House is on Fire

“I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” ~Greta Thunberg, 16, Swedish activist

Dear friends,
Were you at Downtown Tonight last week? If so you saw the Student action to declare a climate emergency.  Michelle Obama once sad that “grief and resilience live together”. Nowhere could that resonate more than in conversations about the climate, the planet we live on. As we watch the horrors in Indonesia and the Amazon, we have to grieve. But we must also reach down and find our will to go forward with what is possible not only what is wrong. JRPC has been meeting with several group in town to organize actions around the global climate strike being held around the world. We are all being asked to strike for the planet on Friday, September 20, to leave work or school, to give our employees the day to leave and go to rallies and actions aimed at finding that resilience and will to act. You can check out all the activities being planned for the week at the Global Climate Strike website. Students from Hellgate, Big Sky, Sentinel, Willard, Loyola, University of Montana, Missoula College and young adults from across Missoula inspired by Greta Thunberg, are also working on a plan to strike for the planet. They have asked us all to sign a pledge for the planet. Now is the time to ask ourselves what we will do to save our planet…Betsy