tech2 News StaffSep 24, 2019 15:08:35 IST
Millions of activists, citizens, students and employees around the world will take to the streets on 20 September with one demand: that policymakers and world leaders "listen to the science" and take urgent action to deal with climate change. This is the third in a series of organised international strikes led by Fridays for Future, an international organisation set up by school students who take time off from school on Fridays to protest for due attention to climate change and global warming.
The Strike is timed to coincide with some big international events: the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September, and the IPCC Oceans and Cryosphere Report, due on 25 September. Before climate experts, international delegates and policymakers gather to chart out, kids have set out to make headlines in the days leading up to these important meetings. Millions of people are expected to take to the streets to pressure global leaders to respond to climate change on the war footing.
What are the demands?
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist that founded Fridays For Future, has just one demand underpinner her year-long stint in climate activism: that governments, politicians and the powers that be "listen to the science and act accordingly." Recently, while speaking to the US Congress, she reiterated her demand when she said, “I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind the science and I want you to take real action.”
The UN Summit on 23 September, to which the Climate Strike was timed, is an emergency meeting of world leaders delving into six factors – energy and industry transition; the role of nature-based solutions like reduced deforestation; climate finance and carbon pricing, among others World leader, environmentalists and conservationists will be debating, discussing and finding ways to ensure that the Paris Agreement to cap the global warming at 1.5ºC is adhered to.
How to take part in the Climate Strike
While there are weekly marches that happen all over the world on Fridays, this strike will take place on a global scale. 150 countries and a few million kids are expected to join in the march. What also sets this strike apart is the number of companies that will be participating as well. Eg Amazon, Tumblr, etc etc.
You can show your support to this cause by taking part in the strike and raising your voice. You can join the closest strike to you, since they happen in most major cities.
When and where is the strike?
The strike is taking place on Friday, 20 September and will mark the beginning of the Climate Action Week which will end on Friday 27 September.
The strikes will take place at various locations and times locally. In India, here's a list of all of the regions that have registered to strike, based on the Fridays for Future page:
Badvel, Andhra Pradesh
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
East Khasi Hills, Maharashtra
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Kolkata, West Bengal
Kurai, Madhya Pradesh
The full list and exact locations of the closest strike to you are available here, or you can click through the map for a glimpse of some major cities hosting the strike.
Strikers are encouraged to bring placards with powerful, environment-friendly messages that are made from reusable materials. The Global Strike website has a neat selection of helpful tips for volunteers here.