Carnival Of Creatures!

I took part in the Carnival of Creatures yesterday organised by my friends at Rising up Families MCR

We were protesting Climate Breakdown and Animal Extinction. Usually people think about animal extinction and they think or Tigers and Rhino’s. they don’t think about the insects and animals here in the UK.
They are just as important to our ecosystems. We have to look after them.
So different to the strikes, but so wonderful to be apart of it. To see so many people of all ages, especially children because we care about animals and the planet and we know that they are hurting and dieing and we don’t want that.

We dressed up as animals in danger of extinction. I went as a turtle and wore a crown I made from plastics that represent the plastics in the sea and oceans that are damaging ocean life. ( I took other people’s plastics as we use very little to no single use plastic.)

It was fun, but more importantly there were lots of people watching, asking about what we were doing – so it did raise awareness which is the main thing.

Why we marched!

My friend Dennis helping to Marshall and keep us safe.

The wishing tree was so beautiful, people of ages wrote what they wished for the planet and hung it on the tree. 💚

By the end I morphed into a butterfly.

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.

Spring…

The weather has been a bit crazy. (Thanks climate change 😔) but the bulbs I helped plant at the gardening hub have started to open.

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They’ve really helped the little patch of land look more presentable. But we have left wildflowers and planted wild garlic too so that insects,  butterfly’s and bee’s have food sources.

A random bulb popped up to. We have no idea what it is so my mum name it Audrey II.

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Going to keep and eye in this one!

Last week we also started our first crop of potatoes.

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This week we manured the beds and popped pots on top of the rhubarb to force grow it.

 

 

 

Global Climate Strike Speech 15th March 2019

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!

My Climate Strike Speech 15 February 2019

Hello. I’m Lillia and I’m 9 years old.

In 12 years I will be 21.

Scientists have given us 12 years to limit climate change before there is nothing we can really do.

I have hopes and dreams for 21 year old Lillia that may only be just that – dreams!

Especially if adults and politicians that run our country don’t listen to our voices for change and the voices of scientists around the world.

This shouldn’t be our responsibility. It is unfair that we have to face the consequences of what others have done. If the adults who are supposed to be responsible are not listening, then we have to make them responsible.

Out of the 195 countries in the world, the UK ranks 41st for its Carbon footprint. This may seem OK to some but it’s not good enough. Not when the Planet is in danger and going through the process of the 6th extinction.

Overpopulation and over consumption are heading us towards another great dying. Because people cannot see it affecting humans yet, it doesn’t mean it’ss not happening. The rapid extinction of insects and animals is a warning sign that will eventually catch up to us.

This is preventable, because we are the cause.

Humans are the cause!

It is our want and need and greed that is causing this.

The UK Government has set out a 25 year Environmental plan, And that’s just it – a plan!

A plan without any real action! And it is action that we need to stop climate change.

25 years is a long way off. We need things to move quicker. And with no laws being changed so this plan can work, how do we know if this plan will be put into action? This is not reassuring! You only have to look at Theresa May’s Brexit plan to see how good her so called “plans” are.

There needs to be more solutions than just banning plastic straws. It’s only a small drop in the ocean that is the problem we have now.

Some people think its too late to save the earth. Scientists across the world say we have 12 years to get this right. The technology is there. The solution’s are there. Brilliant minds across the world have been working on this for decades. And what they have said has been ignored.

It cannot be ignored any longer!

Yes it is expensive but we cannot put a price on our planet. We have to save the world and we have to save ourselves.

And if it takes us children to protest and strike to get our voices heard for our future and the children that come after us – Then we must – we have to – because it is our future that is in danger.

Some people have lost hope, or simply do not want to face the reality we are in. But we must because there is no other planet. We only have one earth and we are killing it.

We need action on air pollution- Now!

We need action on fracking- Now!

We need action on the destruction of woodlands and natural habitats-Now!

Not in 25 years, not in 20 years. Not in 10 or even 5 years – but now!!!!

The world’s depending on it!!

Thank you