the cause as church bells rang 35 times at 3:50 p.m.
Truro's JoAnna Thompson helped organize the event.
While she was pleased with the enthusiasm of the participants, she was frustrated with the lack of people.
"I'm very disappointed in the attendance," she said.
Thompson said Truro is making strides in environmental improvements, but more needs to be done.
"... groups like KAIROS and the Living Earth Council are becoming more serious about this issue. But we need more teamwork, sharing of ideas ... I want to see more action," said Thompson.
"Turn off your lights when you're not using them, use better energy (sources), carpool, ride your bike or walk ... these are all things we were told when we were young," Thompson said.
Laurence Potvin, 19, is here from Quebec with Canada World Youth. Potvin was eager to participate in the gathering.
"It's a small group but it's a beginning. When you are little you pick up garbage and do that sort of thing but when you get older you realize you need to do more," said Potvin.
Creative acts of awareness are occurring worldwide until the climate treaty convention in Copenhagen in December. Canada is last when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, compared to other G8 countries like Germany and Great Britain.