Penticton climate rally June 29 to mark one year anniversary of B.C.’s history making heat dome last year. (File photo)

Penticton climate rally June 29 to mark one year anniversary of B.C.’s history making heat dome last year. (File photo)

Penticton rally today, June 29, to mark one year anniversary of deadly heat dome

Climate crisis rally at Rotary Park near the Peach at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29th is the anniversary of last year’s heat dome where temperatures soared above 40 C for over a week, crops and sea life died and hundreds of British Columbians lost their lives.

Penticton residents will rally at Rotary Park grass at Okanagan Lake near the Peach to mark the anniversary of Canada’s deadliest climate disaster and call for an end to the Trudeau government’s climate delay.

The event is one of dozens happening across the country on June 29 to call for an end to fossil fuel expansion and the passage of sweeping just transition legislation by the end of 2022, said organizers. The goal of just transition legislation is to reduce the impact of shifting to a greener economy on those affected by the change.

The gathering takes place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. where residents will share stories of how the climate crisis has affected their lives on a personal level.

Everyone is welcome whether or not they have a story to tell.

“It’s been a hard year for us in British Columbia, with out-of-control fires, and unprecedented flooding. It was the hardening of my raspberries on the vine during last year’s heat dome that crystallized my understanding of the harm of the climate crisis. Although we poured water onto our garden, we still lost plants and produce,” said Cheriee Weichel, one of the organizers of the Wednesday gathering.

“What will the planet be like for our grandchildren?” Weichel added.

READ MORE: A timeline of B.C.’s record-setting extreme heat event in June 2021

READ MORE: Penticton, Kamloops and Kelowna break heat records 2 days in a row — and counting

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