Millions of students and other activists abandoned school and work last week to join mass protest calling for action against climate change before a UN summit. From New York to Guatemala City, Sydney to Kabul, and Cape Town to London, protesters in hundreds of cities around the world took the streets, demanding their governments take urgent steps to tackle the climate crisis and prevent an environmental catastrophe.
HOW A TEEN GREAT THUNBERG INSPIRED THE TEEN MOVEMENT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
The protests have been inspired by one girl – Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. She began her campaign on August 20, 2018 when she held solitary demonstrations outside Sweden’s parliament, skipping classes once a week to protest climate change. Her solo protest went on to inspire millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to tackle global warming. Greta Thunberg has been credited to “tirelessly convey her message, acknowledge the facts, realize the urgency of the climate crisis and has acted accordingly. She has been a speaker at high-level conferences, has met world leaders, and gives guidance to a growing global movement.
TEENS PROTEST “WE DON’T WANT PLANET B”
The global climate strike reached a new level as students in more than 150 countries skipped school to join an estimated 2,500 protests, as campaigners demanded their governments combat spiralling greenhouse gas emissions.
PROTESTS BY TEENS HELD ACROSS THE GLOBE
The demonstrations started in the Pacific Islands before quickly getting started across Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North and South America. Children in the Solomon Islands rallied on the shoreline wearing traditional grass skirts and carrying wooden shields. Hours later in Thailand, more than 200 young people stormed the Environment Ministry in Bangkok and dropped to the ground feigning death. Organisers estimated 300,000 people turned up for the “global climate strike” in Australia. Protests were staged in 110 towns and cities across the country, with crowds calling on the government to commit to a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, students called for action against wildfires on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, which have caused health problems for people across the region. In New Delhi, India one of the world’s most polluted cities, dozens of students and environmental activists chanted “We want climate action” and “I want to breathe clean” at a rally outside the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. They carried banners with some displaying messages like “There is no Planet B.” No protests were authorised in China, the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
CARBON EMISSIONS AT RECORD HIGH
Carbon emissions climbed to a record high last year, despite a warning from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October that output of the gases must be slashed over the next 12 years to stabilise the climate. US President Donald Trump said in 2017 that he would pull the US out of the Paris Agreement under which countries have committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to tackle rising global temperatures.
GRETA THUNBERG ADDRESSES UN CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT IN NEW YORK
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg sailed to the US on a carbon-free yacht to address the United Nations’ Climate Change Summit and participate in New York City’s climate strike event. In her address at the Summit, she said that teens will make the world leaders act.
She added that change whether they like it or not before thanking the crowd for showing up and organising demonstrations.
More than 30 heads of state and government have signed an appeal for greater action to fight climate change. The strikes by teens are set to continue weekly, with a clear rise in support from around the world – until the students’ demands are finally met. #ZebaWarsia – NMTV News