Thousands from across the province, including a few students from Stonewall Collegiate Institute, descended in front of the Legislative Building on Sept. 27 to raise awareness about climate change. The event was one of many worldwide as part of the Global Climate Strike to demand all levels of government to take action.
Shae Mulvihill, a member of local youth environmental group Stonewall Youth Going Green, also took part in the strike as well as other members of SYGG and students from Stonewall Collegiate Institute and other schools. While Mulvihill did not take part in the march through downtown Winnipeg, she attended the protest later and was amazed by the turnout.
“The atmosphere at the (Legislative Building) was awesome. You could tell that everyone there was really passionate about the cause,” Mulvihill wrote in an email to The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times. “Seeing the creative signs and the multitudes of people making a stand for change was phenomenal. I hope it impacted the people who have the power to create large-scale change as much as it impacted me.”
Mulvihill, currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba, is a member of the Sustainability Working Group on campus. She and other group members went to the gathering and met other like-minded people committed to a healthier planet.
“It’s super fun to meet new people who are all interested in making change. I didn’t get a chance to talk to many other people as I was with a lot of friends, but the speakers, especially the Indigenous rights speakers, were very interesting,” Mulvihill wrote. “A group of middle schoolers from Winnipeg all went up and read poems and speeches. That was probably my favourite part; to see such drive and determination out of those young kids really motivates me to do more.”
Closer to home, SYGG is still working on getting Stonewall council to ban plastic bags at retailers.
“We will continue to raise awareness and try to get the support of as many people as possible,” Mulvihill wrote.
An estimated six million people worldwide took part in Global Climate Strike events on Sept. 20 and 27.