Living & Learning in the Salish Sea

Category: Enhancing My Understanding of the Climate Crisis

Even with a degree in Environmental Studies, I feel my understanding of the Climate Crisis is still superficial. I hope to engage with the topic in a deeper sense and to put that knowledge to good use.

Blog 1: Video Editing

On Friday, September 27th, 2019, I along with many in our cohort joined thousands of others in a Climate Strike that has swept the entire globe. We marched in solidarity with the future health of our home, Mother Earth, at the forefront of our minds. According to Greta Thunberg, the world is losing approximately 200 species every day to extinction. At the same time, people are standing up and holding their governments accountable to their actions, saying enough is enough; it is time for meaningful change.

Here is a video I put together to commemorate the day. I used many of the techniques we practiced in class before heading off to the strike. I slowed many of the clips down and added a sepia tone to all the clips leading up to the march. We had Rich McCue come to speak with us and share with us many useful tips in creating video using iMovie. I chose to incorporate music (Michael Kiwanuka’s Love & Hate) as well as some audio clips from Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN in New York, September, 2019. Enjoy!

Also here is a documentary I found to be particularly inspiring. It shares the stories of the youth-driven grassroots movement that is sweeping across Europe.



Enhancing My Understanding of the Climate Crisis: Following in Greta’s footsteps

This Friday, on September 27th, 2019, at 12pm, a climate strike will occur in front of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as part of a global climate strike inspired by an emerging leader in climate and social justice: Greta Thunberg. The following TED talk highlights her story:

On September 23, 2019, Greta delivered a powerful speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York imploring world leaders to put truth and meaning behind their words by addressing the climate crisis full on.

Backed by over 30 years of hard scientific facts, Greta stated that “we are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all [governments] can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”

The earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to it. It’s time we acknowledge this plain fact and shift our worldview to reflect this. We must divert our attention away from the preservation of the almighty dollar and place it instead on the preservation of Earth’s complex ecosystems that sustain us. We must do this. We must do this now. All future generations are watching us.

With that said, I beg each and every one of us to show up and vote (for us Canadians this comes as soon as Monday, October 21, 2019), and to furthermore hold our governments accountable to their words of promise. For the sake of literally everyone who is alive right now, human and non-human, as well as those who wait in line behind the doors of life, we must push our governments to become better then they set out to be.

On September 27th I will be out in front of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia demanding that we begin to govern with Earth’s best interest at heart. Will you join me?



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