These L.V. Rogers students spent 24 hours at the school raising awareness for climate change last week. Photo: Tyler Harper

LVR students hold 24-hour climate change sit in

It’s the third event organized by students this year

Greta Thunberg has made an impression on Daniel Reilly.

Reilly said he was moved to action after seeing a video of Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede who has made international headlines for her climate change activism.

“It just inspired me,” said Reilly, a Grade 9 student at L.V. Rogers. “[I said] ‘Okay, we need to take action right now.’”

Reilly was one of the organizers of a 24-hour sit in at LVR on Thursday and Friday. The idea came about after a talk with school principal Tamara Malloff, and is the latest awareness event organized by local students after a pair of school strikes earlier this year.

Reilly and co-organizers Jade Osecki were joined by over 30 other students who made signs, spoke to fellow students about climate change issues and spent the night sleeping in the hallways of the school.

Osecki, a Grade 10 student who is part of the school’s Youth Climate Action Team, said the sit in provoked discussion at LVR.

“A lot of students do have some opinions about it and think this is a waste of our time,” she said.

“We reassured them that the more kids that sit in, the more attention it grabs, the more local government will take climate change as a serious threat, and that [keeping global warming below] a 1.5 degree target is a realistic goal if everyone changes their habits and we work together as a team.”

Osecki and Reilly said they are already planning another strike in the fall just prior to the federal election in October.

For now, they want local residents to concentrate on what they can do to mitigate global warming.

“These changes aren’t new and exciting. They’ve been around for decades. It’s the fact that people still aren’t taking it seriously is the scary thing.”

Related:

Youth climate strikers present to regional district

Nelson students skip classes for climate action

OPINION: No time to wait for climate action

LETTERS: Joining climate strike wasn’t skipping school



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Four fires still burning in West Kootenay

More than 25 fires were started by lightning in the last week.

New residential building under construction at Kerr site

Ground has broken on a four-storey, 44-unit mixed use building

Castlegar police seek dawn home intruder

Man walked into house at 4 a.m., asks son about mother

Nelson woman celebrated for achievement in literacy

Paulina Mason was honoured by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Eleven communities to attract newcomers to support middle-class jobs

The program includes unspecified West Kootenay communities

VIDEO: Sexting teens at risk of depression and substance abuse, Canadian study says

Use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be associated with sexting

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors announcer credited with calming crowds after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Mini-horse visits residents at Lower Mainland care home

Gunner turned a visit with grandpa into a major event for everyone at the residence

Women sue former Vancouver cop over alleged sexual abuse during pimp case

Two women claim James Fisher caused psychological trauma during the Reza Moazami investigation

First ever Indigenous person to join the RCMP to be honoured in B.C.

Hawk Kelly said becoming a Mountie was his dream job as a kid

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

International Trade Minister Jim Carr described the decision as ‘very significant’

Mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of B.C. inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused B.C. cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Most Read