Student-led global climate change protests

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jerrym

Here is more information on the September 20 -27th student strikes in Canada and the rest of the world. 

September Strike Map of locations in Canada are shown on the map at the url below

https://climatestrikecanada.org/september

If you don't see your strike on the map yet. Fill out this Google Form with your strike details and we will add it to the map.

September 20th

Students around the world will be striking from school. Many local Climate Strike Canada groups will be holding coordinated die-ins at 12pm PST/3pm EST. Some smaller groups will be having their main September strike on the 20th. 

September 21st-26th

Many cities across Canada will be holding daily actions to keep up the momentum throughout the week. 

September 27th

Students all across Canada will strike from school for the climate. This strike will be similar to previous ones on May 3rd and March 15th, only on a much larger scale. We will be joined by adults participating in a general #EarthStrike around the world. 

Who is welcome?

EVERYONE!! Though the September strikes will be organized and led by students, we welcome everyone to our movement. Find a strike near you and join us in demanding climate action before it’s too late. The September 27th strike will feed into the Canadian election rhetoric, and will incentivize political candidates to step up, and make the climate crisis the foremost issue in this election. Visit our contact page to get involved in planning one of the largest nation-wide protests in Canadian history, or click here to find an activist group in your area.

jerrym

Since Tuesday of this week the number of Student Strikes for Climate Change scheduled from September 20-27th around the world has grown from 3,395 to 4,118 in more than 150 countries. This set of student strikes is expected to exceed the 1.5 million student strikers for climate action that occurred on March 15th. 

Student Strikes for Climate Action come just before the United Nations meeting for the Climate Action Summit which will be held on September 23, where countries are supposed to ramp up their ambitions to dramatically cut greenhouse gases under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. A second worldwide strike is planned for September 27.

Greta Thunberg has agreed to attend the Montreal student strike, which is expected to have 300,000 protesters marching, although she turned down an offer to speak to the National Assembly in Quebec City. 

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante took to Twitter this morning to make the announcement, adding that she and Thunberg will be among “the 300,000 people expected to march for the climate in Montréal on September 27.” 

https://dailyhive.com/montreal/greta-thunberg-key-city-montreal

Aware that Montreal has been one of the world's strongest cities in supporting Student Strikes for Climate Action, Greta Thunberg, the autistic 15 year old girl who started what started a global movement in August 218 by protesting outside Swedish Parliament alone about political inaction on climate change (https://en.wikipedia.org/The

"The young activist has previously expressed support for activism in Montreal during the 'student strike' demonstrations back on March 15. "The Montreal march was one of the largest demonstrations in the world during the Friday for the Future Global Walkout, with more than 150,000 students taking part. " (https://www.mtlblog.com/news/canada/qc/montreal/greta-thunberg-wants-to-...)

jerrym

Millions of students and supporters have come out to support the Student Strikes for Climate Action started a week long global set of demonstrations before a United Nations meeting on the issue. 

Millions were taking to the streets in roughly 150 countries around the world on Friday for a global strike demanding world leaders gathering at a UN climate summit adopt urgent measures to avert an environmental catastrophe.

The protests kicked off in the Pacific islands — some of the nations most threatened by rising sea levels — and Australia, where social media posts showed huge demonstrations around the country, from the big coastal cities of Melbourne and Sydney to outback towns such as Alice Springs.  

 

 

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People participating in the global climate strike at a rally in Australia on Friday. (https://www.businessinsider.com/global-climate-strike-photos-show-protes...)

 Glenn Hunt/Getty Images

The worldwide strike was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. ...

The co-ordinated student "strike" culminated in New York's financial centre, Wall Street, where some investors have embraced the fossil fuel industry. Massive crowds overwhelmed the streets of lower Manhattan, letting out roars of "Save our planet," while anticipating an address by Thunberg.

"Right now, we are the ones who are making a difference. If no one else will take action, then we will," Greta Thunberg told demonstrators in New York. ...

"We demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?" she said.

Three million people had participated worldwide as of midday ET, organizers with the anti-fossil fuels group 350 said. Britain's Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that 100,000 people joined the demonstration in London. ...

Protests extended beyond student-led demonstrations, with hundreds of Amazon workers walking out of their offices in Seattle, Wash. The employees held signs, some made from recycled Amazon boxes, that urged the company to stop dealing with oil and gas companies and to not make political contributions to people who deny climate change.

Amazon, which ships more than 10 billion items a year, vowed Thursday to cut its use of fossil fuels. It said it had ordered 100,000 electric vans to deliver packages beginning in 2021.

