Hosted by RISE Waterloo Region
Friday at 11am–1pm
Veritas Cafe by the GSA
DetailsJOIN US this Friday, Nov 1st from 11-1 as we come together to celebrate the recent creation of the beautiful “Climate is Life” mural on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and to honor our incredible climate and earth that truly gives all of us LIFE!
11 – 12: PHOTOS FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE:
The mural opening will begin at 11am Friday with a 1-hour “photo portraits” campaign, for anyone who wishes to stand in solidarity for climate justice within the beautiful mural image of people rising up, to have their picture taken and shared. This will be a great opportunity to SEND A MESSAGE TO OTHERS on the urgent need for bold climate action and justice, and to symbolically join the incredible movement that is right now rising up around the world to fight for a safe climate future for all of us. You can BRING YOUR OWN SIGN in support of climate action / justice to the site, or borrow one of ours to get your own photo to then share across platforms with the hashtags #ClimateIsLife, #ClimateStrikeWR, and #LaurierClimateAction (and any others you can think of!)
12 – 1pm: MURAL OPENING CEREMONY
From 12-1pm, we are honored to be led in a traditional opening ceremony by Cree firekeeper and Indigenous Community Educator Clarence Cachagee, as we recognize this mural and all of Laurier’s Waterloo campus is on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Clarence will be leading this ceremony to honor the earth and climate, and to speak to the Anishnaabe Grand River Water Walk represented within the mural and the deep leadership of many Indigenous Peoples in fighting for and stewarding the land, waters and climate.
WORDS FROM THE ARTIST / COMMITTEE:
There will also be time for some words by mural artist Pamela Rojas who led the mural creation process over multiple weeks, engaging dozens of people in the painting process, as well as from members of the committee who helped bring this project to life on Waterloo campus. Together, they will talk through some of the symbolism embedded in the mural and the importance of this new image for shaping Laurier’s & the broader community’s own efforts for increasing climate action and justice.
We hope you can join us Nov 1st for this incredible mural opening event as we celebrate the message that CLIMATE IS LIFE!
This mural was created in solidarity with the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE movement that saw over 7 million+ people come together around the world from Sept 20 – 27th, to sound the alarm on the climate emergency and the need for an ambitious, science and justice-based response to the growing threats of a rapidly changing climate. Here in Waterloo Region, we had one of the biggest turnouts we’ve ever seen for climate action on Sept 27th, including incredible student-led marches from both Laurier and the University of Waterloo to demand climate justice. The next global strike is being planned for Nov 29th, and once more we will be there to RISE FOR CLIMATE! Stay tuned for details…
LOCATION NOTE: This mural is painted on the exterior wall of the Theatre Arts Building at Wilfrid Laurier University, on the pathway leading up to Veritas Cafe (the closest location reference) and the Quad. If you’re coming from off-campus, the quickest access is from University Avenue, at the entrance to the Music Faculty Building. Parking on-campus has a cost and can sometimes be hard to find – we suggest finding a side street to park on free, or in the spirit of sustainability and climate action, attend by public transit, bike, or good ol’ walking. We look forwards to welcoming you for this powerful ceremony as we celebrate and honor our shared climate, and our responsibility to fight for climate justice.