On Friday the 24th of September, a climate strike protest is set to commence in Whitehaven on Lowther Street from 12 till 4 PM.
The protest is youth-led and organized and is part of the #FridaysForFuture movement.
The movement emerged in 2018 after Greta Thunberg alongside other young activists protested to Swedish parliament regarding the lack of action in the face of the climate crisis.
The youngsters, including Greta, did this for 3 weeks every day, during school time, and as a result, went viral across the internet.
Organizer of Whitehaven’s peaceful Climate Strike Protest, Grace Holden-Cook, said,
‘FridayForFuture is doing a worldwide Climate Strike and I realized there were no protests in Cumbria so instead of just being disappointed and waiting for someone to organize one I thought, why not me?’
Grace also took some inspiration from Greta Thunberg in her organization of the protest,
‘I took inspiration from Greta and all the other activists that just went for it when no one else did.’
Additionally, she noted why seeing protests and similar events take place in Cumbria is important to her,
‘I love having an outlet for all the passion and emotions that come with living in a climate emergency, other people need to have a chance to be a part of something bigger, especially in such a small corner of the world and I want to give them that opportunity.’
You can find out more about the protest here.
Bringing along signs or just your own voice is encouraged.