• With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries.

    Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday.

    To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org.

    The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all."

    "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement.

    Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!"

    350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h
    HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    350 dot org ✔ @350
    The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20:

    ❌No more fossil fuels
    🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice
    💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376
    10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am."

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg
    School strike week 55.
    New York City.
    Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike

    View image on Twitter
    10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019

    Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action."

    "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over."

    A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike.

    Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein
    Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905

    YouthStrike4Climate 🌍
    @Strike4Youth
    We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾
    Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate

    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905
    6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019
    In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities.

    Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva."

    "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all."

    Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us."

    Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action."

    The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week:

    A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects.

    Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas.
    Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution.

    Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030.

    Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture.

    "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past."

    350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it.

    "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All' https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/06/two-weeks-until-globalclimatestrike-organizing-intensifies-100-countries-win-livable Jessica Corbett, staff writer As youth with the Fridays for Future movement took to the streets Friday, two weeks ahead of the global #ClimateStrike planned for Sept. 20, environmental activists continued to raise awareness about the upcoming protests being organized in more than 100 countries. Climate campaigners already have registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide, with more than 450 actions planned for the United States, the advocacy group 350.org announced in a statement Friday. To register for an event or find one near you, visit globalclimatestrike.net. For U.S. strikes, visit strikewithus.org. The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will kick off a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City. Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org's North America director, said Friday that the global strike "is an intergenerational and multiracial moment to make our stand for our right to transformative climate action that preserves a sustainable, healthy, and livable future for all." "With the leadership of young people backed by grandparents and parents alike, health workers, teachers, cab drivers and more, now is the time for all of us to come together to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage," added Toles O'Laughlin, recognizing the youth activists that inspired the global movement. Some of those youth activists—including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg—gathered outside the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday, chanting: "No more coal! No more oil! Keep the carbon in the soil!" 350 dot org ✔ @350 · 9h HAPPENING NOW: school strikers with @f4f_nyc and @GretaThunberg are striking outside the UN. #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 350 dot org ✔ @350 The youth strikers with @f4f_nyc have unique demands for the #ClimateStrike in NYC on Sept 20: ❌No more fossil fuels 🌎Globally equitable climate solutions + environmental justice 💰Hold corporate polluters accountable#StrikeWithUs where you live: http://350.org/strike Embedded video: https://twitter.com/350/status/1170002773728997376 10:56 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Friday was the second consecutive week that Thunberg joined youth protests for urgent climate action outside the U.N. headquarters following her two-week journey across the Atlantic on a carbon emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg tweeted Friday, "Even though I've taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am." Greta Thunberg ✔ @GretaThunberg School strike week 55. New York City. Even though I’ve taken a sabbatical year from school, I will still demonstrate every Friday wherever I am. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 10:21 AM - Sep 6, 2019 Xiye Bastida of Fridays For Future NYC explained that the global strike on Sept. 20 "isn't a goal, it's a catalyst for future action." "It's a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth," Bastida continued. "It's a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with every other issue. It's a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists who won't stop fighting until the climate emergency is over." A campaign by U.K. Student Climate Network shared a video promoting the actions Friday that caught the attention of author and activist Naomi Klein—one of the high-profile adult climate leaders who have spoken out in support of the global strike. Naomi Klein ✔ @NaomiAKlein Love this. https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 … YouthStrike4Climate 🌍 @Strike4Youth We’re told we can shop our way out of the climate crisis😂Let’s get serious! ✊🏾 Find your nearest climate strike on Fri 20 Sept https://www.ukscn.org/events/r/twclvid2 …#ClimateStrike #GlobalClimateStrike #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateEmergency #UniteForClimate Embedded video: https://twitter.com/Strike4Youth/status/1169929252856315905 6:46 AM - Sep 6, 2019 In addition to NYC, activists are organizing strikes in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other major U.S. cities. Jesus Villalba Gastelum, a 16-year-old Earth Uprising L.A. city coordinator and Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles organizer, noted that L.A. is "a diverse city of many roots, including Indigenous, Mexican, Spanish, American, and Tongva." "We are organizing the L.A. Youth Climate Strike from a place of love, hope, and resolve," said Villalba Gastelum. "Our march is calling out inaction on the climate crisis, and stands in support of refugee rights, human rights, and dignity for all." Villalba Gastelum added that "while this mobilization is youth led, we welcome people of all generations to join us." Looking ahead to the upcoming actions around the world, Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder said Friday that "our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it. We are the new face of the climate revolution and we demand just and equitable climate action." The Future Coalition, which is coordinating the U.S. youth-led strikes, has released a list of demands for the actions. Fast Company detailed those demands in a report earlier this week: A Green New Deal: Building on "the" Green New Deal resolution in Congress, this calls for transforming the economy to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, while creating jobs and ending leases and permits for fossil fuel projects. Respect for indigenous land and sovereignty: Honoring treaties protecting indigenous land by ending resource extraction in and affecting those areas. Environmental justice: Investing in the communities affected most by poverty and pollution. Protecting biodiversity: Protecting and restoring 50 percent of the world’s lands and oceans and stopping all deforestation by 2030. Sustainable agriculture: Investing in regenerative agriculture and ending subsidies for industrial agriculture. "Too often, we think about solutions in a very small-minded way, inside the box," 19-year-old Eder told Fast Company. "We don't have time to stay in the box. We really need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past." 350.org executive director May Boeve, in the group's statement Friday, outlined the emergency the world currently faces and what needs to be done to address it. "Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. Fighting climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics—it's about fighting for a just and sustainable world that works for all of us," she said. "We need to start by phasing out fossil fuels, building real and long lasting solutions, and prioritizing the communities at the frontline of the climate crisis."
    With Two Weeks Until #GlobalClimateStrike, Organizing Intensifies in 100+ Countries to Win 'Livable Future for All'
    "Our message will be clear—we must act now to avoid the worst effects of climate change because all of our lives depend upon it."
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  • "Don't Just Watch Us. Join Us," Say Activists, as Greta Thunberg Joins Climate Strike Outside UN Headquarters
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/dont-just-watch-us-join-us-say-activists-greta-thunberg-joins-climate-strike-outside
    Andrea Germanos, staff writer

    Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg—fresh off a two-week transatlantic journey on a fossil fuel-free vessel—joined other climate protesters in New York City on Friday to continue the demand for bold action to address the planetary crisis.

    The dozens of activists gathered outside the United Nations headquarters held placards saying "Act now" and "Our future," and chanted messages including "System change, not climate change."

    ABC News, on Twitter, shared live video of Thunberg and other youths taking part in the protest, who urged, "Don't just watch us; join us."

    Greta Thunberg ✔ @id546929251 (@GretaThunberg)
    School strike week 54. In New York. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike
    View image on Twitter
    1:03 PM - Aug 30, 2019

    The Guardian posted a livestream of the protest:
    https://youtu.be/aMgOg-tv6b0

    Lindsay Meiman @lindsaymeim14
    .@f4f_nyc & @id546929251 (@GretaThunberg) #ClimateStrike outside the UN today.
    See you Sept 20: http://strikewithus.org
    View image on Twitter
    9:58 AM - Aug 30, 2019

    Among the climate activists in the crowd was 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor, who's been outside the U.N. headquarters every Friday for more than nine months as part of the school strike for climate movement catalyzed by Thunberg.

    Alexandria Villaseñor @AlexandriaV2005
    This Friday, August 30th, we will #ClimateStrike at 11 AM in front of the United Nations Headquarters (42nd & 1st).
    It will be my 38th week & I'm bringing a friend.
    View image on Twitter
    5:39 PM - Aug 28, 2019 · Manhattan, NY

    Thunberg arrived in New York Wednesday on the Malizia II with her father, sailors Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann, and a documentary filmmaker. Her time in the Americas is set to include taking part in the global climate strikes beginning Sept. 20 and participating in the COP25 climate conference in Santiago, Chile, in December.

    "The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis, and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced," Thunberg told a crowd of supporters upon her arrival. "And if we don't manage to work together to cooperate... despite our differences, then we will fail. So we need to stand together."

