I'm with Greta - The Global Climate Strike - Are You In?
On the 20th September, millions will take to the streets all over the world in a global protest. The aim? To put pressure on our political leaders to take action towards climate change. Here’s the important information you need to know ahead of the Global Climate Strike…
Greta Thunberg decided to skip school in order to protest outside Sweden’s parliament for more action on climate change back in August 2018. Since then, the Swedish teenager has been championed for her no-nonsense approach to activism, appeared on the front cover of Time and GQ magazines and been a constant voice for action against climate change. Most recently, Greta travelled to the UN headquarters in New York by sailing across the Atlantic and is heralded for asking direct questions to our world leaders in her eloquent, hard-hitting speeches.
“Why should any young person be made to study for a future when no one is doing enough to save that future?
What is the point of learning facts, when the most important facts given by the finest scientists are ignored by our politicians?”
So what is this Climate Strike all about?
Greta started a movement when on Friday August 20th 2018 she decided to miss school in order to protest. Every Friday she did the same, and each week more and more people joined her - from fellow students, to teachers and working professionals. As news of Greta and her Fridays for Future grew, students from all over the world took to the streets every Friday in order to join her. In the UK, this started happening in February 2019.
The idea behind the Global Climate Strike is for millions of people to 'walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets, and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels'. This takes place on Friday 20th September in a show of solidarity with the school strikers.
Climate is a hot topic, literally, and as scientists, media outlets and non-government organisations continue to produce reports and papers on the critical state of emergency the planet is in, we need to increase the pressure on our governments to take urgent action.
The increase in climate disasters, flooding, wildfires, weather disasters... are all hard evidence of the issue. You’ll have heard about targets to keep the global temperature rise below 2°C, but many scientists say temperatures actually need to be kept below 1.5°C, and that many efforts currently underway, simply won't get us there in time. The planet is set to warm up by 3-4°C by 2100. If our planet warms up to these temperatures, there are serious ramifications for all of us, so we need governments to act now.
Some estimate we have 12 years to take the necessary action, others a few months. It’s important to lobby our government into making big, bold changes at the highest levels of our society. With an election looming in the UK particularly, adults have a unique opportunity on Friday 20th September: to tell the UK government that we all want radical action to save our planet.
Find a strike near you
Both Greenpeace and Patagonia have website where you can find your nearest strike. It’s an easy way to locate where other likeminded people will be getting together, but if you can't find one near you, it's also easy to organise your own.
So far, there are around 150 organised strikes taking place throughout the UK, but numbers are growing and it’s easy to get involved. Greenpeace suggest that if you can't get the time off to strike all day then maybe you can attend for just an hour or so, or support strikers by liking and sharing social posts online.
The time to act is now. There is no planet B.