Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg,16, was in Edmonton on Friday for a march and rally at the Alberta Legislative building in Edmonton and UNBC is asking her to pay a visit to Prince George as she travels to Vancouver.
Students for a Green University (SGU) would like Thunberg to talk about what people can do in the face of the climate crisis and spark some conversation.
UNBC's SGU is asking those interested in the quest to send her a letter asking her to visit Canada's green university.
Here's the letter to send to firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to sign your name to it.
We are reaching out to you to see if you would be interested in visiting the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, British Columbia. UNBC is advertised as "Canada's Green University", but we believe that we can, and must, do better than we currently are in the face of the climate crisis.
We are the student-led organization "Students for a Green University" (SGU). We are a collection of enthusiastic, active, and driven environmentalists. Our goal is to facilitate student-led projects and initiatives to make UNBC more sustainable, as well as educate our student body on climate change and sustainable practices. Our current project is campaigning our university to divest its endowment fund from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in more ethical companies that share the values UNBC boasts of. We believe that UNBC can and should be a leader of divestment in Western Canada as "Canada's Green University."
Prince George is foremost an industry town, primarily forestry, and consistently Conservative in federal elections. Though we do have a vibrant community of environmentalists, our message is often lost on the masses as we can seem too extreme or unrealistic. We understand the need for people to work for extraction companies to feed their families, but we also understand the need for urgent action to stop climate change before it is too late.
We believe that your visit to Prince George will spark the essential conversation we must all have with ourselves, our neighbors, and our policy makers. The young people know what is coming, it's time to let the people of Prince George know.
Please let us know if you are able to make it to Prince George. We are ready to welcome you into our homes and would love the opportunity for kinship, connection, and inspiration.