Toronto Earth Day March reclaims the streets
While Vancouverites have been mostly preoccupied this weekend with the annual Sun Run, Toronto has been parading and protesting for Earth Day. Here's a colourful account.
Over 300 people filled the public square that, ironically, is devoid of much greenery. They called on the Harper government to implement Kyoto, introduce mandatory emission reductions and support green energy.
A spirited parade followed the rally, heading down Yonge St. to Queen St. and west along to Spadina, at which point they made a u-turn in the middle of the intersection, signifying the desire for a u-turn on climate change.
While some cyclists and pedestrians joined the parade and the cause, I caught a lot of bewildered motorists and passers by wondering what all the fuss was about. Is Earth Day that passe now?
The parade then headed back east to Queen and John St. where musicians played on and people continued to revel in the sunshine, as they got to reclaim the streets for pedestrians, even if for only a short time.
It'll be interesting to see what's done in the year ahead with all this momentum from today.
After all, shouldn't Earth Day be every day?