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University of Manitoba students plan events on campus for Global Climate Strike

September 23, 2019 — 

The Winnipeg Climate Strike, inspired by Greta Thunberg – the Swedish teenager who has triggered global action on climate change, is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27 at the Manitoba Legislature. The Winnipeg Climate Strike is protesting for Canada-specific climate demands.

UM students who would like to participate in the international strike for climate movement are encouraged to communicate directly with their course instructors in advance to determine if alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that decisions regarding alternative arrangements are at the discretion of the course instructor, and that any missed work due to participation in the climate strike is your responsibility.

A range of campus events are scheduled to encourage climate action, including art installations created by students at the School of Art, a musical ensemble arranged by students at the Desautels Faculty of Music and other campus-wide demonstrations. Throughout the week, there will be lunch-hour sign-making, with recycled materials available.  


All events will take place in front of 55 Chancellors Circle (formerly the Fitzgerald Building).

All week:

Sign-Making – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Stop by the Climate Change Platform (in front of 55 Chancellors Circle) to create a sign for the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 27. Cardboard, paint and other materials will be available. Bring your friends, get creative and think big!

Monday, Sept. 23
Climate Change Platform – setup all week

The Art &/As Labour, 100 Years After the Winnipeg General Strike — a combined art history and studio course offered at the School of Art — will present a large outdoor installation called Climate Change Platform. The interdisciplinary, relational work of art will function as both a temporary monument and a literal platform for a variety of cultural activities leading up to the strike on Sept. 27.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Protest Symbol Spray Paint Workshop – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Students from a Graphic Design 1 class have designed symbols that we have sprayed on recycled garments for the day of action. The created items will be available for trade or for a small donation. Students, staff and faculty are also encouraged to bring an old shirt to campus to have a design sprayed on their shirt.

Thursday, Sept. 26
XIE Ensemble – 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

XIE 4 Climate Strike: The eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) will give two outdoor performances in support of the Global Climate Strike. These events are part of a multimedia collaboration between students from the School of Art and Desautels Faculty of Music. One will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. at the UM’s Fort Garry campus and the other on Friday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislature grounds (rally, march, and massive art exhibition).

Sign & Patch Making – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

UMSU is having a sign-making event in the Arts Lounge in Fletcher Argue to get prepped for the big event! 

Friday, Sept. 27
Pre-Strike Meet-Up – 11 a.m.

Gather at the Climate Change Platform with the UM community before venturing to the Climate Strike at the Legislative Building. Remember to bring your signs, your voice, and energy! Join when you can – all are welcome.

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