PHILLY SHOWED UP!
For those of you unaware of the current climate strike, here's the long story short. Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish activist started the Global Climate Strike in August 2018, skipping school on Fridays to demand action against climate change. One person with a big voice has created a worldwide movement forcing politicians and people of power to wake up and start making change.
I joined Philadelphia's protesters yesterday. Every age, every race, every religion, people of all different backgrounds showed up. While some Philadelphia school districts decided that any students that were not in school this Friday would be marked as an unexcused absence, other districts decided that with a guardians notice, skipping school on Friday would count as an educational trip. The fear of an unexcused absence didn't stop students, teachers, and school employees from showing up though and I don't see that changing.
When children spend their school days on the streets teaching adults about the impact that their actions have on the future, it becomes very clear that our system is broken. Yesterday's global climate strike gave me hope. For any single person who has felt "crazy" for caring, hopeless for caring, or emotionally drained for caring, let yesterday be a reminder that caring creates change.
Have you joined the Global Climate Strike? Let me know on our Facebook page! Share your photos, stories, videos, etc. I would LOVE to see all that you do!
For more information on this week long event, please head to Global Climate Strike.
Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.