The Global Climate Strike kicks off today and will continue until September 27th. Over 2000 scientists from 40 countries will be joining the world’s youth climate activists as well as adults who are all demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels.
What started off with a generation of school students raising their voices for their futures, has turned into a massive strike that is expected to spread over 137 countries in over 5000 locations.
“Once again our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel a lot of adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job. We young people can contribute to a larger fight and that can make a huge difference,” a group of young activists
According to Common Dreams, these scientists are urging their colleagues around the world to cancel their classes, or move them outside and turn them into teach-ins for the whole community, and to leave their research labs to join youth leaders for marches and rallies.
“As a scientist I am deeply concerned about the rate of changes to extreme events we are experiencing, with more powerful and intense storm events, flooding, droughts, heatwaves, fires, sea level rise and the rapid melting of Arctic and mountain ice. Science tells us that 2 degrees or warming brings us to some dangerous tipping points or thresholds that will seriously affect human society. The scale of change is immense but not insurmountable. We need to act now to make easy and more difficult changes to our lifestyles to reduce emissions, with the lead from our Governments,” say Professor Hayley Fowler, Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University, UK.