Many Students Doing Climate Strike: “It’s our future that’s at stake”

by Duane Nichols on September 19, 2019

There is NO Planet “B” ...!

US students plan to skip school Friday to fight climate ‘emergency’

From an Article by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, Sept. 19, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Tens of thousands of high school students in cities nationwide plan to skip classes Friday to attend Global Climate Strike marches calling for immediate action to end climate change. They will be part of a global joint protest aimed directly at the adults who they say are ignoring the destruction of the planet.

“We have to treat climate change as what it is — an emergency,” said Audrey Maurine Xin Lin, an 18-year-old who’s been one of the coordinators of the Boston school strike and march.

The events come out of a groundswell of worry on the part of young people about the future of the planet. Students in more than 800 locations around the United States plan to go on strike from school for the day to attend protests.

“It’s going to be a really, really powerful day, the launch of a new era of climate movement. This is just the beginning for us,” said Katie Eder, 19, who is the executive director of the Future Coalition, a youth-led non-profit helping the groups coordinate.

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The protests are timed to begin a week of activism at the United Nations, including a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday and a UN Climate Action Summit on Monday. A second strike is planned for Friday, Sept. 27.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, put a face on the global movement beginning in August 2018 when she began skipping school on Fridays to stand outside the Swedish parliament holding a sign protesting inaction on climate change. She came to New York on a solar-powered sailboat to attend the strike in New York City and then the summit.

The movement is not led by her, but a broad group of young people who say they are frightened for their futures and angry that adults have done so little. Unlike the Vietnam War protests, which were mostly college students, the organizers of these events are mostly high school and even some middle school students.

“I want to emphasize that our entire organizing team is under 20. Young people and students have really been leading this,” said Lin. She and four other teens were on a press call Wednesday describing the work they’re doing and why it’s important.

The young people said they want politicians to act as if the world’s on fire and begin curbing carbon emissions and taking the fight against global warming seriously.

Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old climate change activist, has gained an international following as she coordinates youth walk outs and talks to legislators around the world. Globally, students have participated in the ‘Fridays for Future’ climate change strikes, following Greta’s lead. Get to know the teenage activist in photos.

Meet Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old making waves on climate change:

“We won’t have the chance to make the changes we need to if we don’t have the courage to fight,” said Dulce Belen Ceballos Arias, 18, from Redwood City, California. She is helping plan the San Francisco march.

“I want to have children of my own and I want them to have a life better than me and I don’t want that chance to be taken away from them,” she said.

Young people aren’t the only ones getting involved. Multiple companies, mostly on the smaller side, are shutting down for the day so employees can attend local marches. They include Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Burton and SodaStream.

But while the students say they’re happy to have adults march and get involved, for them this is personal. “It’s our future that’s at stake,” said Gabriella Marchesani, 17, a Miami Strike youth leader.

For her, Friday’s action isn’t just some small march to give kids a chance to cut class. “This is a historic commitment that we’re going to look back on and say, ‘That’s the day that youth made a statement that we’re not going to give up,’” she said.

Photo — Youth climate activists prepare to march to the White House on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg also attended the protest.

There is a rapidly growing awareness of rapidly growing climate change!

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Al Gore September 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm

From the MSNBC program “All In” With Chris Hayes on Sept 19th:

Rüdiger “Rudi” Dornbusch was a German economist who worked for most of his career in the United States. Dornbusch’s law states that “Crises take longer to arrive than you can possibly imagine, but when they do come, they happen faster than you can possibly imagine.”

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