Mull students take a stance on climate change

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Children on Mull are going to be turning up the heat on the climate crisis front over the next few months.

Since November 2018, more than a million young people across the world have been striking every month in protest over their governments’ lack of action on the Paris Agreement, signed in 2016, to deal with greenhouse gas emissions.

On Friday September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the UN Emergency Climate Summit, school strikers, together with friends, communities and families will be holding the biggest global climate strike yet.

The children and young people of Mull, supported by friends and family will be joining them.

To learn more about the climate crisis and the student climate days of action, a drop-in session for young people has been organised for Friday July 26 from noon to 4pm in the An Tobar art room in Tobermory, and at a venue (to be confirmed) in Bunessan.

Information about the global climate strike will be available and the opportunity for the young participants to create statements about how they feel about the climate crisis.

The young participants’ statements will form an exhibition – Climate Crisis and Me – opening on Friday August 16 from 5.30 to 6.30pm at An Tobar, Tobermory, to which all are welcome.

At this stage, a number of adults are supporting the young people with the aim of them forming a group which they will name themselves.

One adult, Sarah Darling, told us: ‘It is important that the student days of action are led by young people.

‘A number of school students have been taking part in the climate strikes across Scotland but I am not aware of there being any other school student strikes in Argyll and Bute and it’s great that the youngsters on Mull want to lead the way.

‘The children are going to try to encourage local businesses to shut their doors for a few hours on September 20 too.’

More workshops will be held across the island after the start of the new school year.

To find out more see the Facebook page ‘CLIMATE CHANGE and ME – Mull and Surrounding Islands’ –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/392087041429821/