Fridays Strike was amazing. I felt so much positive energy that it helped me stay calm and I wasn’t nervous getting up to speak. I didn’t write a speech this time
I just wanted to say what ever I felt at the time.
There were so many good speakers and poets. Mum got lots of videos of them so I could listen later on. I posted them in my twitter account so others could hear them too because young people’s voices matter, and we need to be heard but mostly listened to.
I was really Surprised when the Mayor for Manchester Andy Burnham turned up. As part of my activism mum has been helping me write letters and tweet MPs as well as Andy Burnham but most have been ignored or patronising responses.
Yes I do know what that word means. Adults do it a lot to kids.
What he was saying sounded good, he said Greater Manchester would never support fracking, but what I’ve learnt is that politicians say things and do – not alot. So I wanted him to say her help us and if he did that publicly maybe he would actually stick to his word.
I felt very nervous but mum said it might be my only opportunity to be this close to him ever and speak to him, so I decided to just do it.
I don’t know if he’ll stick to his promise, but I really hope he does because Manchester when it comes to pollution is not what I thought it was.
Over 2000 deaths linked to air pollution in 2018. My oldest sister has asthma, which is getting worse.
And this past month I’ve learnt that Manchester doesn’t count the carbon emmissions from the airport in its figures. Which means they are lieing about their true carbon foot print.
Like I said we can’t give up. We have to keep going. The strike was fantastic . The march was amazing and I brought my mega phone again to chant messages and met new friends and it has helped me see that there are so many that think like me and it’s given me another boost to keep going.
Especially because I’m alright right now, but out there, there are children like me and we can’t stop until there is justice for all.
Activism art by Fabiah Chowdhury. @fabihachowdhury5