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Climate change and clearcutting on minds of Shelburne students and community members during walkout


Grade 9 students at Shelburne Regional High School were among thousands of students from around the world to mark the international day of School Strike for Climate with a walkout on May 3 to raise awareness of clearcutting and climate change issues and concerns in the community.

The students were joined by a number of residents as they marched from SRHS down King Street to the Shelburne Community Centre, where they chanted Stop the Chop to passers-by, getting lots of toots from motorists.

Social Studies teacher Michelle Grant said it was the students’ idea to do the march as their service learning project where they have to do a service for the community.

“When we talked about the clearcutting plan for the county, they really thought they could do something in regards to that,” she said, adding the whole class contributed to getting everything organized.

It will be up to the students if they do anything further.

“We will do a debrief and talk if there are any ideas for next steps,” said Grant.

School Strike for Climate is an international movement started in 2015. The movement has three main demands: 100 percent clean energy; keeping fossil fuels in the ground and helping climate refugees.

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