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International School Strike for Climate – Fridays for Future Rally this week in Pictou

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Youth around the world declared May 24, 2019, as an international climate strike day.

Through Pictou County Climate Strikes, the youth of Pictou County are joining the worldwide Fridays for Futures movement. The goal is to empower the youth of Pictou County to let their voices be heard as they confront one of the most important challenges facing their future.

Pictou County Climate Strikes Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement demanding action on climate change. The youth of Pictou County will join others around the world in striking to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and to ask adults to use their voting power to do something about it.

A peaceful demonstration will be held Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Pictou at the Hector Quay Marina. All youth are encouraged to come, bring their friends, and bring posters promoting climate change awareness. Adults are welcome to come out and support this initiative.

A few weeks ago, Lilah Ross and Anna Hewey, both students at West Pictou Consolidated School, went to the Fridays for Future climate strike in Truro determined to find out how they could do something about the climate crisis. Now, with help from their friend Keeley Shipley and a group of students at Northumberland Regional High School, they are bringing it home.

The Fridays for Future movement began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. Thunberg decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish government provided concrete action to address climate change — and the Fridays For Future movement was born.

This movement of young people taking action on climate change and climate justice is continuing to grow. Youth around the world are now striking regularly from school in protest of the lack of action on the climate crisis. The Global Climate Strike on March 15, 2019, involved at least 1.6 million people on all seven continents, in more than 125 countries in more than 2,000 locations.

UN General Secretary António Guterres has endorsed the school strikes initiated by Thunberg, admitting that, “My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people.”

Local students need support and ask people to come out on Friday at 1 p.m. to the Hector Quay Marina and raise your voice for the planet. As one of the Canadian national Fridays for Futures student organizers put it: “Don’t be afraid to follow what you think is right and what you believe in. This is the most important issue of our time, and together we must rise.”