Lots of stuff happening today but first the main event. Following that in chronological order are all the other events today:
- UW and Laurier crowds gather on their campuses [~10:00am],
- Processions leave from UW and Laurier and meet up along the way [~10:45],
- Processions arrive from UW, Laurier, and local schools [~11:15],
- 11:30 Indigenous Welcome. The Blue Sky Singers and Cedar Hill Singers will provide an opening and then Sydney Hannusch and Andrew Judge will speak,
- 12:00-1:30 the following happens:
- Church bells ring (Bells For Future),
- Flash Mob: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, organized by Julie Baumgartel and conducted by Mark Vuorinen,
- Short speeches,
- Voting for A Safe Climate action, adults pledge to give their votes to kids at mock voting booths,
- Closing with Outside Voices choir leading crowd in song: “The Tide is Rising (lyrics)”, “Blowing in the Wind (lyrics)” and “Sing for the Climate Belgium (lyrics)”,
Climate strike Waterloo Region and Fridays for Future Waterloo Region strikes have been organized by youth from local middle and high schools; students and professors from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University; and members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Communities for Conservation, The Council of Canadians, Divest Waterloo, Extinction Rebellion, Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save, and Rise for Climate Waterloo Region.
We will have photographers and videographers at the strike. We will be using photos and videos for promoting future strikes, and they will be posted on social media. Also, The Museum in downtown Kitchener will be mounting an exhibit in January about the climate crisis, and they will feature photographs from our strike in the exhibit, and across the front of the building. The groups organizing the climate strike in Waterloo Region are all nonprofits, as is The Museum. None of the organizers will be profiting in any way from the photos or videos; they will be used for artistic and publicity purposes, and to continue to raise awareness about the climate crisis. **Teachers may want to think about getting parental permission for photos and videos.
Friday Sept 27, 9:00-10:30am — Sign Making for Critical Mass Bike Ride, at Recycle Cycles (37 Market Ln, Kitchener) behind The Green Door, (streetview, map). We will be making signs relating to our current climate crisis. There will be supplies provided, but definitely bring more if you have any! Things like wood, paint, poster board, fabric, markers, stencils, glitter. (see Poster).
Friday Sept 27, 10:45-11:30am — Critical Mass Bike Ride, Starting at Recycle Cycles, 37 Market Ln, Kitchener (streetview, map). After making all of our pretty signs we will head out on a critical mass bike ride through king street, ending at the strike in Waterloo Town Square. If you have noise makers, bring ‘em! (see Poster).
Friday Sept 27, 9:30-11:00am — Climate Strike Prayer Service, Mary Allen Park, Willow St & Allen St E, Waterloo (streetview, map).
In the month of September, Christians around the world come together to celebrate the “Season of Creation.” Join students and community members for sign-making and an ecumenical prayer service with Taizé song as we prepare to take part in the Global Climate Strike. Organized by Taize.
- 9:30-10:30am – Sign-Making,
- 10:30-11:00am – Climate Strike Prayer Service.
Friday Sept 27th, 7:00-9:00pm — Surprised By Enough, Honouring Nature by Living Within Our Limits, Fresh Ground Cafe, 256 King Street East, Kitchener.
In light of the environmental crisis many people are asking: what does it mean to live equitably amongst all people, other species, and future generations? Join Jim Merkel, author, filmmaker, volunteer, and engineer, who moved from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. Tickets are $25 for the evening including food and drink. (see: poster, streetview, map)