It’s my Birthday and I’ll strike if I want to!

Today I am now 10. I started being interested in Climate issues when i was 9. I have always loved nature, but it was a geography lesson that snowballed into learning about what is happening to the planet. So a year has passed and still no action. Mum gave me the echoice of what i wanted to do on my birthday and I chose to strike – because the planet is more important than me.

And it rained – all day. Only stopping when we finished our strike – but I finally got to use my protest umbrella.

AT first I was a sad to see how few came to the strike yesterday. Its like each month, less and less people have been turning up, but then i looked around and thought it doesn’t matter. We are here and we care. Others might be busy with school, college and work, so we’ll stand for them. And we were still powerful even though we were small on numbers.

So the rain was so bad it got through the protector and the ink ran on my speech but I did it.

And what was even more special was seeing friends I have made through the strikes and Fridays for future on my birthday!

These guys are all legends!

Speech from today – for those who asked who are hard of hearing:

Hello my name is Lillia and I am 10 years old!

Today is my Birthday!!

Its been nearly 6 months since I joined the Fridays for Future group here in Manchester which means I’ve already spent 5% of my life waiting for those in power to make changes to ensure our future.

I’ve seen the first School Strike here in February, and each of the strikes since. Extinction Rebellion Shut down London. And seen dedicated people each week fighting for all of our futures.

To them I say a massive thank you!!

Especially for giving me hope for the future.

I’ve seen The UK become the first country in the world to declare a Climate Emergency, and then set a date to be carbon neutral that their idea of an emergency is a joke!

Manchester’s Mayor come here and spoke saying he would help us to fight for a better future for us children. And then nothing!! It was just words. It made him look good that was it.

I was there when Manchester declared a climate emergency, and then Bury and Salford also declare one and Oldham declare their version of a Green New Deal.

To them I say stop treating us like we are stupid. Your words do not match your actions.

This is supposed to be an EMERGENCY!!

STOP Green washing!!!

We have 5 years to stop us from going over the next tipping point.

STOP making promises you don’t mean!

We need bravery.

We need radical action.

We need big business and government to put climate breakdown as their top priority.

We need councillors and politicians to do their job – to represent the voice of the people.

We are the People!!

We are that voice!!

Every voice here matters!!

Our voices can and WILL make the difference and bring about change. We have to stay strong, Keep shouting! Keep messaging, tweeting! Keep writing your MPs! Keep asking Questions of everything they say and do!

Today I really wanted to just be a kid, open my presents and not have to think about the future which scares me. Instead I’m here with you having to fight and worrying about the problems that lie ahead of us.

Thank you for standing beside me! For making me feel a little more hopeful!

To those in power – in case you don’t know what an emergency means I looked it up for you.
An Emergency: a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.

Stop putting greed and money before all of our lives and Act!!

Thank you!

Spring growing

The gardening hub has really started to grow. The unseasonable weather – hello climate change – has helped everything flourish but there has been a lot of unseasonable growing. Bulbs popping through and blooming earlier. And insects. There are so little of them, at the hub but also on my nature works. I’ve not seen any caterpillars where we usually do.

Most people I watch and celebrating the sun, but if you watch and listen to the earth hard enough you can see they are signs.

Purple Brocolli needed harvesting.

It was hard work. The roots were long and took alot if tugging to get out.

I brought home some Purple Broccolli and the flowers too as they are so pretty. And we harvested some rainbow chard.

Peas growing nicely.

Chives..I love the flowers.

The bulbs have died off in our guerrilla gardening section. We did do a little weeding but left lots along the canal fence for insects etc. We planted flowers for Bee’s.

Cumcumber seed planting.

Plotting the seed planting.

The weather keeps changing do much that we still water from the water butts whilst it’s raining, because when the sun comes back out again the earth dries up.

Its also been nice that some of the friends I made last year are back I also met the last who set up the Hub and started it all when it was just a patch of weeds and hard earth before they get a grant to out in the raised beds. I also learnt she was a labour council, and she said lots of kind words about me protesting and to keep going.

I’m also looking forward to the summer hub fayre on the 6th July. I’m making bracelets to sell and with mum’s help baking too, as we will have a stall and a money will go to the Hub so we can continue. I’m also going to make leaflets about the environment and climate change and hands those out too.

‘The world is dying’: youngsters strive for green future

Big thank you to Kel Nguyen for spreading awareness. I enjoyed being interviewed last week at the Fridays for Future protest in Manchester. You can see my interview below and read about our climate concerns and why we are protesting in Manchester.

Full post with all interviews.

Video by: Kel Nguyen

Climate Strike Number 3: Fridays for Future week 13.

I felt so happy yesterday for the support that was shown during the strike, and at how many people attended, especially because it was the half term holidays. This was my 13th week of protest and it has only made me more determined to keep going, and keep striking.

I was shy at first when we first arrived because I don’t do well in new situations, I get very nervous and a little anxious. So I sat near to where the youth speakers were and breathed deeply before I asked them if I could sing.

Although I was nervous, if you want to speak out at a strike, do a speech, poem, sing etc – don’t let fear stop you. Just do it. People need to hear what you have to say too. It is what YOU feel is important, and it matters!

I was nervous singing as well as chanting during the march part of the strike.

At first when I started chanting no one joined in, but gradually people started to and then we were all chanting together. It made me feel so excited and much more part of the whole strike and really changed the atmosphere. Even people on the streets as we passed clapped, on the street and in their cars. People came out of work/buildings to clap and cheer us on. It made me feel so good to have their support.

We did do a sit down protest too. We blocked off one of the main roads in Manchester for 10 minutes. The older youth strikers had organised this all with the police, so they were there to support us and make sure we stayed safe as we walked through traffic and I thanked them as we walked past and at the end of the strike.

I think this strike was a great success, even though my throat hurt from all the chanting 🙂

The next big strike will be on the 24th May. I will be in Manchester St Peters Square 12- 2pm again. you can find out where your local strike in the UK might be in this link.

There is also a families group that meet before at 11am for those with young children from birth. Rise Up Families Facebook Group!

If you cannot make a strike you can always Tweet your local MP. I Tweet mine every Friday. OR write them a letter. You can do that by using this link which makes it really easy to find out who your local MP is and write to the

I really hope you can make the next strike.

I will be back at the Fridays for Future Protest outside Manchester Town Hall next week as usual.

Joey and Zoe

Say hello to my friends Zoe and Joey.

I was given these 2 sweet pepper plants a few weeks back. Today I repotted them, especially as Zoe (the small plant) wasn’t as big as Joey.

At the moment they are still in the house. I take them outside when it’s been sunny and then bring them back indoors when it gets cooler in the evening.

I’m really hoping they give us some peppers, especially as peppers are one of the vegetables my big brother likes to cook with.

Fridays For Future

Out in Manchester again today encouraging adults to support young people at next weeks national climate strike on April 12th.
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