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