Hundreds of activists attended the event today around city hall. (Connor Trembley - Kelowna Capital News)

Hundreds of activists attended the event today around city hall. (Connor Trembley - Kelowna Capital News)

Kelowna climate change strike temporarily shuts down Water Street

Hundreds attended the event today in downtown Kelowna

A portion of Water Street was briefly shut down in Kelowna today as hundreds of people assembled outside of city hall to demand more action and awareness by politicians on climate change.

The Global Climate Strike event today was the last of three that were held in Kelowna over the last week. The first local rally was held outside of Kelowna City Hall last Friday and the second rally occurred at UBCO on Thursday.

READ MORE: Students, faculty, staff from UBCO skip class for climate change rally

The protest today was significantly larger than previous ones, with hundreds of activists also turning up at the Penticton Global Climate Strike today in Southern Okanagan.

Climate activist Tessa Gordey, one participant who served vegan chilli to demonstrators, said the event today was an impactful way to get the climate change message out to Canadians.

“Everyone just goes through their day-to-day life not worrying about climate change. But, if we collectively say that we need to change, hopefully the message will eventually reach a government level.”

NDP and Green Party candidates for Kelowna-Lake Country Justin Kulik and Travis Ashley were also at the event to make a public speech.

During Kulik’s speech, he said that voting was the biggest way for the government to get the message on climate change.

“Climate change is not a partisan change. So on October 21, get out to vote. If you can’t vote, get your parents to vote. Let’s elect a parliament that reflects the diversity of Canada and one that cares about climate change.”

Near the end of the strike, numerous police officers were around Water Street to redirect traffic around city hall as activists laid down on the surrounding lawn and street to get their message across.


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

In other Canadian cities, Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver was temporarily shut down to traffic today as of thousands of people rallied in Vancouver to voice their message on climate change. Tens of thousands of other people also attended similar rallies today in Toronto and Montreal.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A laboratory technician holds a dose of a COVID-19 novel coronavirus vaccine candidate that’s ready for trial on monkeys at the National Primate Research Center of Thailand. (Mladen Antonov - AFP)
Interior Health reports 66 new COVID-19 infections

570 cases are active; 18 in hospital

(File photo)
Okanagan-Shuswap real estate markets not slowing down

Residential sales in the Central, North Okanagan and Shuswap beat last year’s sales by 71 per cent

A crowd of approximately 6,500 packed into Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna to ring in 2018. (Contributed)
Downtown Kelowna New Year’s celebration cancelled

The popular New York New Year’s event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

(Google Maps)
UPDATE: COVID-19 case confirmed at Mar Jok, Rutland Senior Secondary

School District 23 said the individual is now self-isolating

Residents should run their taps until cold before using their water. (Black Press file photo)
Westside water quality advisory back on tap

Leak repair at Westshore Estates affecting some properties, again

(Google Maps)
Osoyoos Credit Union staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The credit union made the announcement Dec. 1

An Enderby restaurant and pub was shut down Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2020 as a precaution after a guest reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. (Howard Johnson photo)
North Okanagan pub reopens after COVID-19 scare

After a guest reportedly tested positive for the virus, staff test results came back negative

Alix Longland
Trauma resources ready for North Okanagan refugees

Family Resource Centre working with UBCO social work grad to reach out to local refugees

Elkhart Gas Station, located on Highway 97C about 60 kilometres west of Peachland, opened in November 2020. (Google maps)
The Okanagan Connector now has a gas station

The highway previously ran for over 117 kilometres without a place to fuel up

The Hughes’ Grinch was stolen from their front yard Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Santa suit the Grinch is wearing is 50 years old and has sentimental value. It was once worn by April Hughes’ dad. (Hughes photo)
Grinch stolen from Penticton home is ‘irreplaceable’

The Hughes have had a Christmas display for 25 years on Grandy Avenue in Penticton

Midway RCMP’s Cpl. Phil Peters spoke at Greenwood’s city council meeting Monday, Nov. 23. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
B.C. Mountie builds fire to warm suspect with hypothermia prior to rescue

Cpl. Phil Peters said the civilian helped police track, apprehend and eventually rescue the suspect

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Revelstoke COVID-19 cluster linked to non-essential travel: Horgan

There have been 46 cases of COVID-19 in the community

Most Read