November 12, 2021, 2:02 pm AST Last Updated: November 12, 2021, 2:02 pm
Schools Strikes for Climate Halifax organized a climate protest on Oct. 22, just as Alton Gas announced they will discontinue the long-controversial Alton Natural Gas project on the Shubenacadie River.
Strikers gathered at Peace and Friendship Park in downtown Halifax, then marched to Nova Scotia Power’s headquarters.
Joanne Roy, 89, points at her four-year-old grandson Shawa as her reason for attending the climate strike. Roy is a member of the Halifax chapter of the Council of Canadians, a non-profit that advocates for clean water, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy.
The Raging Grannies of Nova Scotia hold up a banner denouncing militarization along with the use of fossil fuels at the Halifax climate strike.
The Grannies, a part of N.S. Voice of Women for Peace, have been around since the 60’s, protesting Canada’s participation in N.A.T.O. and other military organisations, said Amy Moonshadow, 91,holding the banner in the middle.
Robert M. Read, 94, intently handing out climate change ‘to-do lists’ at the Halifax climate strike.
Read, a former eye physician and surgeon, doing his bit at the event to make sure “there is a future beyond me.” Sophia Sidarous,19, of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation just before she spoke at the Halifax climate strike. Sidarous emphasised that everyone at the gathering recognise the previlege they had to organize in a non-threatening environment, something that Indigenous peoples in the past did not enjoy. “We have a lot of work to do in terms of offerring support to Indigenous people,” she said.
Organizer Willa Fisher leads a chant against Nova Scotia Power as a security personnel looks on, outside their downtown Halifax headquarters on Lower Water Street.
Fisher, 19, is a design student at NSCAD and has been involved with School Strike for Climate Halifax for more than a year.
Strikers march for the climate on Lower Water Street in downtown Halifax.
Among the various resounding chants, one seemed to be a crowd favourite: “NS Power really suck, they sold our future for a buck.”
Passers-by stop and look as climate strikers march by Prince Street in downtown Halifax. The street leading up to Citadel Hill can be seen in the background.
Ace Lane, 10, holds up a sign that says “Bye Alton Gas,” at Halifax climate rally.
Lane’s mother Sadie Beaton has been involved with the struggle against the Alton Natural Gas project for eight years. “Indigenous people have been fighting longer than my youngest child (seven-year-old Mica) has been born. It’s a great day today,” Beaton said.
A woman cheers and applauds from her condo balcony as climate strikers march along Lower Water Street in downtown Halifax. The protesters were met with mixed response on the street, with some making fun, while others supported them like the lady pictured here. A majority of the onlookers just stopped and stared.
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