Hear Manitobans’ takes on the Winnipeg Climate Strike.
An estimated 12,000 people marched through the streets of Winnipeg yesterday in an effort to bring forth climate action.
Lena Andres, 17, holds up her megaphone and addresses the crowd.
“What do we want?” she asks.
Andres raises a tightly-clenched fist to the sky.
“When do we want it?”
“NOW!” says the crowd, their voices bellowing through the streets of Winnipeg.
“It feels unfair that older generations of people get long, healthy lives,”
Parents, children and students like Andres joined the Winnipeg climate-strike walk, organized by Manitoba Youth for Climate Action.
The walk started around 1 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building, went through Broadway toward Main and circled back via Assiniboine.
For the climate
Early childhood educator Karla Schultz, 43, watches her kids run around the legislative building after the march and asks them, “Why are we here?”
Her six-year-old son Odin replies, “For the climate.”
Schultz smiles and says, “What are we doing?”
“We’re going to fight for the climate.”
Josie Krahn, 26, drove from Steinbach to Winnipeg for the strike.
“My heart is beating faster than it has in a long time,”
Hannah Muhajarine, 26, is a student and member of grass-roots group Our Time, a national youth-led movement pushing for climate action in the form of a Green New Deal.
“Everyone needs to be on board,” says Muhajarine.
Land cannot be owned
The strike featured artists, performances and speakers throughout the afternoon.
Two-spirit, Indigenous activist Brielle Beardy-Linklater stands in front of thousands of Manitobans during the strike and
Eric Rae, 35, orchestrated a theatrical performance for the climate strike.
“What’s going on with the planet is absurd and horrific. The strike is good but there is a lot of hard work to do,”
Crowds dispersed between 5 and 7 p.m., with some people setting up their tents for the night.
RRC students interested in the environmental causes can join the Sustainability Club by contacting Josh Roopchand at firstname.lastname@example.org.