    "Let's not wait any longer," she said. "Let's do it now.
    "Don't Just Watch Us. Join Us," Say Activists, as Greta Thunberg Joins Climate Strike Outside UN Headquarters https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/30/dont-just-watch-us-join-us-say-activists-greta-thunberg-joins-climate-strike-outside Andrea Germanos, staff writer Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg—fresh off a two-week transatlantic journey on a fossil fuel-free vessel—joined other climate protesters in New York City on Friday to continue the demand for bold action to address the planetary crisis. The dozens of activists gathered outside the United Nations headquarters held placards saying "Act now" and "Our future," and chanted messages including "System change, not climate change." ABC News, on Twitter, shared live video of Thunberg and other youths taking part in the protest, who urged, "Don't just watch us; join us." Greta Thunberg ✔ @id546929251 (@GretaThunberg) School strike week 54. In New York. #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #ClimateStrike View image on Twitter 1:03 PM - Aug 30, 2019 The Guardian posted a livestream of the protest: https://youtu.be/aMgOg-tv6b0 Lindsay Meiman @lindsaymeim14 .@f4f_nyc & @id546929251 (@GretaThunberg) #ClimateStrike outside the UN today. See you Sept 20: http://strikewithus.org View image on Twitter 9:58 AM - Aug 30, 2019 Among the climate activists in the crowd was 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor, who's been outside the U.N. headquarters every Friday for more than nine months as part of the school strike for climate movement catalyzed by Thunberg. Alexandria Villaseñor @AlexandriaV2005 This Friday, August 30th, we will #ClimateStrike at 11 AM in front of the United Nations Headquarters (42nd & 1st). It will be my 38th week & I'm bringing a friend. View image on Twitter 5:39 PM - Aug 28, 2019 · Manhattan, NY Thunberg arrived in New York Wednesday on the Malizia II with her father, sailors Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann, and a documentary filmmaker. Her time in the Americas is set to include taking part in the global climate strikes beginning Sept. 20 and participating in the COP25 climate conference in Santiago, Chile, in December. "The climate and ecological crisis is a global crisis, and the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced," Thunberg told a crowd of supporters upon her arrival. "And if we don't manage to work together to cooperate... despite our differences, then we will fail. So we need to stand together." "Let's not wait any longer," she said. "Let's do it now.
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  • 'The Climate Crisis Doesn't Go on Summer Holiday, And Neither Will We,' Says Greta Thunberg as #FridaysForFuture Returns to the Streets
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/05/climate-crisis-doesnt-go-summer-holiday-and-neither-will-we-says-greta-thunberg
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    For many children around the world, school is out for summer—but that hasn't stopped youth activists from taking to the streets to demand governments pursue bold solutions to battle the global climate emergency.

    "The climate crisis doesn't go on summer holiday, and neither will we. We go on," tweeted Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who sparked the global climate student strike movement by protesting alone outside her country's parliament last year.

    As experts continue to sound the alarm over record-breaking temperatures worldwide, youth strikers from across the globe posted photos of their demonstrations Friday on social media with the hashtags #FridaysForFuture, #SchoolStrike4Climate, and #ClimateStrike.

    "As days passes by, so does our future draw nearer. It doesn't matter the course you study nor your age, we need you to join climate justice," said organizer Oladosu Adenike, sharing a photo of schoolchildren in Nigeria.

    Youth in Dhaka, Bangladesh held signs that read "save the Earth, save yourself" and "come forward to save our tomorrow."

    Tweeting from Turkey, 11-year-old Deniz Çevikus reported from a popular spot beside the Bosporus that "people are interested but shy."

    Others shared photos from Germany, Uganda, and Switzerland:

    The climate action group Extinction Rebellion tweeted Friday that "the millions of children striking from school will become millions of adults striking from work if our governments continue to fail to #ActNow on the climate and ecological emergencies."

    In May, as Common Dreams reported, "well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests." The adults announced in an op-ed that on Sept. 20, "we're walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face."

    Penn State University climate scientist Michael E. Mann was among those who signed on to the op-ed. In an interview with Hill[dot]TV that aired earlier this week, Mann said that to combat the climate crisis, "we do need a world-war type mobilization and that means putting in place incentives to move our economy as quickly as we can away from fossil fuels to renewable energy."

    "There's a legitimate policy debate to be had about how we do that, but there isn't a legitimate debate to be had anymore about the need to do that," added Mann, who also argued that electing any Democratic 2020 candidate would be better than re-electing President Donald Trump.

