Published: Mon, May 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Climate change narrative shifting dramatically, says student organiser

Climate change narrative shifting dramatically, says student organiser

Action is planned in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries with organisers saying the number of young people taking part is set to top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March.

The protests - called "Fridays for Future" - have been taking place here and in other countries around the world. A student-led climate strike in March spurred some 400 events around the world.

Demonstration organisers say the objective of today's strike is to urge politicians and the government to act on the climate emergency which they have declared and make the fight against climate breakdown a top priority.

"If you, like me, are determined to bring attention to the ongoing climate and ecological crisis, and truly care about the future living conditions for all species, then going to vote is one of the most powerful things you can do", the 16-year-old said.

"But we need to resist the instinct from corporations and others who've created the crisis to shift responsibility for change back onto individual lifestyles".

In Berlin, thousands of mostly young people rallied in front of the German capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate waving banners with slogans such as "There is no planet B" or "Plant trees, save the bees, clean the seas".

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"We can't pause time. It's just scary for younger generations", she told Reuters news agency, holding up a placard seeking to stop a proposed new coal mine in Australia.

"I am striking because I want change to happen, and there is no use studying for a future career if I can't even see a future for my planet". Extinction has hit a mass level, and we've got about 10 years before the world hits a point of no return.

The global protests inspired by Greta seem to be having an impact.

The single most effective weapon in the fight against climate change - imposing taxes on those who emit greenhouse gases - can be politically fraught, however.

Shakira Martin, a former president of the National Union of Students, will address the London demonstration.

In the United States, students are calling for implementation of the Green New Deal, which aims to make the U.S. a zero-emissions country in just 10 years by abolishing the use of fossil fuels and switching the entire economy to renewable sources of energy. "Students are really learning and gaining their knowledge from outside of education", he said.

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