Hundreds of students from across the city marched in downtown Halifax demanding action on climate change.
The movement was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has inspired thousands of youth around the world to stand up for the environment.
We are just calling for politicians to listen and to see that as youth, we are engaged and we are educated and we’re not going to put up with procrastination or denial of what is happening to our climate anymore,” said Halifax rally organizer Katie Hutten.
Citadel High School students marched to Citadel Hill to meet students from schools across the city before heading to city hall and province house.
“Climate change will really affect my future, my children’s future, my grandchildren’s future,” said organizer Julia Sampson.
If we don’t stop whats happening we might not have an earth to live on, and if we do, it won’t be the healthy earth that we have now. So it’s really necessary that we take imminent action.”
Halifax councillors and Mayor Mike Savage were in attendance to show their support during the youth climate strike.
“There’s a lot of passion here for an issue that’s going to affect people for a lot of years to come, Savage said.
We’re proud of some of the things we’re doing at City Hall and we know that we can do more, but we’re happy to see people energized and passionate about this issue.”
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The Halifax climate strike was a peaceful protest, however, police did arrest a 19-year-old and 21-year-old man for breach of peace by disrupting traffic.
Around 300 high school students marched in downtown Halifax on Friday to demand action on climate change.
The protest was part of a global event taking place in more than 100 countries, inspired by School Strike for Climate Change, a movement that Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg began in August.
Five organizers from Citadel High School led a walkout to the Clock Tower on Citadel Hill, where they were met by protesters from other high schools. The march proceeded down to City Hall and Province House.
Protesters asked government for a restriction or ban on plastic, such as plastic straws, and to include young people in their efforts to solve climate-change issues.
"I was very discouraged when I first heard about what was happening to the climate and I felt there was no way to help, but when I found out about the movement started by Greta, I thought that was the only way to become part of the solution to this crisis."
"It's important for me because I come to work everyday and I feel scared because the children I care about so much, I don't know what's going to happen in the future for them and it makes me feel very sad."
"I've been involved in climate action for my entire life and I'm actually a fortunate person because of that. I consider it my duty as someone who understands what's going on to come here and help out. "
"This is a problem happening in the whole wide world. Climate change isn't only happening in Canada or Spain, the place I come from, and I think every country in the world should fight for this. We have to do something and this is the only way teenagers can speak up."
"I'm here because I learned about climate change all throughout my school career and it's frustrating that something is in the curriculum and isn't being enforced by the government who write it."