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Climate strike rally to flag strath fears

By Philip Murray

The climate strikes have grown into a global movement after teen Greta Thunberg began protesting outside the Swedish parliament last summer.
The climate strikes have grown into a global movement after teen Greta Thunberg began protesting outside the Swedish parliament last summer.

CLIMATE change crisis fears will be reflected in the strath when worried locals add their voices to a global strike tomorrow.

The latest Global Climate Strike will see people around the world down tools and lend their support to calls for urgent action to tackle human-made climate change.

And Aviemore will be joining the campaign by hosting a rally of its own.

A creative banner-making drop-in workshop will take place at The Hub from 9.30am to 11.30am, where people will be able to produce a banner, large or small.

The activists will then leave The Hub at 11.30am and walk around Aviemore for a mini-rally and big group photo until around 12.30pm.

Organisers have called on people to show their support. And, if they can only join the rally for a short time, people can meet at the Hub at 11.30am for the protest walk.

Participants are also being encouraged to bring musical instruments or anything else that might make a noise.

"Our suggested theme for banners is 'For the love of...' – what do you love about this world which is the reason why you're calling on politicians to protect it from climate breakdown," said Rachel Avery, who is one of the Aviemore event organisers.

"Is it your family, animals in danger of extinction, or the peaceful feeling of being out in nature? We'll have paint, brushes and other banner materials at the Hub, but please feel free to bring materials with you if you have some – particularly cardboard to make your banner.

"And if you can't join us for the banner making session you could always make one at home and bring it with you, on any relevant theme."

Aviemore Primary School parents will be among those expected to take part.

The climate strike is one of countless other protests being held by Scottish businesses, charities and other groups as part of the global day of protest – and includes a rally in Inverness at the Spectrum Centre and Falcon Square at 11am.

Major marches are also planned in Edinburgh and Glasgow with further rallies at the Skye Bridge and in Fort William, Oban and Aberdeen, among others.

The protests could be the largest climate mobilisation in Scotland's history. Millions more people are expected to take part in events around the world.

Gus Jones, convener of Badenoch and Strathspey Conservation Group, will be among those participating in the climate demonstration. He said: "We are supporting the strikes because the dual climate and biodiversity crisis demands urgent action from everybody concerned with the future of life on earth."

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