This is a guest blog post by CYH workshop participant, Sophie Harrison.
Sit back and relax all summer? Nope! This summer, three Vancouver-area high school environmental groups have come together to organize the Ride for Our Future 2012.
On Saturday, August 25th British Columbians will be pedaling for provincial action on climate change. The Ride for Our Future is a youth-organized bike ride for concerned citizens of all ages from the Scott Road skytrain station in Surrey to the Legislative Buildings in Victoria. Our team of cyclists will be biking with thousands of petitions signatures to deliver and with letters of support from prominent local NGOs.
It’s a bike ride to say no to more pipelines and supertankers, and yes to a more sustainable future for BC. We’re getting politically engaged – we don’t want a future of oil spills and climate change. Many of the organizers are not old enough to vote yet, but we have been tirelessly spending their summers on street corners talking to strangers about climate change and organizing an event to show the public how much these issues matter to BC’s young people.
We’d love your support. Join us on the Ride, or at the Legislature for the petition delivery; you can find all the information on our website at http://rideforourfuture.ca/. And if we can’t have you with us in person, spread the word to your networks and stay in touch!
The Ride for Our Future is organized by the following groups:
Kids for Climate Action
K4CA is a Vancouver-based youth group dedicated to raising awareness of the need to act on climate change at both an individual and government level. They’re known for their climate change themed flash mobs, canvassing and letter-writing campaigns, for last years Ride for Our Future, and for their continued work bringing the youth voice to the climate debate.
Youth for Climate Justice Now
Y4CJN is the celebrated organizer of Vancouver annual Earth Day Parade – a celebration that brings together hundreds of passionate individuals and this year delivered a ten thousand-signature petition against the proposed pipelines to the House of Commons. The group of Windermere students involved also organizes the annual Climate Change Conference, educating and inspiring BC high school students.
Get It Done
Get It Done is a group of students brought together this year to organize the first annual Viridis – Day of Green. The goal is to use the colour green as a unifying visual to show the widespread desire for climate action across all levels of society. There is no time to waste in addressing climate change, and they believe that the time is now to “Get It Done!”
Sophie is an athlete, thesbian, bookworm and passionate young environmentalist. She founded Kids for Climate Action in 2010. Sophie recently graduated from Prince of Wales Secondary School in Vancouver, and is heading to Stanford University in the fall to study Political Science.