Good to have opportunity to act

Maple Bay – I had to work hard for my “big experience” of the People’s Climate March in New York: four days’ train ride from Vancouver to Toronto; two overnight bus trips to New York and back; and, one night sleeping on a concrete church floor in Brooklyn. But what the heck, if my trip was a tad high in discomfort, it was low in carbon emissions.

Once started, the cheerful mass of humanity unfolded like a giant accordion anaconda – constantly gulping in supporters from sidewalks and side streets: old ladies blowing bubbles; bugles trumpeting; stern socialists handing out pamphlets; and, ever hopeful environmentalists performing skits showing beautiful butterflies fluttering over a massive oil spill.

So did this carbon-busting snake of a parade squeeze delusions out of global-warming deniers, digest fossil fuel lobbyists, and transform slithery politicians to become leaders on climate change? I don’t know.

But the news after the march that the incredibly wealthy Rockefellers are selling their oil stocks to fight climate change was a hopeful sign. Personally, I drive an electric scooter to fight climate change.

In some strange cosmic manner, even knowing that many lives are being destroyed by this historic crisis, it feels good to have the opportunity to act.

Peter Nix

Maple Bay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

CVRD cancels all recreation and theatre programs through end of April

Community centre and recreation programs cancelled through end of April

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Archer takes on new challenges at BC Winter Games

That thrilling shoot-off resulted in one of Whitworth’s two medals

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Nanaimo man arrested after allegedly setting house fire

Firefighters arrived to find mobile home ablaze on Barnes Road in Cedar on Thursday

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Trudeau commits $100M to help food banks amid COVID-19 crisis

Funds will help ‘urgent food needs’ for Canadians awaiting federal emergency benefits to kick in

How well can cell phones carry COVID-19? Disinfecting may be wise

‘You want to keep it as clean as you would normally your hands’

Most Read