Candra Day may be a grandmother, but something rubbed her the wrong way about letting the burden of climate change activism rest squarely on the shoulders of her grandchildren’s generation.
So when she heard about the Global Climate Strike movement, in which people will be mobilizing across the world from Friday to Sept. 27 to speak out about climate change, she decided she wanted to get involved.
Day joined forces with Sandy Shuptrine to organize a demonstration and rally to mobilize the Jackson community to get involved.
They’ll be gathering along with other supporters from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Town Square on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Cache Street.
“Many of us are really concerned about the state of the climate and global warming and there’s lots of evidence of a serious and urgent situation,” Day said.
Day said she found herself particularly inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has made headlines around the world and spearheaded the Fridays for the Future school strike movement.
“She began to do those school strikes and then it spread around the world,” Day said. “She was very persistent and she’s very eloquent.
“I’m a grandmother myself and we shouldn’t just have the kids have to carry this heavy task by themselves, so I began to look at various ways in which grandmas could participate.”
Beyond showing support for the youth-led movement, Day wants to emphasize the potential local impact of climate change.
“I hope that we can begin a more local conversation about what we can do because right here in Jackson we have really important natural resources that are being profoundly affected by climate change,” she said.
Day said she hopes that the rally will demonstrate that the Jackson community is engaged in the issue of climate change. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs to show support.