Kamloops students gathered on Friday to join the worldwide movement of Global Climate Action. Students waved placards downtown at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street before marching to city hall.
Millions of young people gathered in cities in around the world to demand governments take action to address the climate crisis and put an end to the age of fossil fuels.
The worldwide walkout, organized by the Fridays for Future campaign, is before the United Nations General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit on Monday, Sept. 23.
In New York, more than a million schoolchildren were given permission to not attend school Friday. Massive crowds also gathered in other major U.S. cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and Portland.
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who started Fridays for Future and sailed across the Atlantic in a zero-emission yacht to take a stand against the pollution caused by airline travel, will be at a rally in New York today, and plans to come to Canada and attend Montreal’s protest next Friday.
In Vancouver on Friday, the Vancouver Sun reporterd hundreds of teenagers staged a “die-in,” a creative form of non-violent action.
The BC Teachers’ Federation has said it is encouraging administrators to excuse student absences on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 and to provide support for teachers planning field trips on those days.
In Europe, 93 per cent of Europeans see global warming as a serious problem, according to a recent survey by the European Commission.
Protests and rallies have grown in Canada as well, following a 2018 report by the UN’s IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, which found that if the global average temperate increases more than 1.5 C there will be catastrophic human suffering, increased wildfires and heat waves, drought, crop losses, disease and loss of animal species.
The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society published a position statement on the climate emergency last week, stating that it supports Canada’s Changing Climate Report, and is ready to work toward rapid decarbonization of the economy and investment in renewable-energy sources.