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Winter is not coming, but we are!
Notice of office closure:
Your Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) office will be closed Friday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as staff join the Global Climate Strike [external link] in Waterloo Town Square.
Totally inconvenient, right? We know... and while we are actually sorry for the inconvenience, we believe there's a bigger one we all need to be paying attention to. The evidence for rapid climate change is compelling:
- Rising temperatures
- Rising sea levels
- More droughts and heat waves
- Stronger and more intense hurricanes
- Arctic becoming ICE-FREE...WHAT!?
The list really does go on. We encourage you to read more if you're interested and join the strike if you're able. For more on why we're prioritizing this initiative, check out the below.
So, what exactly is the Climate Strike?
The Climate Strike is a global youth movement to force everyone (politicians, parents, and everyone else) to recognize climate change for what it is - a worldwide emergency. There have been over 2,500 stikes organized in over 163 countries across all seven continents. The exact number of participants is unknown, but is easily in the millions. Those participating are calling on - and calling out - decision-makers and leaders to take immediate action to avoid a complete planetary breakdown. The mass strike is intended to disrupt 'business as usual' and bring attention to this issue.
Why is WUSA participating?
WUSA is invested in the well-being of current and future generations of students. We're students too, and we believe it's time for the world to take this very real issue seriously. Youth have a powerful, collective voice and are more engaged than ever on the issues affecting our future well-being; not only do we want to support that voice, we want to amplify it. WUSA believes in enhancing the quality of life for students by promoting, among other things, an environmentally conscious campus (Policy 25, Sustainability). We believe this is an important step to living out that commitment.
How you can take action...
You can join us! The Global Climate Strike is Friday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Waterloo Town Square. You're welcome to meet up with other students, staff, and faculty to walk over together. Meet us in the Arts Quad at 10 a.m.
If you're unable to make it, we urge you to take up an initiative of your own. This can include writing letters to your MPPs [external link], members of Parliament [external link], looking into and supporting sustainability[external link], and voting with your wallet! One hundred companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. This means that now more than ever, we need to be taking action. It's not enough anymore to recycle, take public transit, or use energy saving light bulbs. If we want this planet to survive we need to get large corporations on board with this movement. Come strike with us!
You can find more information at www.climatestrikewr.ca [external link].