Climate vigil in Rossland on Sunday

Residents of Greater Trail concerned about climate change can join a climate vigil in Rossland on Nov. 29.

Residents of Greater Trail concerned about climate change will have an opportunity to show their support during a climate vigil in Rossland on Nov. 29.

The vigil, organized by the West Kootenay EcoSociety Rossland team, will be held outside the Rossland Public Library at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, which marks the eve of the Paris UN climate summit.

People with join a world-wide community demanding Canada joins the effort to reduce carbon emissions and focusing on 100 per cent renewable energy.

“With our newly elected government in Ottawa, I am finally hopeful and encouraged that Canada will take a leadership role to address the challenges of climate change,” Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore said in a press release.

“It’s a small gesture of Rossland’s support for real change,”

“We want to send a clear message of support to our newly elected federal leaders and government to support a renewable energy future,” says Jayne Doxtater, local EcoSociety organizer in Rossland. “I’m excited that our government has promised to keep global warming below two degrees by the end of the century and they can make that happen in Paris with better commitments.”

Montana Burgess, community organizer with the West Kootenay EcoSociety will be traveling to Paris for the summit.

“I’m excited to have the privilege to be in Paris for the summit and the climate march,” she said. “In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris and Beirut, it’s more important than ever that we stand together for justice, peace and dealing with the climate crisis at home in the Kootenays and around the world.”

Participants are invited to bring signs and banners with messages of hope for a future with 100 per cent renewable energy and a candle for the vigil.

Other West Kootenay events are being organized in Nelson and Castlegar also on Nov. 29. Follow the local rallies, marches and vigils online and share your photos and updates using the hashtag: #KootsClimateRally.