Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate (BYS4C) is hosting a Climate Justice Day.
The event, on Thursday August 12, comes just three days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Sixth Assessment Report which gave a blunt warning that the world is facing catastrophic climate change unless immediate and radical action is taken.
BYS4C activist Isabel Leach said: “Having a year of[f] protests has left many feeling hopeless and disenfranchised. By hosting the Climate Justice Day along with some incredible guests, we are looking to inspire action whilst maintaining safety. We hope to hold strikes in the near future and see this event as a stepping stone for many to join us.”
Climate Justice Day brings together diverse groups taking action on climate change for an afternoon of “collaborative learning.” Guests include African Voices Forum, Bristol Disability Equality Forum (BDEF), WTF WWF and Your Park, who are custodians of the wildflower meadows on College Green.
As well as workshops and talks, Climate Justice Day, to be held at The Station on Bridewell Street, will feature a screening of a new short film from BDEF, whose Community Climate Action project aims to support disabled people to lower their carbon emissions whilst ensuring Bristol’s climate plans are fair and inclusive.
Emma Geen, Projects’ Coordinator at BDEF, said: “At times climate action has been taken at the expense of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Yet as society adapts to the challenge that faces us we have the chance to create a world that is better for everyone.
‘It’s important that groups come together in events like this to push for that future together.’
BYS4C have previously organised ten climate strikes in Bristol since February 2019, including when Greta Thunberg visited the city in February 2020. They recently joined protests in Weston-super-Mare against the expansion of Bristol Airport. Climate Justice Day is BYS4C’s first in-person event open to the public since the start of the pandemic.
Tickets can be booked for free via Eventbrite, with donations welcomed.
Feature image: Christy Nunns (http://www.christynunns.co.uk/)