For anyone under the age of 20 or, in other words, anyone who have lived their lives during this century, climate change is a concrete fact that has quickly become an acute issue involving all generations.
School pupils in New Zealand are the first ones out on today’s demonstrations for the climate that’s happening worldwide, according to several sources. According to the organizers, 170,000 people will participate in climate strikes in different parts of the country, which corresponds to 3.5 percent of the country's population. More and more people are getting involved and agree on the climate threat.
Today it’s time for all of us to work together with politicians, business leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs and these young people to develop and implement solutions that create sustainable conditions for future generations to experience life on earth.
In New Zealand's capital Wellington, around 40,000 people are said to be protesting outside their Parliament. The protesters are demanding that the government issue a climate emergency, reports the New Zealand Herald.
In Sweden, demonstrations are planned in over 100 locations today, according to TV4 News.
Greta Thunberg is expected to take part in a school strike in Montreal today. Her plea for action has had a global effect because it is reinforced by what people already see happening around them. In Canada, for instance, this includes heat waves, severe floods and widespread smoke from forest fires, all of which can be connected to climate change.
Each year, scientists gather more information about the planet's response to ever-increasing concentrations of fossil-fueled heat trapping gases. This data, together with models that project a future development, slowly but surely create an insight into the scale of the climate threat. They also show that human influence is easier to distinguish from the natural variation of the climate.
Adam Fenech, director of the University of Prince Edward Island's climate research lab, says that trends he and his colleagues once imagined decades ago, such as a rapid ice meltdown in Antarctica and category-five hurricanes landing in North America, are already a reality.
"We have always said that this is in the direction that development would go, but now the reality has occurred," says Dr. Fenech.
"That means we have a choice to make," said Xeuben Zheng, senior researcher on environmental and climate change in Canada, and one of the lead authors of a federal report released last spring on the expected effects of climate change across the country.
“A choice -”, says Dr. Zheng, “is making short-term changes to mitigate some of the more serious effects that will come later in this century. The other is to face the cost and upheaval of adapting to a very different world, one way or another”.
Mankind, as I said, faces a whole new paradigm in climate and social development, which requires a change in our thinking patterns and behaviors, faster than we currently perceive. Over the past centuries, we have slowly evolved from living in the agricultural community to the industrial community. A journey of good and evil. Industrialism and growth have, on the one hand, contributed to the economic and social improvement of the lives of a large part of humanity, not least the late Hans Rosling reported on. The other side of industrialism has led to an extensive climate impact combined with our current way of life. Mankind is now on the threshold of the new global and digital society with, according to science, a comprehensive and rapidly ongoing climate challenge to deal with.
Today, school students all over the world, starting in New Zealand, choose to go out into society and show courage and action to enable a life on our planet for generations to come. Instead, they should be at school and gather knowledge, which is the primary purpose of the school, but as long as we adults do not show that we listen, realize and are prepared to think and act differently, these school strikes are most likely to return and grow in scope. Because once the change movement starts, it becomes difficult to ignore the continuation that follows.
Source: Sprinkle Daily