Students parade down Commercial Drive to mark Earth Day in Vancouver

By Matt Desouza
Metro News Vancouver

Students from Vancouver’s Windermere Secondary School marched and danced their way down Commercial Drive to Grandview Park on Monday as part of the annual Earth Day celebrations.

The parade and festival, aimed at bringing awareness to environmental issues and conditions, drew a crowd of a few hundred participants with live music, a marching parade, and guest speakers including environmentalist David Suzuki.

“This is the fourth year the students have organized the Vancouver Earth Day parade,” said Vagner Castilho, a leadership teacher at Windermere.

“It started as a result of some students approaching me, wanting to do something larger for Earth Day.

“We met with some organizations and came up with the idea of doing a celebration in Vancouver, with a real strong focus on youth and trying to get more youth out thinking about these issues, thinking about the planet.”

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