We Need To Be Heard!

I want to say thank you to Mothers of Invention for giving me the opportunity to have my voice heard alongside so many fantastic Black and brown activists and leaders in the UK.

We need To Be heard Article

BAME activists have been in the environmental and climate movement in the UK for decades but we very rarely see them. When I began to becone interested in the envirinment and nature in 2018 I reasearch but found no information on BAME  activists here in the UK. They are just not given platforms even though they are working in every area of Environmental and climate justice  from community projects to law making. They’re just not visable.

I am so proud that I was asked to be included as 1 of 100 UK BAME experts & community activists addressing the climate crisis as part of the project Climate Reframe: Amplifying BAME voices in the Environmental Movement.

It’s an honour as the youngest to be included. It also lets me see the possibilities of my future.

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!!!

 

 

 

GMPF Divest!

As Part of the Northern Rebellion I took part in an action on Monday 2nd September with Rising Up Families Manchester a part of XR Families.

We went to Greater Manchester Pension Fund.  From September 2019 they have £1.4  Billion invested in fossil fuel industries. We delivered handmade cards and poems asking them to think about our futures, and the future of the planet.  To invest in industries which help not harm it.

When we got there there were PCSO’s and police and they locked the building so we couldn’t deliver our cards. Which was so disappointing, especially that we were told that the Councillor Brenda Warrington, who is the chair of Greater Manchester Pension Fund, would be given all of our cards and poems, but as usual we are still waiting.

I am kind of getting used to be told that, and i know it is so we will just go away and give up – but that’s not going to happen.

I wrote a poem which I did get to read to one of their representatives  – Tameside Council’s Integrated Neighbourhood Services Manager, Kevin Garside( actually a liaison with the police they have) and I shared it on twitter and our group tagged The pension fund, and councillor but still nothing.

I got the idea from a few poems I have read recently that used repetition and I really like how they flowed.

 

Transcript  – please ignore spelling as I have typed the poem to make it easier to remember how to perform it.

 

Fossil fuels, oh fossil fuels, where did you go?

I’m in the air,

Can’t you see me?

I’m flying to and fro!

Invisible to see.

But when the children cough and choke, just now that it is me!

 

Fossil fuels, oh fossil fuels, where did you go?

I’m in the sea now changing the PH as I go!

The coral reefs turn white and die.

The colourful life that once was there, now vanished for none to see!

Black and sticky I ooze out of pipes, and escape into the seas!

Birds and fish weighed down and drowned –

– And yes! That too is me!

 

Fossil fuels, oh fossil fuels, where did you go?

I’m taking a summer holiday in the arctic, melting the ice and snow!

The sea levels rise.

The polar bears starve!

– and they’re heading to extinction because man kind rely on their cars!

 

The Amazon is burning!

The Arctic and Congo too.

Earths lungs are dying.

The Earth is SCREAMING out to you!!!

 

I’m getting kind of tired now.

There’s not much of me left!

It’s time to pass the baton to the sustainable future ahead.

I’ve caused so much trouble, but it’s really not my fault!

It’s humans not taking heed to the signs, and instead focus on there geed and want!

 

Will YOU break the cycle that’s killing mother earth?

 

Will YOU join the children and stop the hand turn?

 

We are running out of time!!!

 

We dearly need your help!

 

Will you join us?

 

will you awaken?

 

will you brave another path?

 

The children we are rising.

A force for all to see!

 

Come, join us on this journey.

Turn away from misery!

You can see the full poem HERE

It was good that we got a little publicity HERE and HERE as it helps for those that work for the council where and how their money is being invested and also shines a light on how fossil fuels are still being used because our councils, governments and, businesses have interest in them which they don’t have to as there are other safer, greener options out there.

 

It was also fantastic when the public stopped to see what we were doing and were really supportive. A woman even stopped, even though she had difficulty and said that if she could she would  have demonstrated with us and gave us encouragement to keep going. Which meant so much.

 

(updated Sept 19th)

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