This Sunday’s People’s Climate March, held in New York City with actions across the globe in solidarity, was the largest rally in the history of the movement to address climate change. We were thrilled that YEA staff and campers (many of whom first learned about it from another camper at camp this summer) were able to attend!
We interviewed one camper, 14 year old Joyce Frink from New Jersey, about her experience.
What inspired you to come to the march?
The adults who are trying to make a change now won’t be here forever. Soon, it’s going to be our responsibility to stand up and take action against the problems we’re facing. So instead of saying “I can’t do anything because I’m young,” why not share your opinion and make a difference, because you’re never too young. We’re going to be adults soon and we’ll have to live on this Earth. We should make it a safe and beautiful place for everyone. That’s what inspired me. I also wanted to meet up with my YEA Camp buddies!!
What was it like to be at the march?
It was absolutely amazing! From the start, on the train on the way to the march, the enthusiasm was amazing. People were singing, passing around petitions they made, and so much more. I got soooo pumped!
At the rally I had the opportunity to meet very awesome and world changing people, who told me why they were so passionate about bringing attention to climate change. The most amazing part that stood out to me, was that there were tons of other young people, who wanted to take part in making history. I met this six year old girl who was holding up her signs and chanting. She was absolutely adorable!! Meeting her made me so happy that I went. The atmosphere was great and I’m grateful I could participate in this world changing event.
How was it reuniting with and marching with YEA campers and staff?
There are no words to describe how spectacular it was to see them again. We talked about recent activism we’d done and new life choices we made. For instance, Icy eating less meat and me going veg!
Is there anything from the march you think you’ll take away for your future activism?
I think one thing I’ll take away, is that coming together with others who really care, is the best way to get things done. “To change everything, we need everyone.”
What other activism do you do and what are some of your plans for the future?
My biggest plan for the future right now would be getting the note card activity [we do at YEA Camp] for bullying implemented in my school. I’m working on getting it started in a school club I’m in called W.H.Y (We Help You). Then, I want to get it into all the classrooms, once a month.
How do you feel YEA Camp has helped you in your activism?
I feel that YEA Camp has helped me in my activism by teaching me ways to make a difference. Before YEA Camp, I wanted to be involved with activism and help out, but I truly didn’t know where to start or what exactly to do. Going to YEA Camp taught me many things. How to leaflet, how to table, start a club, campaign, and even more. Today I now know how to, and even have put my skills to use! If it wasn’t for these skills, I never would’ve attempted the things that I’ve done recently.
We are so proud of Joyce and our other campers and staff for attending this rally and for the countless other things they are doing to make our world a better place.