School students in Shillong will stage a protest march as part of a campaign against climate change on September 27.
The students will place a demand from the Conrad Sangma-led government in Meghalaya to take measures to protect the environment in the state.
The school-going students will take part in the rally being organized under the banner of Friday’s for Future, a movement started by Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg in Sweden.
Thunberg, at the age 15, began protesting about the need for immediate action to combat climate change outside the Swedish parliament, and has since become an outspoken climate activist.
The Friday’s for Future in Shillong was started by six school going students – Joel Blah Kyndiah, Justin Rangad, Pratham Gurung, Bryan Warjri, Anthea Jana, and Da-e-Mitre Pariat.
The first rally against climate change was organized in Shillong by Friday’s for Future on May 24 this year. The youth also submitted a memorandum to the state government through the Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong.
Stating that climate change is real and it has affected people across the globe, including Meghalaya, Joel regretted as people in Shillong are yet to realize the impact of climate change and the government has not responded to the memorandum submitted by Friday’s for Future.
“The state government has not responded to the suggestions given by Friday’s for Future, Shillong. We fail to understand why the government did not listen to a bunch of school students who are really concerned for our future,” he said.