September 27, 2019

Mini-Musings: The Global Climate Strike Inspires McGillis Students to Take Action

Interview by Annette Accarrino 

Inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, Clare, a McGillis School 8th grader, embraces Tikkun Olam by confronting the climate crisis. Here's what we learned from Clare as she rallies her peers to take action in repairing the world:

 

TMS: How is climate change affecting your daily life?

Clare: First and foremost, it is affecting the air I breathe and therefore my health. Even if they aren't aware, climate change affects people's lives.

 

TMS: How have McGillis students participated in the Global Climate Strike?

Clare: Our first action of hopefully many more, was on Friday, September 20th. However, many students have been participating in out-of-school events for quite some time.

 

TMS: What inspired you to organize McGillis students to participate in the Global Climate Strike?

Clare: Greta Thunberg brought it to my attention, but it suddenly just hit me how stupid it is that some days we can't go outside because it isn't safe to breathe, and no one is doing anything.

 

TMS: What solutions do you want to see come out of the Global Climate Strike and UN climate events this month?

Clare: An acknowledgment that there is a problem, and a concrete plan of action.

 

TMS: What actions are McGillis students taking to create change?

Clare: Something that I have noticed is that more students than ever have been bringing in and using reusable water bottles. I’ve been trying to eat less meat and buy local.

 

TMS: Are there local organizations that you've engaged to help activate change?

Clare: Yes, I have been connecting with some people at the organization Heal Utah, which advocates for cleaner air. My family supports a group called Protect Our Winters, which is a climate advocacy group that focuses on snowsports and the revenue they bring in for Utah.

 

TMS: Do you have plans for National Walk to School Day on October 2nd?

Clare: I am fortunate that I can walk to school every day, but I am hoping to encourage some friends to walk with me.

 

TMS: How do the values taught at McGillis compel you to create the world we seek to live in?

Clare: Well, Tikkun Olam summarizes what I want to happen in the long run. I know it won’t be easy, but hopefully, we can make it happen

 

TMS: How does Tikkun Olam / Repairing the World support your efforts in raising awareness and taking action in our community in pushing for solutions to the climate crisis?

Clare: We’ve done a lot of damage by focusing on the wrong priorities, and we need to focus on healing the world before anything else.

 

TMS: How can McGillis help create awareness of your efforts to repair the world?

Clare: I think that it would be very valuable to inform the community about the climate crisis. A lot of people are unaware of the effects their actions are having on the earth.

 

TMS: How can McGillis help create awareness of your efforts to repair the world?

Clare: I think that it would be very valuable to inform the community about the climate crisis. A lot of people are unaware of the effects their actions are having on the earth. I am working with my history teacher Ms. Mallory; she is helping reach out to our local senators. As for the School, I am hoping to have them consider some of the ideas that students came up with during the walkout, such as driving to fewer places or replacing regular milk with a milk alternative.

 

How can we take action in supporting Generation GND (Green New Deal) in repairing the world?