April 29th, 2019 For Immediate Release
Sin So’sepe’katik (Bridgewater) Friday, May 3, 2019, youth and supporters from all around the South Shore will converge on Bridgewater as part of the National School Strike against inaction on the climate crisis. This comes on the heels of escalating global actions since the fall of 2018 kicked off by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg when she striked from school, sitting in front of her local parliament. Fridays For Future quickly took root around the world, including in Bridgewater where youth have striked every second Friday since February. On March 15th, an estimated 1,600,000 in over 100 countries took part in their global school strike. In Bridgewater 100 people showed up to protest the climate crisis, visiting Bridgewater’s town hall to demand they “Declare a Climate Emergency” and “Act like it’s an Emergency!”.
Fridays For Future youth are calling on key decision-makers in politics, business and the media to acknowledge and act on the climate crisis. They demand a drawdown of greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025 and a citizens’ assembly to oversee the transition to a fair and thriving green economy.
Ira Reinhart-Smith, age 14, says, “I am afraid because my future is in jeopardy. I am angry because the people causing this danger are doing little to nothing to stop it. According to the IPCC Report our world has 11 years left to stop this hurtling freight train or there is no going back. I can no longer stay quiet and let the adults continue to pat me on the head and say everything is going to be ok. Because if we continue on our current path everything is not going to be ok.”
Jane Morrell of Bridgewater says, “When the people take to the streets it’s time for governments to take action. The United Nations says that humans face extinction from the threat of global warming. The kids deserve our support to do whatever we can to save their futures. Margaret Mead said: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'”
On Friday, May 3rd, concerned South Shore youth and their supporters will gather at 100 York Street in front of Bridgewater Junior High School at 1pm and then will march to the offices of Bernadette Jordan MP, and Mark Fury, MLA. We invite everyone to this family friendly protest. And invite all Nova Scotians to protest in their home towns.
Event Information: Canada Wide School Strike Bridgewater, NS, Mi’kma’ki
When: Friday, May 3rd, 2019, 1:00 PM
Where: Meeting at Bridgewater Junior High School, 100 York Street
Why: To help key decision-makers – in government, business and the media – find the courage to acknowledge and act on the climate crisis.
For further information Facebook event: Fridays for Future May 3 Nova Scotia School Strike