Brief: Students gathered at city hall as part of the international #FridaysForFuture movement

Students gathered at city hall for a climate change protest on May 24, as part of the international #FridaysForFuture protest gatherings.

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Students rally at city hall on May 24 as part of the Fridays for Future protest movement. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Just under 200 students, teachers, parents and school district administrators held a climate change rally at noon at Revelstoke City Hall as part of the Fridays for Future movement.

Students rally at city hall on May 24 as part of the Fridays for Future protest movement. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

#FridaysForFuture is a movement that 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.

Students rally at city hall on May 24 as part of the Fridays for Future protest movement. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

In Revelstoke, students made signs in English and French with messages about the need to address climate change and other environmental concerns.

At the Revelstoke gathering, students made short speeches via a bullhorn that was passed around the crowd.

“If we start buying less plastic,” said one young protester, “we can slowly change the world by making companies make more sustainable products.”

Students rally at city hall on May 24 as part of the Fridays for Future protest movement. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Another protester lamented about the coming climate crisis, saying urgent action was needed on climate change: “It is going to ruin our planet and it is going to make it hell for other generations,” she said.

Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“If our climate was cool, we’d be back in school,” said another.

Later they chanted “One Earth, one chance!” and other slogans.

An North Columbia Environmental Society spokesperson mentioned an upcoming open house at the community centre on May 29 at 5 p.m., which will discuss the Green New Deal.

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