News of today’s climate strikes are beginning to come in from around the globe.
A massive crowd of students has gathered in the Sydney CBD to rally against climate change inaction, with protesters overflowing from Town Hall to the next block.‘Fantastic turnout’: School climate strike draws big crowd in Sydney, The Sydney Morning Harold, 3/15/2019
Lord Mayor Clover Moore praised the ‘fantastic turnout’ for ‘School Strike 4 Climate’ on social media, after recording a video message on Thursday encouraging young people to take action.
The demands of students vary from country to country, but one common thread among them is that countries cut greenhouse gas emissions.Kids around the world plan to skip school this Friday to demand action on climate change, By Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 4/13/2019
Strikers in Australia are fighting against a controversial coal mine project and are demanding a full transition to renewable energy by 2030. Among the demands of the UK protesters is lowering the voting age to 16.
Kids in the US want a radical transformation of the economy. Here’s what that agenda includes, according to the Youth Climate Strike website:
a national embrace of the Green New Deal
an end to fossil fuel infrastructure projects
a national emergency declaration on climate change
mandatory education on climate change and its effects from K-8
a clean water supply
preservation of public lands and wildlife
all government decisions to be tied to scientific research
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who helped spark a massive movement to combat climate change, on Thursday was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Swedish teen who inspired global youth climate strike nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, By Justin Wise, The HILL, 03/14/19
“We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” said Freddy André Øvstegård, a Socialist member of the Norwegian Parliament, according to The Guardian. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.”
Paris (AFP) – It began with a solitary, 15-year-old girl camped out in front of Sweden’s parliament next to a hand-written sign: “SCHOOL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE”.Global youth climate strike could be ‘milestone’ moment, Marlowe HOOD, with AFP bureaus worldwide,AFP•March 13, 2019
Barely six months later, Friday’s youth-led strike — promising 1,000 actions spread over 100 countries — could be a “milestone moment” in a grassroots campaign to goad world leaders into confronting the threat of global warming, activists and experts say.
“We are only seeing the beginning,” tweeted Greta Thunberg, who has since turned 16.
“I think that change is on the horizon and the people will stand up for their future.”
So far, the weekly walk-outs have seen tens of thousands of mostly high school students spill out into the streets in Germany, Belgium, Britain and France, with a smattering of actions in half-a-dozen other countries.
But on March 15, classrooms are set to empty in cities across the globe, from Boston to Bogota, Montreal to Melbourne, Dhaka to Durban, Lagos to London.
Haven Coleman is out to save the world.12-year-old Denver girl co-organizing the US Youth Climate Strike, CNN, 3/14/2019
The 12-year-old seventh grader from Denver, Colorado, protests climate change outside government buildings and businesses. She calls out state lawmakers in speeches at town halls and on Twitter. And on Friday, she’ll take on her biggest endeavor yet: co-organizing the US Youth Climate Strike, a national student protest on March 15.
Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and the school walkouts in Europe , Coleman brought the movement to the US along with co-directors 16-year-old Isra Hirsi and 13-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor. Now students in nearly 50 states will skip school on Friday to fight climate change.
Therefore, as we strike on March 15 for climate action, we will continue to stress the power of the collective youth voice, the impact of youth activism, and the silent statement that is conveyed by us as we participate in civil disobedience by not attending school. So far, thousands have answered the call: 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries are expected to strike with us on Friday.The United States Youth Climate Strike is an Action in Line With Decades of Activism, Teen Vogue, 4/14/2019
We are striking because decades of inaction has left us with just 11 years to change the trajectory of the worst effects of climate change, according to the October 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. We are striking because, despite moderate efforts, some of our world leaders have yet to acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis with the urgency it requires. We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation — especially people of color, disabled people, and low-income people — are already disproportionately impacted by climate change.
We are striking because we believe if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system will be forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking in support of the Green New Deal because we believe in the fair and just transition to a 100% renewable economy it would offer, and because we seek the creation of additional fossil fuel-related infrastructure. We believe the climate crisis should be declared a national emergency because we are running out of time to avoid its worst effects.
Melbourne #climatestrike has taken to the streets and is moving along Collins street https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mrGmYaBzRvGy