'It's not just a few people': Hundreds take part in climate protest in Charlottetown
More than 150 countries participate in worldwide demonstration demanding action on climate change
Hundreds gathered in front of Province House in Charlottetown Friday to take part in the global climate strike, joining people in more than 150 countries working to raise awareness and demand action on climate change.
The event is being hosted by P.E.I. Youth for Climate as part of a worldwide movement inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, who has made headlines around the world for her climate-change activism.
Katie Shaw, a Grade 11 student at Charlottetown Rural, was one of the many at the protest in Charlottetown. She said climate change "is a really important issue for me" and she wants it to be everyone's top priority.
"It doesn't matter how old you are, what you identify as, what your class is, or what country you were born in, we all live on the same planet and we're all going to feel the impact if we lose it," she said.
Julia Hunter, a student at Bluefield High School, attended the protest and said she's frustrated by the lack of action on climate change.
"It's not even the fact that it happens, and we made it happen. It's the fact we know we made it happen and we choose not to deal with it, or just ignore it in general," she said.
Gary Schneider is with the Environmental Coalition of P.E.I. He said attention to climate change is long overdue.
"It's unfortunate that we've left it to young people to fix this," he said.
But, he said youth are doing a better job addressing the issue than the older generations are. And, he said he thinks the protests will bring about real change.
"People are listening to this because it's not just marginalized, it's not just a few people, it's going all across the country."
'I find her really inspiring'
Shaw went to the protest by herself, she said, and was shocked by the number of people that showed up to the climate strike in Charlottetown. A big reason why she wanted to go was because she was inspired by Thunberg's activism.
"I just really admire her tenacity and her perseverance, I find that really inspirational," she said.
"I find her really inspiring … now she's made such a wave around the world and it's really, I think, inspiring change."
Groups taking part in the global climate strike have been hosting events for the past week.
Last Friday, about 100 people demonstrated in Charlottetown voicing concern about climate change and inaction by world leaders.