Students hold climate change picket in downtown Yellowknife

Climate change warriors Nina, left, Alice, Bea, Neze and Talia protest in front of the Yellowknife Post Office on Friday (John McFadden/CKLB photo)

A relatively small but enthusiastic group of environmentally-conscious students held an information picket on Friday in downtown Yellowknife.

The youngsters set up in front of the Post Office and were encouraging passing motorists to honk their horns if they believe climate change is real.

They were also pushing their message by engaging with pedestrians who took the time to stop and chat about a host of environmental issues.

Ella Cokelj, 16, was one of the main organizers.

“We’re here to support action on climate change. It’s a movement that originated in Sweden when a young lady held a strike in front of her parliament. She was protesting a lack of action on climate change and encouraging more initiatives to take place, Ella said. “It has since turned into an international movement. We’re super excited and proud to join the cause here in Yellowknife.”

Ella added that the message to adults is to be conscious of the world they will eventually leave behind and for them to try their best to preserve the planet for future generations.

There were adults involved in the protest as well including some of the youngsters’ parents, officials from Ecology North and Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly.

They stressed however that the event was a youth-driven initiative and was organized with next to no input from adults.

Scientists have said that there is no doubt that climate change is real, the earth is heating up and the effects of climate change are the most dramatic here in the North.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.