‘Fridays for Future’ – the Movement

There’s no Planet B!

As I’m sure you already know, climate change is an ongoing concern that has only worsened over the years. Therefore, it’s a topic that we encourage our guests to consider.

On Friday 21st March 2019, more than 1 million people in more than 125 countries took part in strikes to draw attention to the problem of climate change. They demanded their governments to do more to tackle the issue.

Initially inspired by Greta Thunberg – a 16 year old environmental activist who started missing school in August 2018 to protest outside Sweden’s parliament. This movement, called ‘Fridays for Future’, organised more than 2,000 strikes worldwide. The main group of protestors were students. And it’s easy to understand why – the youth of today will be around to see the effects of global warming on our planet. And if we don’t do something now, it will be too late.

Also, you might be wondering, what exactly do the strikers hope to achieve with these mass protests?

Well, they have different demands:

  • More to be done to tackle climate change
  • Governments to cut their greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increased use of clean and renewable energy
  • A ‘Fossil Free’ world
  • World leaders to prioritise the protection of our planet

As a matter of fact, it is estimated that we have just 12 years to limit the deadly effects of climate change. So we better act quick! Therefore, more than 2 months on, “Fridays for Future” movement shows no signs of stopping. Afterward with added support from Extinction Rebellion, and the Peoples Climate Movement.

We hope by reading this, you have a better insight into this major concern. In case you want to do some extra reading, we’ve added some links below 😉

https://www.fridaysforfuture.org

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/15/its-our-time-to-rise-up-youth-climate-strikes-held-in-100-countries

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-planet-global-youth-demo-climate.html

https://peoplesclimate.org