Age was not a factor in today’s climate change awareness event that took place outside Revelstoke City Hall from 11:30-1:30 p.m. From toddlers to teens, youth of all ages eagerly set pen to paper as they created motivating placards to prompt important conversation.

Young children hold up a sign with a quote from Greta Thunberg, “you are never too small to make a difference”. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

The event was set up by two concerned Revelstoke residents, Brian Ball and Alice Weber.

“From our point of view, we were not there today so much as a protest or a rally” Ball explained. “ It was more to show our support and to encourage the youth of Revelstoke to walk out for such an important cause. We also want the youth to know that we will continue to support them and join them in the movement and that they are not alone in this fight.”

Pictured: event organizers Brian Ball and Alice Weber. Ball believes we will see a drop in tourism and we will have a slowdown in the economy of Revelstoke if we continue to see more forest fires and less snowpack as a result of climate change. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

The event was inspired by Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. In November 2018 at the age of sixteen, Thunberg initiated the “Fridays for Future” school strike that gained momentum globally. The subsequential strikes saw schools students missing classes in order to attend demonstrations that called for government action to prevent further global warming and climate change.

Youth needed little prompting to create engaging placards. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Both Weber and Ball were shocked by how little guidance the young participants needed regarding messages for their placards.

“We did not have to tell them what to write, we just set up the cardboard, pens, and tables and they wrote down their own thoughts and feelings on climate change and were excited to hold their signs for pictures and post them up on the wall, said Ball. “I feel that a lot of these kids had a better grasp on what is really going on than many of the adults and were not afraid to express this.”

Motivated youth were attaching signs to the steps of the City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer/ Louise Stanway.

Following in Thunberg’s footsteps, there will be a larger “walk out” event happening on May 24, 2019.

“We are extremely hopeful that many youth do walk out from school, do join in, and do tell the message as it is, so that the people in charge can finally start doing something about it,” said Ball.

Organizers estimate that over 50 people turned up to the event. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

The organizers of the event are hoping that citizens, businesses of Revelstoke and the City of Revelstoke will show support and join in at the upcoming event.

“We are asking that the youth continue to walk out from school and continue to push the message that we need to do something about climate change now not in 10 or 20 years from now,” said Ball.

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