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Inverness youth climate group runs second virtual film event

By Margaret Chrystall

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Scottish Youth Climate Strike in Falcon Square last year. They will now host a film night.
Scottish Youth Climate Strike in Falcon Square last year. They will now host a film night.

THE Inverness branch of Scottish Youth Climate Strike will run its second free virtual film night on Sunday, exploring climate change and youth activism as they take part in Start The Change.

Start The Change is an EU-funded global citizenship project working with teachers, youth workers and young people across Scotland and 11 other European countries.

The aim is to support young people as they explore issues around SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and migration, then take creative action in their communities.

SYCS was started in February 2019 as a network of youth climate activists in the Friday For Future movement founded by campaigner Greta Thunberg.

The Inverness branch’s first strike was on September 20 last year. More than 300 people took part and thousands held strikes all over Scotland.

Since then two more strikes have happened, plus a third online.

An organiser of the event, Lily Henderson (15) from Fortrose, said: “Being a part of the movement has shown me that we can make a difference for our future in a positive way.”

The film night aims to educate young people on climate change through screening short films.

These have been selected with assistance from the Take One Action Film Festival, and there will be a discussion afterwards.

Cora Ditta (15), a film night organiser from Inverness, said: “Helping organise the film nights has been really enjoyable because it allows me to talk to like-minded individuals.”

Films on Sunday from 6.30pm to watch at home are Seed Saver, Out of the Bag, Dear Matafele Peinam, Nature is Speaking: Mother Nature, Chiloé Coming Afloat, A Love Song and a short film about SYCS.

SYCS is run by young people for young people and is now the leading youth climate campaign group in Scotland. Highland One World Global Learning Centre supports north schools to promote global citizenship and learning for sustainability.

For free Eventbrite tickets, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-activism-virtual-film-night-tickets-106920696682

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