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Hundreds attend rally against climate change in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A climate change rally attracted hundreds of people in downtown Vancouver.

The event comes days before a UN Climate Summit in New York City.

People are calling on world leaders to take a hard stance against oil, coal and liquified natural gas projects and come up with an action plan to solve the issue.

Aerin Jacob, a forest ecologist at the University of Victoria, says climate change is a scientific fact.

“I want to send a message that the science is in and it has been for a long time. It’s unequivocal, 99.9 per cent of scientists agree climate change is real, it’s happening. It’s far and away caused by humans and it’s going to cause a lot of problems for us.”

She says it’s going to become very difficult to predict what’s going to happen. “The extremes are going to be greater. It’s not a question of it being cold last winter so that means global warming isn’t happening. We’re talking about long-term, large trends that are happening on continental and global scales.”

Jean McGuckin with the Vancouver Eco-Socialist Group says capitalism has to be replaced as part of the solution.

“Capitalism demands eternal, constant growth. We have to keep selling more stuff, which means we have to manufacture more stuff, which means we have to do more mining, we have to wreck more water and air.”

Similar rallies were also held in London, Paris, Toronto and Seattle.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be attending Tuesday’s UN Summit