Global climate action on September 20 could be a historic turning point, say activists
Greta Thunberg and leading youth strikers for climate action around the world have called on all adults to join a global general strike on September 20.
They are calling on citizens to step down from work just ahead of a crucial UN summit urging nations to declare much stronger ambitions to tackle the climate emergency.
The call was issued as young people prepared for what organizers have claimed will be one of the largest student strikes to date on Friday, with protests expected in 1,594 cities and towns in 118 countries, according to the website on Fridays. for the future.
Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who sparked the global movement with a solo protest last August, and 44 protesters from around the world, issued the call for a general strike in an article in The Guardian.
"We are asking adults to join our side ... today, many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or the end of Game of Thrones, while the planet burns," they write. “But to change everything, we need everyone. It's time for all of us to unleash mass resistance… if [we demand changes] in large numbers we have a chance. "
The global strike is set to kick off a week of climate action around the world.
"We are asking adults to join our side," write the young strikers. Step out of your comfort zone to make this a turning point in our history. It's about crossing lines, it's about rebelling wherever one may rebel. "
Young protesters demand that governments immediately provide a safe path to stay below a maximum temperature rise of 1.5 ° C. World scientists say cuts in carbon emissions are urgently needed to achieve a 50% drop by 2030 and avoid worse droughts, floods, extreme heat waves and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. However, emissions continue to increase.
Human life is also being wiped out by human activity, as animal populations have declined by 60% on average since 1970. Human society is threatened by declining natural life support systems, according to another published landmark report. in early May, with half of the natural ecosystems now destroyed and a million species in danger of extinction.
Some adults have already joined the youth strikes, with thousands of workers protesting across Belgium in March, along with a delegation from the European Federation of Public Administration Trade Unions. Some parents have also organized protests in the UK and across Europe.