Ormstown Elementary Students Rally for Climate Change. “There is no Planet B” so reads a sign held by a student protester. On March 15th tens of thousands of students worldwide will skip school in an attempt to put pressure on governments to make significant changes to impact climate change. Student climate change protests kicked off last year when one 15-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, skipped school to protest outside the Swedish parliament. In 2018 a report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that we have 11 years to reduce global warming. If human generated gas emissions continue at the present rate, the planet will warm to dangerous levels, putting our planet at a greater risk for extreme weather conditions. As one protester states “If I don’t have a future, why go to school?”
Grade 6 Ormstown Elementary students are working to join in the climate change movement. Because March 15th is a Pedagogical Day, our students plan to protest on May 3rd, the next date set for student demonstrations. Student protests have been taking place across the globe and have seen more than 30,000 students taking part in the city of Brussels, Belgium alone. More than 30 countries are participating, and on March 15th, student demonstrations will take place on every continent. Grade 6 O.E.S. students have been learning about renewable energy within their Science classes and are eager to take steps in their daily lives towards slowing down climate change. The growing student movement motivates students, and these twelve-year-olds are preparing to mobilize. “It is important that teachers educate kids so that we are aware of everything that is happening in our world. It is important that we take action,” states O.E.S. grade six student Victoria Aldridge. Ormstown Elementary School is dedicated to recycling, and the school is also working on developing composting practices. This movement is an example of how young people have the power to change the world.
Yvonne Lewis Langlois