Organizers hope Waterloo Region’s biggest climate strike will spark action
Sep 20, 2019 by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record
WATERLOO REGION — Beethoven’s music has inspired activists around the world, most famously when students in the Tiananmen Square uprising played his masterpiece “Ninth Symphony” as a way to build hope and solidarity.
Next Friday, the “Ode to Joy” from that symphony will ring out over Waterloo Public Square in what organizers say will be the biggest climate strike so far in Waterloo Region.
It will start off low, with just one instrument, and gradually swell as other professional musicians, members of local choirs, and hundreds of others join in.
It will “just kind of build,” the way organizers hope momentum for climate action will build, both in the region and around the world, said Mo Markham, one of the organizers of the local climate strike.
Earlier monthly climate strikes have attracted anywhere from 100 to 300 people, but the one on Friday, Sept. 27, at the public square, held as part of worldwide strikes for Climate Week, could draw 1,000 or more, said Meg Rutter Walker of Fridays for Future Waterloo Region.
“There’s a lot of energy and a lot of excitement,” Rutter Walker said.