Updated: Nov 13, 2021
This is not how I expected my first climate strike to go. Granted, I never expected that I would be hosting one, much less, needing to host one. When I was a child, the climate crisis seemed so distant and like something so tangible that we would solve, but we didn’t and we are far from it. I also thought that there was very little that individual action could do to make change, and there I was, wrong again. What this community has shown me is that it doesn't matter who you are or how many people there are: change is coming -no- change is already here, we just need our leaders to wake up and take action. Climate solutions are not empty promises for 2050 or whatever number is floating around right now trying to convince us that climate change is under control, they are built on inclusive actions. Knowing that, I am aware that I speak from a position of immense privilege, being able to live my life free from the worst of the climate disaster, but knowing that there are those out there whose world will keep getting hotter as people turn their head and crank up the air conditioning. But, we haven’t and we won’t give up, because as long as there’s a planet with us on it, there will be people fighting to protect it. Even though it may seem sometimes like the opinions of the deniers outweigh the facts of the environmentalists at least in our governments, it doesn’t mean that our actions are lesser, it doesn’t mean that it is pointless, it means that we have come together in the face of many challenges and said, “Let’s show our leaders how to lead” and showing that you don’t have to be in a position of power to make change-by showing up here today, you are already powerful.