Today was another fantastic day. So much bigger than the last organised strike, and so many people. It was brilliant to see more children like myself getting up to speak and have their voices heard. We Rise!!
Hello I’m Lillia and I’m 9 years old.
Since I spoke here last month we’ve experienced the hottest Winter day on record and if that wasn’t bad enough, that same week Parliament had its first debate in 2 years on climate change.
Out of 650 MP’s only 48 attended to debate. That’s just 7%. I’d fail any test with that percentage. And that’s exactly what our government is doing – Failing us!
They know the climate issue is urgent but they’re not trying to help.
There is a saying that goes “Actions speak louder than words.”
Deeds not words were written proudly across the suffragette banners when they called others to action, because they knew promises and words meant nothing if not backed up by action, and ultimately the changing of the laws to make sure those actions were done.
Manchester and this region has a proud History that has seen many stand up against injustice, and doing what is right. Behind us stands the Pankhurst Statue. Representing how she and Manchester
played important roles in the Suffrage Movement.
The First Trade Union was founded here in Manchester in 1818. People coming together for common goals. Just as we are today. A goal that unites us all and that is to save this planet!
Me, speaking now, and you all stood here are now part of that History – standing up for Climate Justice!
We are in a different century standing up for a different type of injustice. Because the issue of climate change is not an individual issue. It is a political issue – it affects every single person not just in the city of Manchester, or the UK – but in the World! And every future whether it be human or animal depends on a few to make a drastic change.
But they’re still not listening.
They treat us like a fly they want to swat away. Our opinions dismissed. I’ve been told I’m too young to understand. That what we are doing here today is “wasted lesson time”.
Well I say you are wrong!
Theresa May. Stop patronising us!
Mrs May you are already in the middle of trying to rip away opportunities from us by taking us out of Europe. There is NO way we are going to stand idly by and have you take our literal futures too.
So yes we strike, and we will become future scientists and engineers and advocates to help tackle the 6th extinction. We will also become activist’s and future politicians to ensure that politicians like you are not one of the few who hold the future of the world in their hands.
But what now? Because already children like me are dieing across the world in storms, floods, droughts and closer to home – air pollution – poisoning us as I speak.
We cannot wait for my generation to get older to fix what might no longer be fixable. Because if it isn’t fixed now there won’t be a future for children like me. So to my government, I say follow the Paris agreement and the IPCC report. Everything is set out clearly for you. Do your homework and then take immediate action. Because we are not going to go away until you do. We will continue to strike until you do.
I want to end with this quote
“Sometimes a butterfly flaps it’s wings and there is a storm on the other side of the world”
Greta was that butterfly and WE ARE THAT STORM!
EVERY LAST ONE OF US!
IN EVERY CITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WORLD TODAY – WE RISE!!! ……………………………………………….Thank you!