The subsequent time you assume right now’s children solely care about enjoying video video games and posting selfies on Instagram, bear in mind the day a whole lot of hundreds of youngsters all over the world took to the streets to lift consciousness of local weather change.
On Friday, college students protested the dearth of motion from adults on environmental points with the #ClimateStrike walkouts.
Many had been impressed by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who was simply nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Last 12 months, Thunberg gave a well-liked TED Talk explaining why she walked out of college and arranged a strike to lift consciousness of worldwide warming. She protested exterior the Swedish parliament and within the course of grabbed the world’s consideration.
“The climate crisis has already been solved; we already have all the facts and solutions,” Thunberg stated within the discuss. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.”
Students impressed by Thunberg deliberate walkouts all around the globe Friday, together with distant locations like Antarctica. In a tweet, Thunberg stated over 1 million individuals participated in 125 international locations, citing numbers from local weather motion group 350.org.
Last 12 months, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed inthat even when we meet the targets set by the Paris local weather accord and cease our reliance on fossil fuels, the world faces severe impacts of local weather change. So youth protests like #ClimateStrike might assist remind the older era that motion must be taken.
“Today you are hearing from children all over the world,” teen activist Alexandria Villasenor advised a crowd on the New York City local weather strike protests. “We are telling you, we are trapped, and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”
With the #ClimateStrike hashtag trending on Twitter, teenagers and adults alike are sharing pictures, movies and ideas in regards to the worldwide mass protests and calls to motion.
There’s an estimated 20,000 schoolkids together with myself on the #ClimateStrike right now in London. These are completely inspiring scenes with 100’s from every college throughout town. Young individuals are political – we’re taking a stand and we’re not stopping anytime quickly. pic.twitter.com/ejjB5titGL
— Hasan Patel 🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) March 15, 2019