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Climate change rally Saturday in Chilliwack

A rally in front of Mark Strahl
A rally in front of Mark Strahl's office in Chilliwack in 2012. Anti-pipeline folks are set to gather this Saturday at Five Corners park in Chilliwack.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Local environmental activists and supporters have a rally planned for Saturday at the new park at Five Corners downtown Chilliwack.

The gathering is part of a nationwide climate change protest in 130 Canadian communities.

The focus of the Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities events is on proposed pipeline projects such as Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain twinning.

"Pipeline projects like Trans Mountain are not needed for current rates of extraction in the Alberta Tar Sands," said local organizer Ian Stephen in a press release. "And there are huge concerns about accelerating impacts of climate change. We need to be more forward-thinking."

Chilliwack organizers have put an emphasis on not just opposing fossil fuel energy projects, but also encouraging and promoting renewable energy.

"I am deeply concerned for the future of my children," said Chilliwack resident Rachel Perigny in a press release. "We must speak up now and tell our government that we want an economically prosperous future based on clean, safe and sustainable energy."

The event is planned May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the new park at Five Corners (formerly the Irwin Block).

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