Nelsonites rally to celebrate Earth Day with first-ever parade
Hundreds joined the West Kootenay EcoSociety and Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative at the first ever Earth Day Parade Sunday in Nelson.
The parade, with the theme of innovative ways to “Live Green”, was part of the Earth Day, a day set aside to celebratethe birth of the modern environmental movement and take action to protect natural resources and species.
The environmentally friendly parade will be free of gas-powered vehicles with many participants displaying posters promoting the urge to Live Green and rid the planet of plastics.
The parade started at the Share Nelson parking lot before trekking down Baker Street to the Hall Street Plaza.
Led by the Moving Mosaic Samba Band, the parade that saw many local groups, including those against Kinder Morgan Pipeline, walking toward the celebration at Hall Street Plaza.
The parade was just one event planned for Earth Day in Nelson.
Later, at St. Saviours Church, Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative hosted Journalist, environmentalist and author, Paul Hanley.
Hanley spoke about his latest book ELEVEN, on the future of humanity and what it means to the survival of future generations when the population reaches eleven billion by the end of this century.
Hanley argued that a sustainable future will require an ethical revolution, one that will wholly transform humankind, reshaping its inner life and external conditions.