Participants of March for the Future walk along Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach on July 3. (Submitted photo)

Participants of March for the Future walk along Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach on July 3. (Submitted photo)

‘March For Our Future’ event staged in Qualicum Beach

Nature Preservation Society calls for more protections for old-growth trees

The second annual Qualicum Beach March For Our Future was held on July 3, with participants expressing the message: “In our future, we want trees.”

The organizers, the Qualicum Nature Preservation Society, said more than 120 people were at the event.

The signs in the crowd were dominated by those calling for more protections for old-growth and the event featured expert local speakers on ecology such as Lynne Brooks, Trevor Wicks of TrenTec Innovations and Jay Smith of Friends of the Trees QB. Bill Wilson entertained the crowd with environment-themed folk music.

“It was truly amazing to see such a diverse and invested crowd today,” said QNPS president Ezra Morse.

Morse said the majority of the speakers encouraged the crowd to take a stand for their environment and their future, starting at a public hearing next Wednesday.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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