Revelstoke youth to rally against climate change

Fridays for Future event gives students a chance to speak out on issues of global warming, need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Young children hold up a sign with a quote from Greta Thunberg, "you are never too small to make a difference"., during the climate change rally on May 3, 2019. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Revelstoke youth will show their commitment to saving the environment when they gather on the front steps of city hall for a climate change rally this Friday. Part of “Fridays for Future”, it is anticipated a number of students from all four Revelstoke schools will take part in the event.

“Each student has their own perspective, but overall they are asking for more urgent and stronger action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” co-organizer Alice Weber said in a statement.

Friday’s event will be the third climate change rally held in Revelstoke. The previous rally, held on May 3, caught the attention of MP Wayne Stetski, who praised the students in the House of Commons and pushed for urgent climate action.  Stetski, who is unable to attend Friday’s rally, met with students from Revelstoke Secondary last week to talk about climate change action. Weber said while individual Revelstoke city councillors have shown support for previous Fridays for Future events, only one councillor has attended to date. Local government officials are invited to Friday’s event and students are hopeful to see a much larger city council and staff presence.

“ It is hoped that the students will have a chance to have their voices and concerns heard directly at the event, and that city council will take the time to talk with students as well,” said Weber, who is organizing the event along with Brian Ball.

The Fridays for Future climate change rally takes place Friday, May 24 at Revelstoke City Hall between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Community members are invited to attend in support of the student movement. Organizers say the rally is not a protest, and is intended to be positive, peaceful and fun, giving students a chance to write messages which will then be sent to government. It takes place over the schools’ lunch hours.