From Hanno Pinder, Unitarian Church of Vancouver member
As you know, I live fairly close to U-Hill Elementary School (located on Chancellor Boulevard), and was invited a couple of weeks ago to walk with the Children of their Nature Club in Pacific Spirit Park.
The club was very well organized, the children were very knowledgeable (ranging from grade 1 to grade 5), and the leader Jen Capell McCutcheon was delightful. I am invited to attend all their future Nature walks, which I will do whenever possible.
Now Jen, who is the president of the parent association of the school, has asked me for support with their plans for May 24th which is Climate Action Day world wide, inspired by Greta Thunberg. All the children from U-Hill Elementary School will walk with posters, noisemakers or instruments in a protest demonstration. They will walk from the school up to the Village on University Boulevard then on past the Book Store to Main Mall and walk down Main Mall. Jen has asked me to help her find as many adults as possible to join and walk with the children to show their support.
The children will stop their classes at noon and are expected to start marching at 12.15.
I am now asking you to come and support U-Hill Elementary School and their children.
We all know the catastrophic situation we are in by now, and I personally am happy that with this event I can demonstrate my willingness to accept the drastic changes that are required if we want to prevent the worst. As always: The people have to convince their governments, so they will finally do the right thing.
I hope to see many of you on the 24th at noon at the School on Chancellor Boulevard.
Also, if you can, spread the word and bring more friends or neighbours, and let me know that you are coming.
Jen is suggesting that if possible we should wear black, to symbolize the pollution which is ubiquitous.
Until then, Hanno (UCV member)
P.S. Jen is working to involve Norma Rose Point School and U-HillSecondary School as well.