Local kids ignite hope for green change

Photos: Hundreds of children take part in the ‘Be the Change’ event on Thursday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca



By Christine Rumleskie


Hundreds of Fort St. John kids used the power of song in hopes of changing the minds of adults in the community.

It was all to kick start the City’s green initiative called ‘Be the Change’.

City staff, activists, kids and parents attended the event held at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Thursday night.

Tzeporah Berman was the keynote speaker, beginning the night reinforcing the need for change, but ending with an uplifting message of hope.

She says even an oil and gas-based city, like Fort St. John, can become environmentally sustainable.

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Berman has been named "one of the most prominent environmentalists in Canada" by the Globe and Mail. She also appeared in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary, The 11th Hour. She’s now heading to Amsterdam, to help Greenpeace spearhead a global environmental movement.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bruce Lantz says he hopes the event sparks small changes in residents and even large corporations.

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The City is holding an information session on the official Community Energy and Emissions Plan on Friday night.

The plan is all in an effort to reduce Fort St. John’s carbon emissions by 12% by 2030.

The adult-oriented event will be held at the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe starting at 7:00 p.m.

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