anders blomkvist

A second wave of global school strikes is carried out today and several media reports live - starting in New Zealand

 


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

 

 

RIGHT NOW - Glaciers are melting, areas with permafrost are falling and sea levels are rising.

The research report published by the UN panel IPCC yesterday shows an alarming future scenario, where the ongoing climate crisis includes a sea crisis. The risk is directly imminent for negative and unprecedented effects when the Arctic ice melts and the water level is raised.The most alarming thing about IPPC's sea report is how fast everything happens - but it's not too late to stop the development.

A positive factor is the reports showing that the young generation is creative and driven by increased entrepreneurship. It is important that this commitment is supported and spread across the generational boundaries.


The report from the IPCC was released two days after the extra-ordinary climate meeting in New York in which Greta Thunberg, together with some of the world's leaders, participated. What's new in the report is that it also shows the severe consequences that climate change will have on marine life. We have previously read about melted ice and elevated sea levels, but not what effect it has on marine ecosystems.


Naturally, we humans have different perceptions of our impact on the climate based on the knowledge and insight we have with us in life. The experience varies across the generational boundaries and also the incentive to change the development that is now described by the researchers' work and reports.
In all its clarity and simplicity in front of Greta Thunberg and many other people the message in different contexts that we must act now - because it is at this very moment that we have the opportunity to influence the future for ourselves, but especially for future generations.

We only get a chance to listen to the researchers, try to understand, communicate and act together. Or can we afford to relinquish and chance?


According to Ulf Molau, professor of ecology at the University of Gothenburg and one of 106 co-authors of the IPCC report, the fact is that things are now progressing faster.
“- I have been involved in the UN climate work for 20 years, and the sea level is rising faster than we previously thought. It is alarming ”.


The fact that the sea level is rising faster than the researchers have previously seen is due to two factors, hot water taking up more space and the glaciers melting at a previously unforeseen rate.


- The glaciers melt faster because the average temperature is higher.
It's very simple, according to Ulf Molau.

 

 


The melting ice and glaciers, as well as the elevated water level and temperature, can have highly negative consequences for communities and ecosystems at high altitudes and for water-borne cities and regions. Around 680 million people, ten percent of the world's population, live in such areas today.
According to the report, the average seawater level can be increased by 15 millimeters per year if global warming is not stopped and if emissions continue at the same rate as today, it may be even faster. The risk of forest fires in tundra areas will also increase as a result of the increased global mean temperature.
The effect of global warming on the permafrost is clear. For example, the "seed vault" is no longer protected by the permafrost at the same time as rainwater is entering the building.
The global seed vault in Svalbard has been compared to Fort Knox more than once. The seed vault is 130 miles from the North Pole, guarding a content more valuable to humanity than any gold reserve.
- Here lies the key to our ability to ensure in the future that the world's growing population has food to eat, says Lise Lykke Steffensen, Director, NordGen.


Today, Swedish news reports that a work to restore permafrost around the Seed vault will begin. With the help of electricity, an artificial permafrost is created. Local permafrost can be recreated but not glaciers, because we would need a new ice age.
While the scientists have now given us a clear message that our human civilization is in danger of collapse if we do not reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, there are signals that today's generation of young people increasingly see a future as entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs.


Combined with a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, replanting of trees in the forest that is currently being decomposed and burned, development can be affected. The positive is that it is not too late yet but we need more inspired people who dare to stand up and show the way. We need more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs around the world who are involved in building for future generations.


The time has come for a global climate dialogue across national and generational boundaries based on new thinking - a paradigm for the future based on sustainability perspectives and entrepreneurship.


Source: Sprinkle Daily

 

 

 

The energy supply of the future - the step from charcoal to renewable electricity

Today, large parts of the earth's population live without access to electricity and in some cases with charcoal as the sole source of energy. At first glance, this may prove to be a major challenge, but in the next moment may actually involve new investments in renewable energy systems without having to take the traditional development steps.

The energy sector accounts for close to two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. Today, it is estimated that 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity or other clean fuels and 2.8 billion use biomass for cooking. In other words, there is great potential here to create a future sustainable social development.
More and more business leaders around the world today recognize the need to rapidly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the business world and at the same time an opportunity to participate in and contribute to this development. This is in a time of spirit when old "truths" need to be replaced with new innovative solutions based on renewable energy sources for humanity's survival.


New projects are now starting around the world that aim to create an access to renewable electricity for the large proportion of the world's population, which today is without and most of them only have charcoal as an energy source. In these projects, anchoring in the local community is an important social and economic prerequisite for contributing to long-term ecological sustainability.


The sustainability perspective also includes creating new payment platforms based on the digital development that is taking place today in the modern global environment.
This together means that the need for renewable electricity will greatly increase and new solutions are created based on water, wind and solar energy.

