Thunder Bay student walkout to protest climate change (9 photos)

“It’s so inspiring to see a youth movement led by young people,” said Patty Hajdu, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North.

THUNDER BAY — Students at Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute left school on Friday to raise awareness about climate change as part of the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike.

“This is part of the global climate strike. So our goal was to raise awareness in Thunder Bay as well, because it’s our future and our climate,” said youth activist Anjelina Pathak.

“I feel like government offices, they usually say a lot about what they’re doing and that, but you don’t really see a lot of action being put in place.”

The students gathered outside the office of Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, where they demanded more action from the federal government.

“As young people, especially here, we know we need to act now to make sure we have a future and we know our government is not doing enough to make sure we and younger generations can have a future. on this earth. said Tienche Liu, a young activist.

“And as young activists, we know how important it is for us to act now.”

The high school students were soon joined by students from Lakehead University who were extremely proud of the initiative taken by the younger students.

Hajdu was not present at the protest but released a statement shortly after, saying she supported the students.

“Now is the time for climate action. Our government is taking action and has taken historic steps towards creating a clean and green economy, so that our beautiful country is protected and healthy for generations to come. It is so inspiring to see a youth movement led by young people,” Hajdu said in the statement.

“We are listening and making major investments in clean technology, electric vehicles, green bonds, conservation and recovery, and sustainability measures across all sectors. The recently announced agreement between Prime Minister Trudeau and the NDP means our shared priorities and climate goals can move forward with the support of elected leaders from coast to coast.

Teresa H. Sadler