Another Rally for Climate Action Draws Large Crowds
[Reported by Hillary Johnson]
Organizers and participants alike say they were energized by Friday's Global Climate Strikes -- held in communities across Canada and around the world -- including here in the northwest.
And they say they plan to continue pressing their message that action is needed now, to avert a worldwide disaster.
Just as they did a week earlier, a large group gathered in front of Terrace City Hall Friday, to address the climate crisis they believe is facing the planet.
Similar rallies were happening in Smithers, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and in communities all around the world -- in a global movement sparked by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg.
In keeping with the theme of youth, many young people were among the crowd.
Skeena Middle School teacher Trygve Sort, who earlier this year led a group of students to City Hall to present ideas to council about bike safety, once again wanted his students to be at the forefront of an important issue.
"Our goal is just to bring awareness to what was going on because I talked to a lot of my students and the heartbreaker was maybe two out of 200 knew who Greta was -- they didn't really know what was going on which I found very surprising so I was thinking: what can we do as a school better to change that?" he said.
Organizers say the protests and rallies are a way to kickstart renewed action on climate change all over the world, and they see young people as the key to driving the point home.
"The message needs to get out that we only have one planet to live on, there is no Planet B, and if we don't do the right thing, the next generation will have to pay for it, and in a future generation, there might be hardly anybody left on the planet, said local resident Martin Holzbauer.
Fellow climate striker Barry English added "our planet's falling apart, and we have to do something about it -- our politicians won't so we have to; we're helping Greta, and she needs all the help we can give her!"
Critics say those kinds of statements are alarmist and unproven -- but the issue of Climate Change has become a major election issue here in Canada.
And the activists want to keep the momentum going well past the October 21st vote -- and to make sure even those too young to vote are part of the conversation.