SSHS students march for action on climate change

Sari Green/Courier Students from St. Stephen High School marched through town on May 24 to make the community aware of the effects of climate change in the world, and to hopefully convince the government to take action before it is too late.

St. Stephen – Inclement weather didn’t stop a group of students from St. Stephen High School (SSHS) from marching through town on Friday to support an initiative known as “Fridays for Future”, which was started by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden. This initiative is meant to shed light on the issue of climate change, and how it is affecting our world.

Student Courtney Taylor said Thunberg has inspired her and other students to “take action before it is too late”, and said the point of the protest is to make the community aware of global warming, and the impact on the planet. Taylor and other students have been inspired by Thunberg, who has been quoted as saying, “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our home is on fire, because it is.”

“Our home is on fire, and the people in power are pulling down their blinds,” said Taylor

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While the government has been looking at climate change and its effects, Taylor and her group don’t think enough is being done. She said many people don’t realize just how serious climate change is, and what it means for her own and future generations.

“Our planet is heating up at an exponential rate,” said Taylor. “We as youth who will experience the more intense effects of this massive issue want to fix it.”

The students walked from SSHS to the downtown area where they planned to march for three to four hours with their placards, to inform residents about the many environmental issues facing the world today, and that are facing people right here in Charlotte County. They made a couple of stops along the way, including the steps of NB Southwest MP Karen Ludwig’s office on Milltown Boulevard.

Taylor said the goal of her group is to let the government know they are not happy with how climate change is being handled, and to inform people about the effects of climate change. They want the government to “start to take action” on the matter, and to listen not only to scientists, but to them and other young people who want to deal with the issue now, rather than when it is too late.

“Our goal is for the government to start to listen to us and the scientists around the world who have come up with solutions on how to fix some of our problems,” said Taylor, adding that if the government doesn’t take this issue seriously, “The effects of climate change will be irreversible by the year 2030. The bulk of us will be in our 30s, and will literally watch our world fall apart.”