Five things you should know about the climate strike
You’d have to have been marooned on a desert island (that’s been totally unaffected by climate change) not to have known about the global climate strike that took place on Friday 20 September. Quite literally, millions of people gathered across the world to demand that governments take more decisive action to combat climate change.
Here are five things you should know about the protests:
1) It was basically organised by kids.
The climate strike movement was kick-started by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has quickly reached global celebrity status for her climate activism. She’s even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following her lead, children all over the world have been skipping school on Fridays (#FridaysForFuture) since August 2018, demanding more political action on climate issues.
The global strike on Friday 20 September was also attended by adults though, with millions of people walking out of work to take part in demonstrations.
2) It was the biggest climate demonstration in history.
The climate strike took place across roughly 185 countries and involved an estimated 4 million people. Crowds reached approximately 100,000 in places like London, Melbourne and Berlin. In fact in Germany alone there were over 1.4 million protestors across the country.
3) Some of the protestors’ posters were pretty funny.
My top picks include:
- “Don’t be a fossil fool”
- “You can’t comb over climate change”
- “The planet is hotter than my boyfriend”
4) Back to the serious stuff: there were no demonstrations in China.
China is the world’s biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases that are causing all the climate problems. Just because the political environment isn’t conducive to striking, doesn’t mean the Chinese youth are sitting on their laurels though. The China Youth Climate Action Network is the country’s first non-profit organisation for the youth dedicated to climate change, and has its own ways of making its voice heard.
5) Thunberg arrived by emissions-less boat.
It took her two weeks to make the journey from Europe to New York, where she addressed political leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit yesterday (Monday 23 September 2019). The yacht she travelled on reportedly uses solar power and underwater generator turbines in order to produce zero carbon emissions.
While we can’t all travel by emissions-less boat in our day-to-day lives, there are a number of things we should be doing to play our part in the fight against global warming. We’ve written plenty on the topic; if you’re keen to change your ways and adopt a more planet-friendly way of life, check out articles such as Six things I’m doing to live more sustainably and Top TED talks to help you live more sustainably.