By Maureen Coulter
Sept. 25, 2015
When Jordan MacPhee turned 24 on Sept. 21 and there was no place he would rather have been than at the Climate Justice March.
The march was organized by The Council of Canadians, the Island Peace Committee and Earth Action and held at Province House in Charlottetown, giving Islanders a chance to discuss their concerns about climate change.
Walks took place in locations around the world with the biggest one in New York City for International Peace Day.
He comes from the generation that is going to inherit the consequences of the environmental destruction happening over the past few generations, said MacPhee.
“Stay active, stay involved stay political and transform yourself into the kind of individual that the world needs.”
Eliza Starchild Knockwood of the Abegweit First Nation said people have a responsibility in this lifetime to be at peace with what’s going to happen in the future.
“Walk with peace within ourselves and to know that our mother earth is here to provide every thing we need to survive.”
The event started off with a 10 minute meditation followed by Knockwood playing her drum and singing a mother earth song.
MacPhee spoke to the crowd hoping to reach people his age and younger.
“I think we just need to recognize that it’s a fallacy to believe that we are powerless. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our future generations to heal some of the damage that has been done.”
Leo Broderick of the Council of Canadians said climate change is the issue of the century.
“We need renewable energy and we need to stop giving billions of dollars to the oil and gas industry in this country and concentrate on renewable.”
It can be done because the technology is there, said Broderick.
“I think today is an extremely significant day around the world. It does indicate that people are very concerned about the climate change issue.”
A sheet of lyrics with Imagine and Get Together was handed out to the crowd for a sing-along. Then the group walked around the block as part of its justice march.