What We've Been Up To
Happy July! June was a crazy month for Fridays For Future Calgary. We participated in the June 4th global day of action calling on world governments to halt Reconnaissance Africa’s exploration and drilling for oil in the Okavango Delta and Kavango basin, located in Namibia and Botswana. There were a ton of events worldwide, including an art build and zap that was hosted by Climate Strike Canada! Check out our digital strike!
Last Friday, July 2nd, we tried to hold a rally outside City Hall in solidarity with land defenders at the Fairy Creek Blockade, but unfortunately, it got cut short due to the crazy thunderstorm. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful gathering of folks who came out in support. We’ve rescheduled the event for tomorrow, at 6 pm, more information further on in the email!
We also attended many events hosted by other groups, such as Calgary’s Future’s youth summit on June 24th to 26th, and multiple vigils and marches on July 1st to mourn the Indigenous children who suffered and died in residential ‘schools’ and the effects that Indigenous communities are still feeling today.
Our biggest focus has been election organizing. In anticipation of the municipal election this fall, we’ve been meeting with city council and mayoral candidates, asking them a series of questions about how they will address issues that matter to youth in the city. We’ve done 29 interviews so far! We plan to share candidate’s general views on these topics with our followers, along with some endorsements.