Over two dozen people marched in Ashcroft on Sunday

Over two dozen people marched in Ashcroft on Sunday

Ashcroft marches for climate talks

Ashcroft man organizes march to support the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.

If you were in downtown Ashcroft on Sunday afternoon, you may have noticed a rowdy group bearing signs as they made their way down Railway Ave.

The Ashcroft march was one of several being staged around the world to coincide with the beginning of COP 21 – The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Michael Morrow, who organized the March in Ashcroft, said besides Ashcroft, people came from Cache Creek, Clinton and Logan Lake to take part. He said it was a call to those who can make things happen to step up to the plate and stop the runaway climate change.

The group rallied at the hospital before walking downtown. Before the march began, he read out a message sent by MLA Jackie Tegart, who sent regrets that she could not attend.

In her message, she assured the group that “Since the introduction of our province’s Climate Action plan in 2008, B.C. has been recognized as a world leader in the fight against climate change.”

She said: “We have shown we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to grow the economy,” and concluded that “Our new Climate Leadership Plan – to be released in the spring – will be an incredibly important public policy that will include input from all British Columbians.”

She said the province would continue to reduce emissions while growing the economy.

Leaders of over 150 countries are meeting in Paris for the 12 day annual conference to try to come up with a joint approach to climate change. This is the 21st such conference on climate change.