Join Windermere High School’s Youth for Climate Justice Now, as we carry on the tradition of celebrating Earth Day in Vancouver!

Last year's event happened at 1PM on Sunday, April 24th 2016!

The parade began at Commercial and Broadway at 1PM (view)

And the festival continued at Grandview Park 2:00 to 5:00 pm (view)

See the list of performers at the bottom of this page.

Since 2011, we’ve invited people across the city to march in our annual Earth Day parade from Commercial Drive and Broadway to Grandview Park. There, participants are greeted by a celebration complete with speakers, musicians, and all the good things that come with gathering together as a community to address the things that matter most today.

Earth Day 2013

As always, the event is family friendly, and youth from the across the Lower Mainland are welcome and encouraged to come.

We hope to make this the most colourful and exciting Earth Day yet, but we can’t do it without you. So be creative and come out with floats, costumes, signs, banners, props or anything else you can imagine to show your commitment to the environment and creating a better world!

2016 Performers

Speakers 

Musicians

Audrey Siegl

Eschoir

Grand Chief Stewart Philip

Luke Wallace

Carleen Thomas

Kalilah Rampanen

Angelica Poversky

The Nautical Miles

Tracey Saxby

 

Bill Xu w/ Alice Huang

 

Peter McCartney

 

Molly Billows

 

 

Speakers

Audrey Siegl -

sχɬemtəna:t kʷənəs kʷix. təliʔ cən ʔə ƛ̓ xʷməθkwəy̓əm. My name is sχɬemtəna:t/Audrey Siegl. I'm from Musqueam. My job is to speak for those who can not speak for themselves and to represent for my ancestors...to carry on their work. nə́c̓amət ct ( We are one )

Grand Chief Stewart Philip -

The Grand Chief has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. He is proud to be in his sixth three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He has taken a personal approach across Turtle Island, standing with Elders and communities, and to Victoria and Ottawa and seats of colonial power. He served the Penticton Indian Band as Councillor for 10 years, as Chief for 14 years, and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He is a husband, father and grandfather.

Angelica Poversky -

Angelica Poversky is 5’3″ of vertically challenged creative passion who wants to use spoken words to create movements of thought. She’s always trying to think of new ways to use words and is perplexed by language. She is the founder and festival director of Richmond’s first youth-led outdoors arts festival, Arts in the Park and always on the go when it comes to artistic event coordination. Devoted to the outdoors, Angelica has volunteered as an intern facilitator at the leadership summit, Get Outside BC and as a wild ambassador for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society where she talked about plants to kids these days. If you see Angelica in her natural habitat, she is probably reading her first poetry chapbook “She Is”, hosting a radio-show or fearing proper punctuation,

Angelica is Vancouver’s Top 24 under 24, Richmond’s 30 under 30 and a Richmond Arts Award Winner. She’s been a performer at many fun events such as Word Vancouver or the CHIIMO Our Voices against Violence, a speaker at The Top 25 under 25 Canadian Environmentalists Awards and at the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit. She’s happy to be here!

Tracey Saxby -

Marine scientist, musician, and accidental activist. 
Passionate about saving our democracy and our environment.

Tracey Saxby co-founded My Sea to Sky with several other concerned citizens early in 2014, shortly after attending the open houses hosted by Woodfibre LNG. The organization has grown rapidly with thousands of people now standing in solidarity to save Howe Sound and say no pipelines, no tankers, and no to Woodfibre LNG. The risks are simply unacceptable.

About My Sea to Sky:

My Sea to Sky is a grassroots, volunteer organization that was started by a group of Squamish citizens in March 2014 in response to growing concerns about the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.

Peter McCartney -

Peter McCartney grew up west of Calgary, nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and the towering headquarters of Canada's oil industry. Wilderness hikes, camping trips and days spent snowboarding inspired a lifelong love of the natural world. An innate sense of justice and a drive to speak truth to power led him to pursue journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. There he found the story of the century. It's a story that couldn't be harder to tell - an invisible gas building up in the atmosphere that threatens life on Earth as we know it. Peter took it upon himself to learn everything he could about climate change and find ways to tell this story so the public would understand and take action. During a brief stint working overseas after graduation, he felt called back to Canada. He needed to do everything he could to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel exports that imperils the planet and the people who call it home. Now he's thrilled to be working with British Columbians to put a stop to these projects. In his free time, he can be found in his garden, on a mountain or enjoying one of Vancouver's lovely craft beers.

Molly Billows -

Molly Billows is swift waters, secrets, and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish from the Homalco Nation, she was adopted-out and grew up in and around Victoria. She has been living as a visitor in Vancouver, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations since 2011. She is a queer, mixed, urban, Indigenous feminist, a spoken word poet, and a youth worker. She hopes to weave together stories in ways that lift up her communities, and contribute to collective healing, rage, resurgence and love.

Alice Huang -

Alice Huang is and avid youth sustainability leader in grade 12 creating positive change in her community. She is the chair of the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network and has organized Vancouver's largest clothing swap and several invasive species removals to change student culture of environmentalism outside of school. She is and advocate for food security as the Chair of Green Your City, a youth initiative to provide seeds and mentorship for schools. Through organizing and participating in local actions, she aims to strengthen the intrinsic connection we all share with sustainability.

Musicians

Kalilah Rampanen - 

hasatuƛ - strong, vibrant voice

"Kalilah's ancestry stems from Nuu-chah-nulth, Cree and Finnish roots. She is 15 and a gifted musician/songwriter that is strongly connected to her traditional territories. She uses her voice and lyrics like a war club that strikes with truth and ancestral wisdom. A warrior fighting and leading the way through a battle waged upon environmental destruction, colonialism and corporate greed… she strikes fear in her enemies with a no-nonsense style of lyrical prowess and crushing guitar riffs. Her message is strong, loud and clear… “The power of our people comes from the people taking power!”

Kalilah was emotionally motivated through the life-shifting experiences of severe flooding during the winter that forced us to evacuate our home and then the following summer a drought that saw hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dead salmon floating downriver before spawning.  An even more eye-opening exposure to climate change came when a mountain close to our home, in a temperate rainforest, caught fire and threatened our home once again. During these moments that happened in all in one year was what inspired her to write a song on the climate changing before her eyes called "Higher and Higher". 

Eschoir -

ESCHOIR is an East Van choir that started in 2014. They perform covers of hipster pop, rock and folk songs and have performed at various events like Main Street Car-Free Day and the Parade of Lost Souls