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Pictou County students to rally for climate change

PICTOU –

Students will demonstrate outside Hector Quay marina on May 24 as part of the International School Strike for Climate – Fridays for Future Rally.

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.

A few weeks ago, Lilah Ross and Anna Hewey, both students at West Pictou Consolidated School, went to the Fridays for Future climate strike being held 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 NRHS, they are bringing it to Pictou County.

“I’m just extremely proud of them, said Lilah’s mother Kristin.

“I think it’s great they’re willing to be brave enough to take a stand for something they care about.”

A peaceful demonstration will begin at 1 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 our young people in this important initiative.

Pictou County Climate Strikes Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement demanding action on climate change. The youth of Pictou County and around the world are 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.

The Fridays for Future movement began in Aug. 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.

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 2,000 locations.

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