Today marks the beginning of a week of climate activism.
Envisioned – and then made real – by activist and hera Greta Thunberg, young people are striking, blockading,and engaging in other forms of activism in various cities and locations around the world over the next week.
What do they want?
As Thunberg said in her testimony before Congress earlier this week: “I don’t want you to listen to me – I want you to listen to the scientists…And then I want you to take real action.”
(And she is living with integrity, even when it significantly inconveniences her.)
Make no mistake – the youth are leading this movement.
How can we adults best support them?
The UK Student Climate Network offers a five point guide:
- For those who have children, enable them to participate.
- Encourage your local school(s) to support students’ participation.
- Let local media know you support the movement.
- Center the voices of the young people who are leading the movement (aka, don’t try to take over).
- Take direct action yourself.
The site offers further details as to how you go about all of the above.
- Participate as an ally! (Again, center the voices of the LEADERS of the movement, and that’s not us, fellow grown ups.)
- Spread the word on social media.
- Organize in your community.
Again, the site offers further details as to how you go about all of the above.
In the era of TrumPutin, everything feels like an emergency all the time – that’s part of his con – but this truly is an emergency of global scale and the window for us to do ANYTHING to ameliorate the coming disaster is rapidly closing. Many of us will be in the Summerlands before things get really dire, but these young warriors will not, and we owe it to them to do everything in our power to support them.
(The above video is merely a short snippet of Thunberg’s testimony. The hearing lasted for two hours, and you can get the video of the whole thing here.)
Image from the Global Climate Strike website.
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