There is no Planet B!!!

The Peoples History Museum here in Manchester asked me to do a guest blog post abut my activism, protest and the environment. They wanted to hear the voice of a youth activist to tie in with an event they are holding at the museum.

I’m really proud of this blog post because it takes me a long time to get my thoughts down on paper, and I have to keep going over what I have written to make sure it makes sense. And I do get frustrated because sometimes my thoughts run faster than my fingers.

I hope you like reading it.

There is no planet B!!!

 

 

 

This is for all of us who are trying to create change!

I was featured in National Geographic kids magazine “hero of the month”.

I’m not a hero, I just have support to help me do what I do. Some kids can’t strike but do so much in their lives to make a difference.

That’s what a hero is, doing what needs to be done when no one’s watching.
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💚✊🏼 Don’t give up! .

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!

Global Climate Strike. 24th May 2019.

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

I’m angry!

The British Government declared a Climate Emergency. The First to do it. But they’re still not acting like it is one.

Then they issued a report with all these changes to Carbon emissions etc with for 2050.

2050!!!

What is wrong with them?

We have just over 10 years until tipping point.

They’re not getting it.

We can’t give up!

‘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.

Interview with Manchester Climate Monthly.

I did an interview with Manchester Climate Monthly. The first question had me thinking about how long I had been striking and was surprised to see that today is my 13th week and my 3rd big strike.

Here’s a part of my answer to the first question.

Which of the strikes have you been on? What was your favourite thing about them?

I have been on the National strike in February and the Global Strike in March and am going to the strike tomorrow on the 12th of April.
And from the beginning of February, I’ve been going to Fridays for Future protests outside the town hall every week. I hand out leaflets and talk to people about climate change and ask them to come along to strikes and help support us to show that people are worried about climate change and our future.

You can read the rest of the interview here: Interview with Manchester Climate Monthly! 

I really liked this interview as I could think about the answers and I wasn’t rushed, which can sometimes make me very anxious.

Fridays For Future

Out in Manchester again today encouraging adults to support young people at next weeks national climate strike on April 12th.
Friday 5 minute action take a selfie, hashtag #climatestrike you don’t have to be at a strike to do this – tag your MP…. ask your MP what they’re doing about the issue as plans so far won’t tackle the climate crisis we are in. 🌿Lil’s World Blog in bio 🌿
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