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People's Spark: Igniting Climate Action at COP21

11/29/2015 12:00 pm

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The Global Climate March

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Considering the lack of advertising around this, the turnout for our city was good, the mood positive and the feedback great.

Dear Anna and Spark Team It was a great event. Scott and I loved being with so many like minded Hearts. We can to anything we put our Heart into after all eartH and Heart are One and the Same. Thank you for creating the event. Love and Happy Blessings, Christine

Students from the University of Victoria, BC did an excellent job organizing this People's Spark event at the BC Legislature. Many young people spoke about their concerns for our future on this planet. I hope our leaders listen and take positive action.

The People's Spark was a thoughtful, spirited event; those present were able to interact with the speakers and each other. The colour theme, headdresses and hand-held flames were brilliant. The organizers made an effort to make the flames "dance" by having us walk in opposite directions around the fountain. Kudos and thanks to the UVic students for organizing, and for all those attending. Let's hope that Premier Clark, Prime Minister Trudeau, Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna will do all that we are calling for.

I was so impressed with the organizers - young university students. We were at our provincial legislature and the event was opened with a welcome to traditional territory of the Esquimalt First Nation by an Esquimalt Elder. His words echoed my own feelings - anxiety and concern for our grandchildren and all of their generation over their ability to cope with and thrive in the world we are leaving to them . We all carried signs with our solutions to the climate crisis and this led to many conversations among participants. It was exhilarating for me to be there and see the passion and commitment expressed by people's presence. In 2014 I was in the London UK climate march - 40,000 strong.Exciting, but less intimate, fewer connections. In Victoria we were small but mighty!

Today hundreds of people came together in front of Victoria's legislature. We each carried flames; lighting a path to our future, and igniting change. We chanted, we cheered, we danced, we sung. We demanded that British Columbia and Canada stay committed to action on climate change. Christy Clark, Justin Trudeau, can you hear us?

What will happen at the event?

We are grateful to organize this event on unceded Lekwungen and WSANEC territories.

LOCATION CHANGE: We will now be holding the event at the legislature! (If everyone comes we simply too many people for the prior location!)

YOU are invited to join a collective, creative, non-violent direct action at 12:00 noon in front of the Legislature Building in Downtown Victoria. We will each carry a red cardboard flame, forming a moving, shifting inferno of human beings; together shining a light on the issue of climate change. Leading up to the event we will be having “flame-building-workshops” and we encourage people to think about the following question:

“What do you see as the solution(s) to climate change?”

These answers will be written on the other side of our bright flames, and we will be inspired by all our different world-views and solutions, and maybe even start conversations about what we can do as a group and as individuals now and in the time after COP21.

The question of climate change is big and complex, and this can make it difficult, and even depressing to think about, but you are not alone. This is our chance to come together, and start decreasing the gap between the world we have and the world we want. 

We are the ones we have been waiting for, let us work together and ignite the movement!

- What: Creative action
- Where: Legislature 
- When: November 29th at 12:00 noon
- What To Bring: Cardboard flame. If you do not have your own, we have one for you (come before 12:00am to write your solution statement)
- Wear: Orange, red, and yellow clothes if possible

Accessibility and Inclusion Statement: 
The People's Spark seeks to incorporate peoples of many different heritages, educations, beliefs, races, incomes, religions, genders, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and physical or mental capabilities, as part of the movement for climate action. We do not tolerate discrimination, including hate speech or crimes, of any kind. 
The People's Spark organizers prioritize making this event accessible and barrier-free for those with both visible and/or invisible disabilities.

This event will include loud noises, movement, crowds, and multi-coloured props. There is a possibility that people will have their pets in the vicinity. 
A public washroom is available under the tourist information centre.
This event is free to the public. 

If you have any concerns or accessibility needs please contact us at [email protected] 

If you want to be involved please write an email or go to our Facebook page and share our event with your friends !
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This event is part of the Global Climate March. On November 30th, world leaders meet in Paris to start negotiating the next global climate deal. That’s why, the day before, people around the world will take to the streets and push leaders at every level of government to commit to 100% clean energy. Together, we can push the world towards a climate deal that gets us off dirty energy and unleashes clean energy for all. Let's make history -- RSVP on the right for this Global Climate March event!

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11/29/2015 12:00 pm

501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 2L8, Canada
Victoria, BC