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Another Global Climate Strike Is Coming Friday. These Kids 🌟 Aren't Giving Up. 
Source: Vox

Another youth-led climate strike is planned for Friday, September 27, a week after organizers rallied more than 4 million people across more than 150 countries into the streets in a strike to demand action on climate change.

Last week’s strike was intended to pressure world leaders headed to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, a meeting convened to encourage more ambitious climate commitments. Youth activist Greta Thunberg, who began striking alone outside Swedish Parliament in August 2018, opened the summit admonishing world leaders for failing to do enough to limit climate change.

“My message is that we’ll be watching you,” she said. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.”

While 67 countries this week indicated their intention to enhance their commitments to climate action under the Paris climate accord by the end of 2020, the summit failed to deliver big commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s largest emitters: China, the United States, and India.


Read more: https://www.vox.com/2019/9/26/20885295/greta-thunberg-climate-strike


Greta Thunberg is targeting the airlines with this strike. Youth activists didn’t get all of the results they wanted from the UN Climate Summit, but the event showed they changed the conversation around climate change on the international stage. Such an event would not have happened without pressure from young people global leaders recognized.

France's President Macron noted, “Each week for months and months now we’ve had young people speak,” “I think they’ve identified an absolute urgency that we have to respond to here.”

Youth and other campaigners are planning to keep up the activity and continue weekly strikes. Dozens of events are planned around the world. In Italy, the education minister Lorenzo Fioramonti wrote on Facebook that he invites students and families to participate in the strike there. In Washington, DC, activists may try to impact traffic in the morning by blocking key intersections, as they did on Monday.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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