On Friday 15 March 2019, which also happened to be the last day of the school term, students all across Cape Town took to the streets outside Parliament to protest the lack of climate change and global warming awareness within the governmental systems of South Africa.
The march was inspired by Greta Thunberg who is a young Swedish political activist seeking to stop global warming and climate change. The protest was a global movement that encouraged students to not go to school and instead protest outside their respective parliaments. This was intended to evoke immediate attention from governments and the press, in order to create urgent awareness around the issue of climate change.
Learners from many different schools shared in this thrilling experience:
“This experience gave me hope about the current state of the environment and how we can make it better”
– an anonymous Westerfordian.
“It was an amazing experience to see how many people turned up and how people care especially with the media coverage. This is good because we will get a lot of attention.”
-an anonymous protester.
“I really loved coming to the protest. It was really inspirational and I can’t wait to do it again. I have also organized a protest within my school, and it was really amazing. I loved it.”
– a Springfield learner.
Article: Thami Giyose & Roxanne Comyn