The Youngest Climate Marchers

Kids all over the world have to pay for mistakes we didn’t even make. This is our future, we’re the elders, we’re the next leaders. This is our future.” – Autumn Peltier, the Water Warrior (Indigenous teen activist)

We prepared for our second climate march to join people around the world advocating for our planet on 12/6/19.

For the family share, we invited children to find the poster they had made for the September Climate March and to add one marine animal to their poster of critters they’d like to protect.

Before children arrived to play, we added small pieces of plastic bags to the sensory table where marine animals had been swimming the day before. Children were curious about the plastic debris. We shared a bit about ocean plastics pollution. Children gathered and removed the plastics, creating cleaner water for the critters to swim again. We continued our conversations about ways to advocate and care for the earth, as we shared parts of “Our House Is On Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call To Save the Planet” by Jeanette Winter. (This beautifully illustrated book relays the heart-wrenching reality of the ongoing devastation of our forests, arctic and oceans that Greta learned about and has then been devoting her days to speaking out against. Given the intensity and severity of the topic, I believe this children’s book deserves serious attention yet careful, monitored use with young ones).

 

We printed and shared photos of children protesting in other parts of the word. 

 

Photos: (Climate strikers hold signs in Tokyo, Japan, near United Nations University on September 20, 2019. Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images) and (Young protesters participate in a rally near the U.S. Capitol as part of the D.C. Climate Strike March to demand action on climate change in Washington, September 20, 2019. Erin Scott/Reuters).

                                

Photo: (School children participate in a demonstration calling for action on climate change on September 20, 2019, in Jakarta, Indonesia.Ed Wray/Getty Images_

HFP children were very interested.

 

                                    

We practiced marching in our classroom before before bringing our signs and voices to public space, marching outside our play yard.

HFP December Climate March from Hawthorne Family Playschool on Vimeo.

A few days later Greta Thunberg was named Time’s person of the year– the magazine’s youngest ever!

Greta Thunberg: It is so incredibly important that we listen to indigenous people, because they are suffering and their rights are being violated across the world. And they are also among the ones who are being hit the most and quickest by the climate and environmental emergency. And also they have been living in balance with nature for hundreds of years, so we have, I think — we need to listen to them, because they have valuable knowledge we need in this crucial time of crisis.

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