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Climate change protesters march through Charlottetown

A group of people marched through Charlottetown Friday afternoon in a protest to call for action on climate change.

P.E.I. 'among the most vulnerable places in the world,' says protester

Protesters marched through Charlottetown chanting, 'What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now.' (Ken Linton/CBC)

A group of people marched through Charlottetown Friday afternoon in a protest to call for action on climate change.

"It's really inspiring to see you all. We are a small island — very small — and getting smaller all the time," said protester David Woodbury, referencing P.E.I.'s eroding coastline.

"We are among the most vulnerable places in the world … we are going to suffer from climate change much more."

David Woodbury praised the number of young people who joined the march. (Ken Linton/CBC)

Woodbury said the protest was partly organized by Extinction Rebellion, a grassroots movement that launched in the U.K. last fall, and has had a presence on P.E.I. this winter.

The group's demands include that government tell the truth about climate change and develop policies leading to net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

Woodbury encouraged people to use their voice at the polls.

The march took place in Charlottetown Friday afternoon.

"We can make a difference," he said, adding he was especially moved to see young people among the group.

"Tell your friends, if we can get a real movement of young people, you are the ones who will change the world the quickest," he said. "Us old people, we can do our best to help you out."

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With files from Ken Linton

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