St Nicks is joining the call for adults to support youth climate strikers in a global day of action on 20th September. While our day job is assisting individuals and organisations in adopting more sustainable practices, we feel the need to also advocate collective action. Climate change and environmental degradation are playing out on a small scale in our nature reserve – from a shift in wildlife species caused by warming temperatures to plastic litter getting woven into bird nests. We know that the bigger picture is much worse, affecting millions of lives and green spaces around the world.
On 20th September the task is to make it clear to local, UK and international politicians just how much we all care. We desperately need to start running our cities and countries differently, making the climate and ecological emergency the starting point for all decisions. After all, there is no planet B and all that we hold dear is at stake. Our very lives depend on how quickly we address the crisis as a community. The UK government has committed to going carbon neutral but so far we fear that not enough has been done to achieve that.
As Greta Thunberg and youth activists from the international school strike movement say: “This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job… Let’s all join together, with your neighbours, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.”
We urge you to support the strike in whatever way you can, be it by joining us on the streets of York or talking to people in your workplace about why this is so important. St Nicks will be delivering its low carbon recycling service and opening the Environment Centre doors as usual until 2 pm, because we think it would be counterproductive not to, and we will have a presence at St Helen’s Square – see the event details here.
We have a chance to deliver a clear message for climate justice just 3 days before the UN emergency climate summit – will you help us deliver it?