Yesterday, some of the world's top leaders gathered at the UN Climate Summit in New York as a step towards COP25, the UN Climate Conference, which will be held in Santiago, Chile in December this year. Following Greta Thunberg's emotional speech during the climate summit followed a speech by Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who focused on the concrete work of making heavy industries more sustainable. "The transition from gray to green in these sectors is a key in the fight against climate change," said Stefan Löfven from the pulpit.


The process is underway and it is now up to the world's leading politicians, business leaders and all of us to seize the opportunity for a global climate change and contribute to a paradigm shift in sustainable development.

 

Source: Sprinkle Daily

Swedish Greta Thunberg today mobilizes the UN together with a whole world

In just one year, Greta Thunberg has created a daunting insight that we must all now take the threat of the earth's climate seriously and at the same time mobilize an entire world with millions of young people around different countries.

Today, she speaks at the UN's New York climate summit initiated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, hoping for positive talks and concrete actions. Greta Thunberg should really be honored for her commitment which definitely makes a difference. Her message is simple. We simply have to listen to and accept the science that man's impact on the climate risks humanity's future survival here on earth. A dramatic message but at the same time hopeful, because we can act now and thus prevent a future climate collapse, but this requires, among other things, political leadership and courage. On Friday, Greta Thunberg spoke in Battery Park in central New York in front of 250,000 people who went there to join the Swedish climate activist's school strike.

 

 

Greta Thunberg's school strike has already reached all the continents of the earth and is now conducted in several different languages. She is one of today's most important climate fighters of our time and a source of inspiration for millions of young people and adults around the world. After sitting alone outside the parliament a year ago she has, among other things, spoken to top politicians in the Italian Senate, the British lower house, the French National Assembly and the European Parliament, she criticized business leaders in Davos, met Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pope Francis, she participated in civil disobedience campaigns with the Extinction Rebellion and numerous other marches, protests and demonstrations and was a guest at Skavlan and in The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has been named one of the world's 25 most influential teenagers by Time Magazine and "Game Changer of the Year" by GQ Magazine.

Greta Thunberg has been honored by Amnesty and her honorary doctorate and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. An amazing track record and today she speaks in the UN together with Secretary-General António Guterres. In a short time, Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of young people and set the climate on the agenda in a way no one else has ever succeeded. She acts and makes a difference. Exactly how she has affected politics is of course difficult to determine, but let's illustrate an example from our neighboring Denmark where she spoke to tens of thousands of people at Christiansborg in central Copenhagen, the same day as the European Parliament election. As many as 60 per cent of Danes considered that the climate should be given priority over everything else, a figure previously estimated in January at just over 20 per cent.

Greta Thunberg's most important message is that we should listen to the researchers.
In addition to all human suffering in connection with the number of growing natural disasters around the world, these also affect the global economy. Natural disasters cost 5 to 6 times more in the first ten years of this century than in the 1970s, according to WMO's report, Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from weather, climate and water extremes (1970-2012). The main reason is the increased cost of flooding, which amounted to SEK 7,450 billion ($ 864 billion) during the last decade, which corresponds to almost twice Sweden's annual GDP. Based on this fact, there should be both social and economic sustainability arguments to really listen to the researchers. Today when it is autumn day equaling, the world's leading politicians in the UN can show both courage and leadership.

Let's hope that happens too, but in any case, this is just the beginning of a worldwide process to save the future climate of the earth for generations to come. A process started and inspired by a single young person who wants to make a difference - so let's all join in today and make a difference, day by day. Because even though it gets darker before the light comes back on, we can all, each of us, contribute to a better climate and together show both courage and the ability to act in Greta Thunberg's footsteps towards a worldwide climate change. 

 

 

SOURCE: Sprinkle Daily/WWF

 

 

 

FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE - A MOVEMENT TO COUNT ON

Today, September 20, a global school strike takes place as a start to a whole week of various actions.

On September 23, the UN Secretary-General has called for an extra-ordinary climate meeting due to the big school strikes and next Friday, September 27, it is time for another global strike. Thousands of workplaces and trade unions will also participate and, in total, millions of people are expected to venture out into the streets to demand a better environmental policy.


Mankind is facing a whole new paradigm in the development of climate and society, which requires a change in our thinking patterns and behaviors. Over the past centuries, we have 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 therefore now on the threshold of the new global and digital society with, according to science, a comprehensive climate challenge to deal with.


Whether or not the need for change is necessary, there are shared opinions and insights about it. One thing is certain, however, that we need to act now, before the development goes over. New insights take time to convey. Once upon a time, people struggled to declare that the earth was not flat but round based on what we have been able to perceive so far and today we are struck by the similarity in thought patterns when today we hear individuals say that we are not facing a climate crisis.

