MLA Dan Ashton, left, met with climate groups on Tuesday (Dec. 7) to discuss various climate change concerns. (Photograph by Sue Hopley)

Victims of heatwave and flood events to be honoured in vigil in Penticton on Dec. 13

Climate groups across the province are getting together to honour those who lost their lives

Those who have lost their lives during this year’s heatwave and flood events will be honoured and remembered during a vigil in Penticton on Dec. 13.

Penticton Climate and First Things First Okanagan are among the groups across B.C. sponsoring local events to help the province prepare for future climate emergencies.

Climate victims will be honoured with candles and LED lights at 300 Riverside Drive, with groups sharing stories and singing songs with the people in attendance.

“In British Columbia, at least 600 deaths were associated with climate events this year,” First Things First said in a statement. “As well, thousands of people were forced to flee their homes during wildfire and floods.”

Weekly climate protests in the South Okanagan are nothing new but Dec. 13 will mark the first time that a gathering will take place outside of MLA Dan Ashton’s office.

It’s a gathering that Ashton has been invited to after he met with Penticton residents on Tuesday to discuss the concerns citizens have related to climate change.

People associated with both First Things First and Citizens Climate Lobby initially met with Ashton to talk about forestry issues relating to old-growth and clear-cutting.

The devastating floods as seen across the province in mid-November displaced about 15,000 people and killed hundreds of thousands of farm animals, the group added in its statement.

READ MORE: Climate change rally in Penticton calls for end to fossil fuels

READ MORE: First Things First Okanagan speaker explores climate change and B.C. wildfires


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