by Anne-Marie Dossett, Publishing Tutor
On Friday 28th February, some members of the student council and staff from Ruskin Mill College went on a trip to Bristol to hear Greta Thunberg’s speech and join the Climate Action March. There was a huge crowd of 15,000 – 30,000 people there. Many of them were young people on strike from their school or college.
Two years ago Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg decided to protest outside her parliament in Stockholm about climate change. Greta has been diagnosed with autism and she says that this condition has helped her see outside the box.
Despite raining the whole day, spirits were not dampened. As the crowds arrived they were welcomed with music such as Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. Richard Mace, our wonderful art tutor, was delighted to hear this, as he designed one of their album covers and went on tour with them.
The group from Ruskin Mill travelled to the event by train, along with lots of other young people from the Stroud area. Many people had made their own banners and placards.
“I have never been to such a huge event before and I was amazed at how many young people were there to put the politicians straight and stand up for what they believe. It felt exhilarating to be on the march, as if I was part of the environment myself” said Student Council member Patrick.
“I was so close to handing my Power of Nature poem to Greta but because of the crowds I could not reach her. Instead I have sent it to her publisher, Penguin, and I hope they will pass it on to her.”
“I was really surprised at how many young people were there and some of them were not with parents or carers. I felt really happy being there as lots of young people want to save the planet.” said Lewis, another member of the Student Council who is taking a qualification in environmental issues.
Greta Thunberg arrived in Bristol by train and was driven to the climate strike in an electric car. Paul Lear, our Ruskin Mill ELC, was at Temple Meads Station and was very excited to see her arrive.
Funds have also been raised since the march to help the grass recover, and the extra money that was given to the council will be spent on wild flower areas across the city to encourage bees and other pollinators.
Overall, it was an inspirational and exhilarating day, despite the weather.