United For a Fossil Free Future!

United For a Fossil Free Future!

 Yvonne Munk by Dominique Clinkemaillie

Yvonne Munk by Dominique Clinkemaillie

While senior citizens are worried about Climate Change and the possibility of fracking, it is young people who will bear the brunt of the bad decisions taken and fossil fuels burnt over the past 100 years.

Dominique Clikemaillie on van by Charlene Russell

Dominique Clinckemaillie (16), joined the Howick Global Climate March in November and took gorgeous photos from the back of a police van.

Student, Dominique Clinckemaillie (16), joined the Howick Global Climate March in November and took gorgeous photos from the back of a police van – like this one of Yvonne Munk. “People power does work,” said Yvonne waving a bright banner which said Think Outside the Barrel. The hundred people who marched with 785 000 other people around the globe repeated the message to leave fossil fuels in the ground and invest in renewables instead. Many of those who marched already personally demonstrate alternates to business-as-usual energy production, realising that one cannot say no to fracking without providing viable alternatives, and that livelihoods will be destroyed by fossil fuel exploration.

Passionate Dominique wanted to capture the gathering from a different perspective, so she hitched a ride. “I think it says a lot that an officer allowed me to jump on. I wouldn’t have been able to do so without his go ahead. To me, that shows that we’re all in this together – a symbol of unity.” Dominique believes young people who are witness to the crumbling planet, must stand up to protect their future. Dominique’s act speaks for many others. “I am standing forward – defiantly representing the voice of the youth. People think that we take everything for granted. That is not true. We are strong, unafraid and aware.” There is no age barrier to being informed, active and fighting for our rights not only as South Africans but also as human beings. Dominique and Yvonne are both activists, concerned not only for their own wellbeing but for all life on our planet. If you missed your chance to protest, see all the photos here: facebook.com/frackfreesa and watch the video here: vimeo.com/147437369 and join us next time.

Have you signed the petition to say no to exploration for unconventional gas? Don’t delay: http://tinyurl.com/frackingecapekzn Start your journey to a fossil free future today, whatever your age – it is a great adventure!

Photo: Yvonne Munk by Dominique Clinkemaillie
Photo: Dominique Clikemaillie on van by Charlene Russell