Spearheaded by young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, the #FridaysforFuture movement took a whole new form, when the School Strike for Climate announced an ‘intergenerational’ Global Climate Strike for the full week from 20th to 27th September. The moment that started off as a three-day strike in New York took a larger shape with over 4 million people across 4000 locations worldwide participating in mass protest and marches all in time for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

Protesting for Climate Change. It’s Climate Strike

The message from these worldwide strikes are those to our politicians and leaders, calling for regulation on CO2 emissions, climate targets, transitions from grey economies to green economies and the ratification of the UNFCCC’s Paris Agreement.

Countries in Attendance:

Alongside New York’s 250 000 protesters, Australia and London both estimated a record of 300 000 participants, with a total tally of worldwide participation of over 4 million people reported by Time, Here is the list of some of the larger participating countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

How It All Started

In 2018 a young Swedish girl called Greta Thunberg refused to attend school, sitting outside the Riksdag every day during school hours with the sign that said: Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate) demanding the Swedish government to reduce carbon emissions in relations to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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With Greta’s efforts inspiring other younger activists, academics and locals to participate in strikes for serious consideration on climate change, School Strike for the climate took on its own form. Thus, calling for serious action by the international political platform.

Following the success of the three-day climate strike, Greta addressed the UN General Assembly highlighting the need for change and stating that “the world is changing whether we like it or not, and change is coming” posing an important question to our leaders about future of the next generation. You can now watch the speech below:

Why Should We Care About Climate Change?

The climate change we talk about is something far beyond the way that the climate changes naturally. Rather than the change itself, it is the rate of change that concerns both scientists and activists. The environment, and all the living things within it can adapt to substantial changes in climate that take place slowly over millennia, but not those that occur in a matter of decades.

Human intervention and industrialisation have led to the burning of fossil fuels, which among other factors like greenhouse emissions and pollution, have led to rising global temperatures. This could, in turn, lead to sea-levels rising and threatening many coastal and low-lying regions, various species going extinct, increases in both flooding and droughts, and the resulting increased mortality rates for humans.

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The impacts of these changes are already being felt around the globe and will only intensify in the future, especially if there is no further action to mitigate the risks. So, it is now up to us to choose how to respond.

What do you think about the climate strike? Let us know below.

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