This Sunday, thousands of youth from across Vancouver and led by Windermere Secondary student leaders are expected to march up Commercial Drive as part of the Earth Day Vancouver Celebration.
Student marchers plan to carry colourful banners, wear flamboyant costumes and drive pedal-powered floats to raise awareness around the effects of climate change.
"Our goal is to educate and raise awareness about these struggles starting at the grassroots level with this Earth Day Event," says Angela Ho, one of the organizers. "We want to demonstrate that the youth DO care about the world that we're going to inherit, and we want to move away from the direction our world is heading in."
The parade, scheduled to start at 11AM on April 22 at Broadway and Commercial Skytrain Station, will finish at Grandview Park. Organizers say they are seeking to bring elementary and secondary students together, along with adult allies, for a parade, celebration and day of learning. In addition to the march, the celebration will also include guest speakers, workshops, NGO tents, entertainment and bands.
The event is being organized by Youth for Climate Justice Now.
Last year's parade attracted roughly 2,000 people.
To learn more about the parade or Youth For Climate Justice Now, click here for the group's Facebook page or here for their website.