FUNERAL FOR THE FUTURE
Students from elementary to high school are hosting a day of mourning for the planet. They ask everyone experiencing ecological grief to come together on March 15th and demand all levels of government treat climate change like an emergency. The protest takes place on a global day of action for the #fridaysforfuture movement, started by 16 year old Great Thunberg. The demonstration will include striking visuals including a giant tombstone bearing the message ‘RIP Earth’, in reference to the UN International Panel on Climate Change report which concludes humanity has 12 years left to have any influence on the catastrophic events of climate change. The students will share their feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness at the lack of action from their leaders.
Attendees are asked to wear black.
What: Students protest government inaction on climate change
When: March 15th 2019, 1:00pm
Where: Manitoba Legislative Building
Who: Elementary to High School students, various schools, YOU
YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!
What can I do to help?
1- Join the Climate Strikers at the Manitoba Legislature at 1PM on Friday, March 15th. Bring signs to let our provincial decision-makers and all of Winnipeg know what you think and feel about climate change. Dress for the weather!
2- Start your own Climate Strike with students at your school. Can't make it to the legislature? Look for your local MP or MLA's office! Register your Strike to let everyone know that you’re a part of this important movement and to encourage other kids to speak up and let their voices be heard.
3- If you’re not allowed to miss school for the Climate Strike, support Climate Strikers on social media, and contribute to the conversation with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Use #ClimateStrike, #FridaysForFuture, and #YouthRising hashtags! Every young voice is important whether you can be at an event or not.
The four recommendations for the youth climate strikes are:
- Youth should be the spokespersons, with adults as helpers and supporters. help.
- The main message is, “Adults are jeopardizing our future”.
- Please treat all politicians with respect .
- Strike near city hall, a government building, or a politician’s office.
In Sweden 15-yr old Greta Thunberg, frustrated by inadequate action on climate change, stopped going to school and began sitting outside of Swedish parliament in protest.
At first, Greta was Climate Striking alone - but no more. Youth across the world have been joining Greta and Winnipeg youth are too! More than 20,000 students in 270 towns and cities across the world have participated so far.
Greta herself is an invitee to the COP24 climate negotiations in Poland right now, where she gave a speech to the UN Secretary General and the assembled world leaders (watch the video of Greta’s powerful speech at the end of this e-mail). The Climate Strike has shifted to an every-Friday protest to enable more kids to participate, under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
Canadian Youth Stand Up
Here in Canada, Sophia Mathur (age 11, of Sudbury Ontario) was an early Climate Strike joiner back in August. On November 30th, teenagers in 9 Canadian cities joined the Climate Strike under the hashtag #YouthRising and occupied their MPs’ constituency offices demanding increased climate action. Winnipeg joins the movement starting Friday December 7th.
We at Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition would like to emphasize to all adults that the Climate Strike is a youth-led movement. Winnipeg kids have initiated and planned this event, and MEJC’s sole purpose is to offer assistance where they request it, which at this moment is to use our platform to advertise the event. Please share the invitation to their Climate Strike widely to help make it a success.
What can adults do?
The youth have indicated that they feel very alone and without broad adult support. We therefore request that if you, an adult, wish to join the Climate Strikers outside Jim Carr’s office that you do so to cheer them on only. After all, if you’re an adult you can let Mr Carr know what you think on climate change any day of the year. Let’s support our children.
Video of Greta giving her speech to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at COP24 in Katowice, Poland -
Video of Greta giving a speech at the Extinction Rebellion in London