25 climate vigils across British Columbia: in photos
Last night in twenty-five cities, towns, and neighbourhoods, British Columbians gathered to light candles for those killed by heat events, mudslides, and other climate-related disasters this year.
Neighbours in large cities and small towns met outside the constituency offices of their provincial representatives to call on them to put tax dollars and legislation to work to prevent future deaths.
MLAs were sincerely invited to attend and share words, but only a few took the opportunity.
British Columbians, within a few months, have experienced a “heat dome” event that killed 595 people, fires including one that burned the entire town of Lytton, and floods and mudslides that have forced thousands out of their homes and killed several people.
The B.C. government, led by Premier John Horgan of the New Democratic Party, continues to champion the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure, including new pipelines and export facilities for fracked gas.
Over 350 organizations and businesses in the province have now signed an open letter calling on Horgan’s government to “confront the climate emergency” by taking ten straightforward actions.
The letter also stresses the importance of recognizing Indigenous title and rights, even as the provincial government authorized RCMP to remove Wet’suwet’en land defenders from their territory to clear a path for gas pipeline development by Coastal Gas Link.
Signatories of the open letter to Premier Horgan range from breweries, bookstores, farms, and plumbers, to churches, synagogues, unions, and youth groups. The momentum is growing as significant organizations continue to sign on, including the BC Teachers’ Federation and BC Family Doctors.
The fact that no single organization planned the twenty-five events reflects an unprecedented level of concern and common purpose among British Columbians who urgently want to see the provincial government meet the climate emergency.
Provincial representatives can expect more and more pressure from their constituents, as organizations and businesses continue to add their names to the open letter at climateactions.ca/signatories and British Columbians build on a now weekly Monday evening practice of recognizing the lives and places they are losing to the climate emergency.