The Earth will survive. We might not.

When I was 10 years old, the headlines were filled with warnings of climate catastrophe. I felt fury and fear, and waited for the grown ups to start fixing it. That was 30 years ago. Today, a new generation of children is pointing to the grown ups, their fear and fury magnified by decades of inaction.

When my six-year-old daughter asked me why there was a picture of a girl on the front page of the newspaper, and why did she look so angry, I told her. I told her about fear and fury, about disappointment and failure. I told her that this is why I ran for Council — and that I know it won’t be enough. No single person’s actions will be enough — not even Greta Thunberg’s. But together… well, there’s power when you work together.

I was furious and fearful about this as a child. I still am. But I’m also complicit. We all are. Now, we need to force the change we’ve been waiting, agitating, asking for.

Please join the Global Climate Strike in Waterloo Region on Friday, Sept 27, at the Waterloo Public Square from 11:30am until 2pm. Bring your children. Bring your friends. Push for better. Demand more. Together.