Dozens of people showed up to have their voices heard outside of Maple Ridge City Hall as part of the Maple Ridge Climate Hub’s March to End Fossil Fuels.
According to one of the event organizers, Hudson Campbell, this march attracted more than 60 people, with citizens of not only Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows showing up but also some individuals from Mission and the Tri-Cities as well.
“We had members from Uplan and the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society there to help with a sign-making station and interactive art displays,” said Campbell.
In addition to marching, the event also featured plenty of music. There were several speeches from Maple Ridge Councillor Jenny Tan, as well as Climate Champion Award winner Leanne Koehn, and others.
“I emceed the rally and tried to focus on simple solutions we can all do to take action while also acknowledging that it is not up to the individual to solve climate change but rather governments and industries that need to step up,” said Campbell.
Using plenty of data and real-life examples, Campbell said he saw a lot of passion being sparked amongst the crowd.
“This event left people feeling empowered and ready to make a change,” said Campbell.
Only a couple of weeks after the March to End Fossil Fuels wrapped up in Maple Ridge, the provincial government announced that it would help combat climate change by eliminating three million single-use plastic tree seedling wraps in 2024.
“Work like this is fundamental in moving British Columbia toward a low-carbon future that does not rely on plastics and makes us leaders in the global fight against climate change,” said Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston.
“Removing one single-use plastic has a positive impact on our environment, but removing three million single-use plastics per year is a massive achievement.”