Vancouver's Earth Day Parade and Celebration is this Sunday.

We are a group of high school students who call ourselves “Youth 4 Climate Justice Now,” and we are organizing this year’s Vancouver Earth Day Parade & Celebration, hoping to build upon last year’s Earth Day event that brought out over 1,500 passionate people out to the streets on Vancouver.

This Sunday, April 22, 2012, starting at 11 a.m., people will be gathering at Commercial Drive Skytrain Station to march down to Grandview Park for speakers and entertainment. If you are in Vancouver, we hope you can join us. If you are somewhere else in Canada, look for an Earth Day event near you.

The reason we are organizing this event is because our government is not doing what it can to leave youth with a sustainable world to inherit. If our government isn’t acting in our interests then it is up to us to stand up for ourselves and raise our voices to demand the government do everything it can to clean up their mess, or else we’ll just have to take matters into our own hands.

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the planned expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline endanger all of the communities, waterways and ecosystems that they have to carve through to export the dirty crude oil.

With freshwater supplies quickly diminishing, these pipelines are just simply not worth it. It is obvious that the cons outweigh the extremely small amount of pros on this issue and that’s why we’ve created this petition to oppose the Northern Gateway Pipeline and any other oil pipelines/tankers project. By signing this petition you are also standing in solidarity with the 130 First Nations communities across BC that have signed the historical Save the Fraser Declaration to oppose the pipeline.

Support this fight against the world’s oil addiction by spreading the word about our petition, and by joining us on April 22nd for Vancouver’s Earth Day Parade and Celebration 2012.