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Youth Environmentalists

Young people are getting more involved with working towards a healthier planet. They are confronting older generations. Placing blame on them for the destruction our planet is on the precipice of.

Youth lack a voice in government, so some have started not attending school on Fridays to force lawmakers to hear them.

During a school strike at the Legislative Building students from all over Winnipeg made signs and chanted in protest to global warming and taking better care of our earth. This is third year this strike has taken place.

“Some adults don’t actually think climate change is a real thing,” says Sarah Fontaine-Sinclair, a 12-year old student.

She says it’s their job to care about the planet.

A United Nations report released this year said humanity is still able to save our environment, although that time is slipping away. It said humans need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 to have a chance of limiting the damage.

Reports like that have inspired action from students around the world.
University of Winnipeg students paint World Water Day posters.
These students are inspiring a new level of optimism in an older generation of climate activists.

“There are a lot of students who pay attention to what is going on in the world,” says Eric Reder wilderness and Water Campaigner.

Young people are asking for more responsible handling of public utilities as well as infrastructure. They are demanding respect for water and a rally like this helps bring awareness.

Students from the University of Winnipeg paint signs in preparation for the upcoming World Water Day Rally. They’ll be joined by high school students for their Friday march.

Videos

Winnipeg youth involved in saving the planet
Students from around Winnipeg take part in a strike to raise awareness for climate change while students from Sisler High School are determnded to make a diffference with their recycling program.
Augustine United Church's service of lamentation for climate change
On March 19, the Augustine United Church in Winnipeg held a special service for lent, to inspire action on climate change.
Climate Strike
Anders Giesbrecht talks about how Greta Thunberg started a cimate strike that Winnipeg students are now taking a part in.
Devon Climate Green screen
Devon Shewchuk recaps a United Nations Environment report on climate change, explaining what it potentially means for society as a whole.
Vermicomposting One Off
Anders Giesbrecht talks with Jaret Olfert from Green Action Centre about vermicomposting, a newer method of in-home composting with live worms.
Poster Making for the World Water Day March - VO/SOT
Wa Ni Ska Tan and university students are making posters for the World Water Day march on Friday March 22.