Apart from our co-collaborators School Strike 4 Climate Whanganui-a-Tara , we want to thank the following organisations for their practical support. Without it, organising the march and rally would have much so much harder.
They provided high vis, marshals, road cones, PA gear, megaphones, meeting and storage spaces and more:
Peace Action Wellington
Pōneke Anti-Fascist Coalition
Also, the Police for keeping the marchers safe, and WCC for traffic management advice and support.
Last but not least, the individuals who volunteered with putting up posters, first aid, marshalling, and more!
On Friday 28 January a break-away group from Fridays for Future signed up to the Great Big Waterfront Clean-up (organised by Museum of Wellington and Sustainable Coastlines).
Inorganic rubbish that is not disposed of properly (into a rubbish bag that is taken to the dump) often ends up in our seas, rivers, streams etc, and then either inside bird/fish stomachs or around their necks.
Armed with garden gloves, plus-size rubbish sacks and specially made “Fridays for Future” flaglets, we followed the instruction to go forth and pick up litter.
Earlier groups of rubbish retrievers had already gone ahead and filled their sacks with the big stuff. We got the low-lying junk clinging to bushes and hiding under piles of leaves – bits of polystyrene, cigarette butts galore, bottle caps, chocolate bar wrappers, clingfilm, unidentified bits of hard plastic, and a cute anxiety ring (that I will take home to clean and wear). All that squatting was quite the inner-thigh workout!
In the meantime, our presence on the Parliament Lawn continued as usual…
I will leave you with a photo from the previous Friday, when an impressive family group visiting Wellington for the day joined us to show their support. It is always great to talk to – and pose with – anyone dropping by.