Dozens of people will be gathering in Osborne Village Saturday afternoon to defend the environment.

The event is part of the National Day of Action on Climate Change and is taking place at Gerald James Lynch Park in the Village at 2 p.m.

Matthew Brett, one of the event's organizers, said the focus this year will be on the TransCanada Energy East pipeline.

"We're taking a strong position against the pipeline, but we want to begin a conversation with the population just to raise awareness so there will be lots of discussion and a conversation can take place," said Brett.

Brett said the pipeline should be a concern for many North Americans, given it will carry over one million barrels of oil per day.

"Many of us are opposed to this project; we think this is a dangerous project, and that it poses real environmental risks in not only Manitoba, but for the rest of the world," Brett said.

Seventy communities from coast to coast are taking part in the day of action.