Alexandra pupils are hoping their small steps will result in big changes when they visit the Central Otago District Council tomorrow.
The School Strike 4 Climate Change initiative, taking place nationwide, has gained the support of children from far and wide, including St Gerard’s School pupils Lydia Sanders and Caitlin Shea.
The girls are among those planning to march to the council offices from The Terrace School after their technology studies class, with the aim of encouraging the council to make changes to benefit the environment.
“We are doing the strike on Friday .. for a better climate,” Caitlin said.
Alexandra-based climate scientist Greg Bodeker has passed on some of his knowledge and advice to the girls ahead of the strike, advising them to think about what they would like the council to change for the benefit of the community.
“What can be done in our area, in Alexandra, to help with this problem? [We could] make it safer for kids to ride their bike to school, or to walk. That’s what you need to be thinking about – what can be done in Alexandra to reduce greenhouse emissions.”
He said more bike lanes could make the option of cycling a safer one for people to make, instead of taking their car to the supermarket, school or work.
More bike racks around town could also help, so people could keep their bike safe while shopping, and reduced speed limits could help make people feel safer while walking or cycling.
Lydia and Caitlin welcomed his ideas.