On September 25th in Stratford, a climate shoe strike was held in front of City Hall. Organized by a youth-led intergenerational team of volunteers from the Climate Strike Stratford and Climate Momentum networks, the shoe strike was a COVID-safe way to host a public event to mark the Fridays For Future global day of climate action.
Lots of people dropped with their shoes! The shoes took their place in a “rally” for urgent climate action and a green and just recovery from the pandemic. By late afternoon, there were 135 pairs of shoes – plus notes, signs, chalk messages, and art work.
With this shoe strike action, we joined others in over 60 Canadian communities and 3,200 locations around the world.
Youth have inspired the Fridays For Future movement, but we all must do our part. It’s a complex problem with solutions we can start now if we have the will to implement them. If you haven’t already, take a couple of minutes to message our local elected representatives and the Prime Minister and tell them you want ambitious climate action. (Here’s an easy link for the email addresses.) #UniteBehindTheScience
Scroll through all the images in the photo galleries below! And check out @ClimateStrikeStratford on Instagram and @ClimateMomentum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Video by Serena Müller, SSES Student
Shoe Strike Site, Participants, and Artwork
Signs, Messages, Notes, and Names
(Including many shoes with notes from Nancy Campbell Academy students, some here and some currently abroad)