    "There's a world of difference of between where the Trump administration is and all of the Democrats, and I would hate to see too much infighting at this point," Mann said. "Let's make sure that we elect a president who's not going to continue to lead us backward and defy the rest of the world as we try to act on this existential threat."
    'The Climate Crisis Doesn't Go on Summer Holiday, And Neither Will We,' Says Greta Thunberg as #FridaysForFuture Returns to the Streets https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/05/climate-crisis-doesnt-go-summer-holiday-and-neither-will-we-says-greta-thunberg Jessica Corbett, staff writer For many children around the world, school is out for summer—but that hasn't stopped youth activists from taking to the streets to demand governments pursue bold solutions to battle the global climate emergency. "The climate crisis doesn't go on summer holiday, and neither will we. We go on," tweeted Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who sparked the global climate student strike movement by protesting alone outside her country's parliament last year. As experts continue to sound the alarm over record-breaking temperatures worldwide, youth strikers from across the globe posted photos of their demonstrations Friday on social media with the hashtags #FridaysForFuture, #SchoolStrike4Climate, and #ClimateStrike. "As days passes by, so does our future draw nearer. It doesn't matter the course you study nor your age, we need you to join climate justice," said organizer Oladosu Adenike, sharing a photo of schoolchildren in Nigeria. Youth in Dhaka, Bangladesh held signs that read "save the Earth, save yourself" and "come forward to save our tomorrow." Tweeting from Turkey, 11-year-old Deniz Çevikus reported from a popular spot beside the Bosporus that "people are interested but shy." Others shared photos from Germany, Uganda, and Switzerland: The climate action group Extinction Rebellion tweeted Friday that "the millions of children striking from school will become millions of adults striking from work if our governments continue to fail to #ActNow on the climate and ecological emergencies." In May, as Common Dreams reported, "well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests." The adults announced in an op-ed that on Sept. 20, "we're walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face." Penn State University climate scientist Michael E. Mann was among those who signed on to the op-ed. In an interview with Hill[dot]TV that aired earlier this week, Mann said that to combat the climate crisis, "we do need a world-war type mobilization and that means putting in place incentives to move our economy as quickly as we can away from fossil fuels to renewable energy." "There's a legitimate policy debate to be had about how we do that, but there isn't a legitimate debate to be had anymore about the need to do that," added Mann, who also argued that electing any Democratic 2020 candidate would be better than re-electing President Donald Trump. "There's a world of difference of between where the Trump administration is and all of the Democrats, and I would hate to see too much infighting at this point," Mann said. "Let's make sure that we elect a president who's not going to continue to lead us backward and defy the rest of the world as we try to act on this existential threat."
    'The Climate Crisis Doesn't Go on Summer Holiday, And Neither Will We,' Says Greta Thunberg as #FridaysForFuture Returns to the Streets
    A campaigner in Nigeria adds, "It doesn't matter the course you study nor your age, we need you to join climate justice."
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  • 'Beautiful Trouble' Grows With Friday Climate Strikes on Multiple Continents
    Over 700 Strikes Set To Take Place
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/beautiful-trouble-grows-friday-climate-strikes-multiple-continents
    Andrea Germanos, staff writer

    The momentum for the weekly climate strikes shows no sign of abating as young people in hundreds of communities across the globe are hitting the streets on Friday to make a stand against the environmental crisis.

    "We can make a difference," said Matilda Lane-Rose, one of the protesters in Perth, Australia.

    The Fridays for Future website has 725 strikes mapped out for the day.

    They cover the Americas from Canada to Chile; Europe from Norway to Italy; Africa from Mauritania to South Africa; Asia from South Korea to India in Asia; and multiple marches in Australia and New Zealand.

    Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who catalyzed the school strikes, said in a tweet that they "will be extra big in Canada, India, USA, Mexico, and Australia."

    One of the Australian actions took place in the city of Newcastle. A social media user who captured video of the youthful climate strikers there framed their action as "beautiful trouble."

    Images of other rallies are being shared on social media:

    The global actions drew cheers from the Sunrise Movement—a driving force behind the pending Green New Deal legislation in the U.S.

    New data on levels of atmospheric CO2 backs up the climate protesters' demand for swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.

    Referring to April's average of 413.2 ppm, meteorologist and Grist writer Eric Holthaus tweeted, "This is an emergency."

    On Twitter, follow the hashtags #YouthClimateStrike, #SchoolStrike4Climate, and #FridaysforFuture to follow the day's actions as they unfold.
    'Beautiful Trouble' Grows With Friday Climate Strikes on Multiple Continents Over 700 Strikes Set To Take Place https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/03/beautiful-trouble-grows-friday-climate-strikes-multiple-continents Andrea Germanos, staff writer The momentum for the weekly climate strikes shows no sign of abating as young people in hundreds of communities across the globe are hitting the streets on Friday to make a stand against the environmental crisis. "We can make a difference," said Matilda Lane-Rose, one of the protesters in Perth, Australia. The Fridays for Future website has 725 strikes mapped out for the day. They cover the Americas from Canada to Chile; Europe from Norway to Italy; Africa from Mauritania to South Africa; Asia from South Korea to India in Asia; and multiple marches in Australia and New Zealand. Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who catalyzed the school strikes, said in a tweet that they "will be extra big in Canada, India, USA, Mexico, and Australia." One of the Australian actions took place in the city of Newcastle. A social media user who captured video of the youthful climate strikers there framed their action as "beautiful trouble." Images of other rallies are being shared on social media: The global actions drew cheers from the Sunrise Movement—a driving force behind the pending Green New Deal legislation in the U.S. New data on levels of atmospheric CO2 backs up the climate protesters' demand for swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. Referring to April's average of 413.2 ppm, meteorologist and Grist writer Eric Holthaus tweeted, "This is an emergency." On Twitter, follow the hashtags #YouthClimateStrike, #SchoolStrike4Climate, and #FridaysforFuture to follow the day's actions as they unfold.
    'Beautiful Trouble' Grows With Friday Climate Strikes on Multiple Continents
    Over 700 strikes set to take place
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