Fridays for Future on Aberdeen campus
Updated: Mar 28
"Stop denying the earth is dying"
by Rory Buccheri
Video courtesy of Rory Buccheri.
Students are gathered in front of the Sir Duncan Rice Library today to protest climate change.
This event is part of the Fridays for Future initiative, a youth movement launched by activist Greta Thunberg in Sweden back in 2018.
This gathering, organised by AU Amnesty International in collaboration with the Secret Garden society, calls for students at the University to get involved and raise their voices against climate change.
"We as students may not have money or means to bring down big corporations, but we have the voice and the power to show up for what we believe in".
The organiser of the protest and part of AU Amnesty International, Nivethitha Mathavan told the Gaudie about the importance of this event: "it is important that students show up for a problem such as climate change, happening not only on a local but on a global scale".
Mathavan highlighted the importance of grassroots change since "big corporations that are ignoring the problem don't profit from system change".
"Students have to take action, even just by gathering on campus to show they are committed and will not ignore the problem."
photo courtesy of Rory Buccheri.
A student participating in the protest commented "we as students may not have money or means to bring down big corporations, but we have the voice and the power to show up for what we believe in".
The attendee expressed how, "even when the climatic events are far away from us geographically, it is our duty to push our government for change".
"It doesn't matter if the UK alone decides to commit to greener alternatives. If other big players around the world don't do the same, nothing will change."
The action is currently taking place on University campus, raising questions on what the University, and Aberdeen City, can and should do to counteract climate change.
AUSA Student President Alisa Koester added: "The University has finally recognised the role they can play in energy transitioning."
She mentioned the University's recent decision to divest from fossil fuels, and how gradually cutting down fossil fuel dependence means creating new wealth in Aberdeen, just in a more eco-sustainable way.
This event is part of a series, taking place during "climate week". The Secret Garden society, one of the co-organisers of the event, has a line-up of events planned that you can find on their Instagram page.
The protest is happening today from 12 until 2pm in front of Sir Duncan Rice Library.