Video: Waterloo Region RISES for Climate Justice and the Global Climate Strike!

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RISE for CLIMATE JUSTICE! Sept 27th, 2019 / Waterloo, Ontario – People from across the region gathered today at Waterloo Town Square, in the largest environmental gathering the region has ever seen, to call for immediate and urgent action on climate change. The 5000+ people here joined more than 7 million participants in over 160 countries around the world who took to the streets this week to make it clear that we need urgent and ambitious action TODAY, as part of the Global Climate Strike (www.globalclimatestrike.net)

Today’s strike brought together indigenous people, students, parents, and workers, all calling for one single thing … the right to a livable future! In a year that has seen new heat records, the strongest hurricanes, intense rainfall, and rapid melting of the ice caps. In a year when Canada declared a climate emergency and bought an oil pipeline. In a year that has seen the Amazon rainforest, often known as the lungs of the Earth, burning for cattle. In this year we have seen the largest climate strikes ever recorded.

In this year the students and young people have taken to the streets to stand up for their future. And today the Waterloo Region community and the global community gathered to stand up with the students to demand action!

Over the past year, we have had several scientific reports, including the IPCC SR1.5, the WMO Global Climate in 2015-2019, and the IPCC SR on Ocean and Cryosphere, that have presented the stark impacts of climate change and the action needed to avoid the worst of these impacts. The science is clear we need ambitious action today!

We URGENTLY NEED all levels of government to commit to a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, leading to net-zero emissions by 2050, if we are going to be secure a livable planet for future generations, and deliver a safe climate future for all life on earth.

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Editing / graphics:
Better Creative www.bettercreative.ca

Videographers:
Avery Rouleau
Brendan Stanton
Chiamaka Okafor-Justin
Nolan O’Kane
Victor Cannell

Photography:
Pinky Stroker

Climate Strike Waterloo Region in the news

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.

Read More at the Record …

Event Reminder: Sept 23rd

Monday Sept 23, 6:30-9pm, A screening of the climate action documentary Beyond Crisis, Princess Twin Cinema 46 King St N, Waterloo (map). Register on EventBrite or through Facebook (Pay-by-Donation / PWYC).

  • 6:30pm – Mingling for climate action,
  • 7:00pm – Beyond Crisis,
  • 8:00pm – Panel discussion.

BEYOND CRISIS is a story of hope for a rapidly changing world: a meditative call to action that explores what it means to be living in this new era of climate change, as told by over fifty diverse voices from across Canada, the U.S. and beyond.


Monday, Sept 23rd, 7:00 – 9pmWilmot’s Climate Emergency Declaration Vote. Lets fill the council chambers! (see facebook page for Details), 60 Snyder’s Road West, Baden, Ontario (streetview, map).

  • Join us at Wilmot Township Council’s next meeting where Councillors will be voting on a Climate Emergency declaration for the Township of Wilmot! The declaration also includes a carbon budget, which will keep the township accountable and on track to meet its emission goals.
  • The Climate Emergency motion will likely be early on the agenda, so please be sure to arrive on time (as close to 7:00 pm as possible).
  • We want to fill the chambers in support of this motion, so invite everyone you know!!

New Event: Woolwich Climate Emergency Declaration vote

Tuesday Sept 24th, 7-9pmWoolwich Climate Emergency Declaration vote, This is one step towards a Regional vote October 9th – let’s fill the council chambers in support! (see facebook page for Details), 24 Church St W, Elmira, Ontario (streetview, map).

  • Join us at Woolwich Township Council’s next meeting where Councillors will be voting on a Climate Emergency declaration for the Township of Woolwich! The declaration also includes a carbon budget, which will keep the township accountable and on track to meet its emission goals.
  • The Climate Emergency motion will likely be early on the agenda, so please be sure to arrive on time (as close to 7:00 pm as possible).
  • We want to fill the chambers in support of this motion, so invite everyone you know!!

Interest from all over the world!

Countries from all around the world are having or planing their own Climate Strikes. We in Waterloo Region (Ontario, Canada) will be having our strike on the 27th of September (2019). What’s interesting is that we are seeing interest in what we are doing, on our web site, from all over the world:

RankCountryVisitor Count
1Canada836
2United States196
3Unknown30
4Germany26
5France25
6United Kingdom4
7Ireland2
8Netherlands2
9Austria2
10Hong Kong2

Take a look at our Posters

We’ve been collecting posters from all our rallies since January 2019. Check out our Posters page to see some of our current posters. Hopefully they will help you design some new posters for the Climate Strike rally on the 27th!

We’d love to get a picture of your poster for our web site, or better yet a picture of you holding your poster.

Event Reminder for Sept20th and 21st…

Sept 20-27th, Wilfrid Laurier “Climate is Life” mural creation , Wilfrid Laurier Waterloo campus. Painting will start Friday, Sept 20th at 9am on the path leading up to the Quad / Veritas Cafe (see: poster).

  • Permanent participatory mural creation for climate action on exterior wall of Laurier campus, to engage Laurier students / community in solidarity with the Global Climate Week, and as a powerful symbol to help build a more engaged “culture of sustainability” at Laurier university.
  • Primarily intended for Laurier students, staff, faculty, though anyone welcome to attend.

Sept 21st, 12Noon-2:00pmOur Time KW Organizing Meeting, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region (St John’s church), 23 Water Street North, Kitchener (streetview, map).
The climate crisis is here, and as youth, we will be affected more than any generation before us. As the largest voting bloc for the first time in Canadian history, we also have a huge opportunity. For decades, fossil fuel billionaires and their political allies have put people and the planet in jeopardy. Last fall, scientists confirmed we only have until 2030 to cut our emissions in half to avoid catastrophic climate change. Their time is over. The 2019 election is Our Time. Please register and get more details here.

Climate Emergency vote in Wellesley Township!

Monday, Sept 24th, 7:00 – 9pmWellesley’s Climate Emergency Declaration Vote. Lets fill the council chambers! (see facebook page for Details), 4805 William Hastings Line, Millbank, Ontario (streetview, map).

  • Join us at Wellesley Township Council’s next meeting where Councillors will be voting on a Climate Emergency declaration for the Township of Wellesley! The declaration also includes a carbon budget, which will keep the township accountable and on track to meet its emission goals.
  • The Climate Emergency motion will likely be early on the agenda, so please be sure to arrive on time (as close to 7:00 pm as possible).
  • We want to fill the chambers in support of this motion, so invite everyone you know!!

Climate Strike Sept 27th note

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.