 


In Chinese, "crisis" consists of two characters, one of which means a "serious opportunity" and the other "an opportunity". Today we have to deal with both perspectives and as we succeed in this we have increasingly established ourselves in a new paradigm in the development of the world. In any case, it is extremely interesting to live in this age when so much can be done to create a better world, only we realize the need and want to be involved.


The Fridays For Future movement started last fall after Greta Thunberg began her climate strike in August. Today, a year later, school strikes are being held for the climate around the world. Environmentally aware young people create global climate networks. In less than a year, Fridays For Future has grown into a global movement that has created demonstrations with millions of participants.
On Monday, September 23, the UN Secretary-General called for an extra-climate meeting as an effect of the school strikes.


- We need everyone involved. The emission curve must drastically point down already next year if we are to have a chance to stay under 1.5 degrees of global warming. But both global emissions and Sweden's emissions are rising. Politicians must move from word to action now if we do not want to risk a collapse of society, says Isabelle Axelsson, organizer at FridaysForFuture Stockholm.
The climate strikes over the coming week are expected to be the largest ever, and the number of participants is considerably higher in advance than during the demonstrations on March 15 when more than 2 million people participated worldwide.
Young people who are committed to the climate and the survival of mankind, which is a common issue across the generational boundaries and also the business world are now starting to wake up.

 

The demands of Fridays For Future for politicians and those in power are as follows:
• Limit global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels
• Follow the Paris Agreement and prove it
• Listen to climate research
• Environmental and climate justice for all.

 

Anders Blomkvist/Sprinkle Daily 

Conflicts around the world cause oil prices to rush - at the same time Greta Thunberg receives environmental award

On a daily basis, we are reminded of human impact on the climate in combination with ongoing conflicts around the world. The question, however, is whether we have really taken ourselves seriously in the ongoing climate crisis? For sure, it must be the future of the planet that will guide us in our sustainability efforts, which also includes a sustainable economy and growth. Conflicts around the world directly affect the oil price and thus the fuel price, which today according to media reports will initially rise by SEK 0.40 per liter of gasoline. (Swedish price)

The ongoing transformation to fossil-free will affect every part of society and also permeate global politics. Some basic examples of the need for reorganization are that bees' living environment must be improved, biodiversity increased, plastic use reduced and fish stocks must recover. The fires in the rainforests need to build up and reduce carbon dioxide emissions through smarter use of renewable energy sources in combination with creating a social sustainability for people around the world.
On the same day that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven previously read the government statement where the ongoing transition to fossil-free can not have gone unnoticed, Frans Timmermans, responsible for climate, was presented as one of three executive vice-chairmen of the European Commission, which indicates that the EU has recognized the need for a actions.

 

 

 

Although the pace of change is not yet close to what science requires, something the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg constantly emphasizes, it can no longer be argued that the survival of the planet is a forgotten issue. If the focus during the big climate meeting in Paris 2015 was on negotiation, today it is rather on implementation. In Sweden, as part of the prevention of future effects of climate change, there is talk of building floodwalls against flooding. Protests will then come when people risk losing out on the sea view and affecting the market value. However, we should reflect for a moment on all those whose homes and lives are already lost today due to increased sea levels and floods of an extent we have never seen before. For this reason, the upcoming climate summit in New York focuses on action including a number of initiatives from both countries and other actors.

UN leader Antóinio Guterres hopes to be able to increase the pace and show a number of good examples of sustainability work. The Swedish industry's climate commitments to contribute to the industry's transformation impress, for example, "steel without the coal project" Hybrit. But there are several other examples, initiated by various innovative Swedish companies with a view to a global market, often in a start-up phase. These start-up companies, which are often in need of capital, have realized the gravity of the situation and want to influence the climate and sustainability work in, for example, the energy sector.  In parallel with this work, it is inspiring to now hear of the news that Greta Thunberg and the environmental movement Fridays for future during a ceremony in Washington D C received Amnesty International's "Ambassador of conscience award".

The award has previously been awarded to Colin Kaepernick, Malala Yousafzai, Ai Weiwei and Nelson Mandela, among others. A prize to all the fearless young people who are fighting for their future, a future they should be able to take for granted. The award is described as the organization's finest and draws attention to individuals or initiatives that have shown "outstanding leadership and courage in the fight for human rights". "The fact that the climate crisis will create enormous conflicts and great suffering is far from a secret, but the link between climate and ecological crises, mass migration, famine, human rights violations and war is still not obvious to many," says Greta Thunberg.

 

Therefore, we adults now have a crucial responsibility to contribute to a more developed ecological, economic, technological and social sustainability. For despite the positive signals of change that will remain, the question remains whether we have really taken on how seriously threatened our planet actually is and how quickly and to what extent we are today prepared to think and act differently towards yesterday?

 

 

 

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