Today, Friday 15th March, kids from all over the world, inspired by Greta Thunberg go on strike to demand that the climate crisis be treated for what it really is, a global emergency, ignored by adults and their policies, which risks stealing their future.
Who is Greta Thunberg?
In August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish girl, began a lonely climate protest in front of the Stockholm Parliament. Every Friday she was getting ready to go to school, but instead she sat on the street next to a sign asking the Swedish Government to act to fulfill what is stipulated in the Paris Agreements.
Her parents tried to dissuade her.
Greta could not have known that #FridaysforFuture would find more and more adhesions among her peers.
Today, thousands of students from all over the world will replicate this strike, but they will do it together in a coordinated movement, the Global Climate Strike for Future.
What is Global Climate Strike for Future?
You’ve heard of this protest, but what exactly is it? What are the kids in the squares asking for? It is a strike and not a simple manifestation. Students want to shock adults who seem inert in the face of climate change, and who have failed to demand that the COP21 climate agreements be respected.
Climate scientists have evidence that a rise of 2 ° C will cause mass famine, drought, whirlwinds of fire, floods, wars, deaths and all because today’s adults do not care about tomorrow. Children claim: “They are stealing our future!”
In front of this “burning house” as Greta Thunberg defined the Earth, how can one think of act as if nothing had happened? “Why should we study for a future that may soon be gone, and when nobody is doing anything to save it? Why learn other facts when the most important ones obviously mean nothing to our society?”
State of Crisis.
The young generations, the promoters of the strike wrote in an open letter to the Guardian, which makes up more than half of the world’s population.
They were born and grew up in the climate crisis, they took their first steps in the sixth mass extinction, they are witnesses of the disasters that global warming is already delivering to the poorest and most exposed areas of land.
Yet no one seems to be treating global warming with the urgency it demands. The boys’ request is to address the climate issue as an emergency: they are no longer willing to accept the lack of action before the greatest danger to humanity.