Arlen Pelletier and his one-year-old daughter Penelope participate in a Climate March in Qualicum Beach on Sept. 27 - Cloe Logan photo

Qualicum Beach residents demand climate action

Students and parents march as part of global strike

Qualicum Beach residents (for the second time in seven days) were among those around the world marching to demand action against climate change.

The march took place among many others across the globe on Sept. 27. Although the strike in Qualicum Beach may have been smaller, the participants echoed the same message as those in large cities — they want government to take action against climate change, and now.

READ MORE: WATCH: Teens gather en masse across Canada to demand drastic climate action

The local event was organized by Ashlee Sales, president of Heartwood Home Learners Co-operative, a group of Parksville Qualicum Beach families who home school. They’ve been studying sustainability for the past five weeks, and she said “climate change is a big topic on the kids’ minds.”

Many attendees were home-schoolers, but there were also students who had to miss class to march. Noticeably more adults were present at the strike, compared to last week’s which was mostly elementary school students.

Sales said one of the big reasons for more adults being out was “to support the children, because it’s an important topic to them and they really care.”

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Climate March participants in front of the Qualicum Library on Sept. 27 - Cloe Logan photo

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