Gather 11am at Broadway Skytrain Station, parade down Commercial Dr. to the grass oval at Britannia Secondary for a festival between 12 -3pm.
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"The Most Fun You Ever Had Saving the Planet"
This year the parade will be a fun and colourful celebration of positive change with a focus on global warming and social justice. It is our hope to recapture the roots of Earth Day as a day for collective environmental action. Please bring your costumes, your art, your bike, your strollers, your friends, your grandmother... you get the idea.
The fun starts on the morning of Friday April 22, 2011 at 11am. We will meet at Grandview Hwy. and Commercial Dr. just North of Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station. The parade will proceed northwards on Commercial Drive and on to Britannia Secondary School's field, where we will be hosting a festival.
The festival will run from 12 noon to 3pm at Britannia Oval (Woodland and William st. - 1.5 blocks west of Commercial drive) featuring activities such as free funky live music, school/art competitions, a family tent, hands on activities, and guest speakers. Featuring local legend CR Avery and the too-good-not-to-dance-to Maria in the Shower.
Guest speakers will include: Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an advocate for indigenous rights with a focus on the impact of the tar sands, Marc Lee from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives focusing on the Climate Justice Project, and members of Youth for Climate Justice Now. The festival will receive greetings from local elected representatives: MP Libby Davies, MLA Jenny Kwan and City Councillor Andrea Reimer.
Also featuring awesome spoken word poetry performances, amazing jugglers, stilt walkers, hoop tricksters and some more fun surprises. Not to be missed!
This is Vancouver's first large scale Earth Day Celebration organized by youth for all youth and the families of Metro Vancouver. The Youth for Climate Justice Now (Y4CJN) is a network of high school and college students from around the region working in partnership with the Wilderness Committee with the support of many local and international groups. We want to provide an opportunity for Vancouver's youth to be part of the international movement to stop global warming. The world's poorest people are already feeling the effects of climate change and they have done the least to cause the problem. We need to act now, we can't let our action lead to global temperatures rising 2 degrees! That would be a tipping point. Let's do something about it.
This will be the most fun you ever had saving the planet. :) Please spread the word and invite your friends to the event!
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