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Climate / Shetland to participate in Valentine’s Day climate strike

A sign held aloft at a climate strike in Lerwick in September. Photo: P. Johnson/Shetland News

ANOTHER climate strike is taking place in Lerwick to encourage people to come together to discuss what actions the community can take on the issue.

The event will take place at the Market Cross on Friday 14 February from 12.30pm to 2pm.

It will be the third climate ‘strike’ held locally, with the first featuring school pupils last year and the second involving adults as well.

The latest strike is part of the Show The Love campaign, which started in 2015.

The campaign is backed by over 140 organisations, including Oxfam, the National Trust and RSPB.

Each year people get together to ‘show the love’ about things they want to protect from climate change.

Eco Youth Shetland, which organised the pupils’ strike last year, said the focus this time has veered away from encouraging Shetland Islands Council to declare a climate emergency.

“This strike will be aimed at our islands to come together and talk about the actions we can make as individuals/as a community,” the group wrote in a statement.

“The council have been extremely welcoming and accommodating for listening to our views and opinions.

“As this strike falls on Valentine’s Day, there will be pens and paper for you to write your own love letter to our planet. Whether that’s a letter, poem or even just a drawing.

“If you are interested in coming to our strike, please make sure that you get an out of school form to make sure that the school knows who is in school at that time. We encourage you to bring any signs or musical instruments.

“This is an opportunity to talk to other eco-minded people, talk about your views on the environment and to raise awareness of the need for more action on this topic.”