Members of Concerned Citizens of Haliburton County (CCHC) gathered in Minden March 19 for a Fridays for Future (FFF) global day of climate action.

Brandishing signs, they stood on the town’s main bridge over the Gull River and also walked into town.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Roe said it was part of worldwide activities with the theme of ‘no more empty promises’ from governments.

“All we hear is what will be done in 10, 15 and 25 years from now but that is too late. To quote the founding young activist of FFF Greta Thunberg, ‘listen to the science, act on the science’.”

Roe said they chose Minden to bring awareness to a different community in the County. They usually stage their events in Haliburton near the high school.

“The support was amazing with horns honking, street traffic thanking us and stopping to chat and some staff at Pharmasave coming out on the street to applaud us,” Roe said.

She said that this year, due to COVID19, many individuals and groups are also demonstrating virtually online.

She said people can place a sign on Facebook, in front of their home or at the end of their driveway.

“CCHC decided to be more visible but also follow current protocols for our yellow zone, which meant having only 25 participants, wearing masks and standing six-feet apart.

“We notified the municipality of Minden Hills and detachment commander of the OPP, Liane Spong-Hooyenga.

“We had 12 participants, Douglas the dog, and 15 regrets so the interest is there. Previously we have had 25-40 attend so COVID-19 has definitely affected our turn out.”

If anyone is interested in further demonstrations or CCHC they can email info@concernedcitizenshc.ca.

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