Employees of Google also participated in demonstrations, as about 60 gathered in downtown San Francisco and marched to join a larger, student-led climate strike in the city. One held a sign reading: "Google Do Better." 

In Brazil, thousands mounted climate demonstrations of their own, largely aimed at President Jair Bolsonaro, whom they say is allowing fires to destroy the Amazon rainforest and worsen the environmental crisis. On Twitter, Brazilians tweeted #EleNao and #ForaSalles, calls to reject Bolsonaro and oust Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Protesters criticized and mocked the two leaders with signs and costumes.

A few dozen people, mostly students, gathered on the steps of Rio de Janeiro's state assembly behind a banner reading "climate justice."

Global anxiety has focused on Brazil since August, when it was revealed fires in the Amazon have surged to their highest level since 2010. Many environmentalists blame Bolsonaro for policies they say favour development over environmental protections, and which have led to deforestation. ...

In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a major new climate protection package thrashed out by parties in her coalition in all-night talks. ...

The UN summit brings together world leaders to discuss climate change mitigation strategies, such as transitioning to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels. The issue is vital to low-lying Pacific islands, which have repeatedly asked wealthier nations to do more to prevent rising sea levels. Children in the Solomon Islands rallied on the shoreline wearing traditional grass skirts and carrying wooden shields in solidarity with the global movement. ...

Carbon emissions climbed to a record last year, despite a warning from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October that output of the gases must be slashed over the next 12 years to stabilize the climate.

No protests were authorized in China, the world's biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, but Zheng Xiaowen of the China Youth Climate Action Network said Chinese youth would take action one way or another.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/students-global-strike-climate-action-1.52...

jerrym

In Vancouver there was also a demonstration.

In Vancouver Friday, hundreds of teenagers staged a “die-in,” a creative form of non-violent action.

Several hundred school children and their supporters took to the streets of downtown Vancouver, BC as part of a global climate action protest Friday, September 20, 2019. The youth staged a die-in at Pacific Centre mall, rallied at the art gallery before ending their march at the offices of mining company Teck, where fake blood was poured on the building’s steps and another die-in was staged. JASON PAYNE /  PNG

Sustainabiliteens, the organizers of the event, began their protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon and then moved to the food court at Pacific Centre mall in downtown Vancouver.

The group says it will be “a historic week of action for climate justice,” which will culminate next Friday with a general strike.

“Essentially a die-in is a staged protest where we conspicuously go to a target location and lie on the floor and act dead. It’s a signalling of the danger of inaction. This is what our bleak future looks like,” said Samantha Lin, a Grade 12 student at Vancouver’s Prince of Wales Secondary School and member of Sustainabiliteens. ...

She said the group is made up of “youth across Metro Vancouver, mostly teenagers in high school, coming together for a common goal.”

Today’s die-in at the art gallery is the beginning of a “week of action” culminating in a massive strike planned for next Friday at Vancouver City Hall, said Lin. She is feeling the building of momentum around the events.

“It’s not just youth coming together, but also adults, unions. The City of Vancouver is supportive. The BCTF, which is important, because students will be walking out of schools.” ...

Vancouver city council has passed a motion supporting the strike and asked staff to reach out and discuss ways of offering support.

The BC Teachers’ Federation has said it is encouraging administrators to excuse student absences today and next Friday and also to provide support for teachers planning field trips on those days. ...

Many adults also came out to support the students in Vancouver Friday. Anne Hansen, 61, held a placard that read “The kids are the only adults in the room. I am just in awe of these young people and their maturity, and their concern, and their togetherness and ability to organize these things. They are way more mature than I was at their age,” she said.

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/live-vancouver-youth-to-join-mi...

jerrym

Science Alert has joined the Students Strike for Climate Action protests. 

This September, the world is taking a stand on climate change, and it's going to be like nothing you've ever seen before.

It starts with the kids. This generation of school students is living at an unprecedented time in human history, with each year in their short lives hotter than the last, with ice at the poles of our planet continuing to melt at an alarming rate, with Earth's climate plunged into a chaos we've never experienced. No wonder our youngest generation has just about had it with the greed, inaction, and lack of political will displayed by adults in power - the ones who could do something about stopping destructive carbon emissions and limiting global warming to below 1.5°C.

From 20 to 27 September 2019, millions of young people across the world will be taking their stand on climate change with strikes and protests, and it's our responsibility as adults to support them in every way we can.

"We feel a lot of adults haven't quite understood that we young people won't hold off the climate crisis ourselves," the young activists who are mobilising this mass resistance wrote back in May. Sorry if this is inconvenient for you. But this is not a single-generation job. It's humanity's job." ...

ScienceAlert has joined the Covering Climate Now initiative co-founded by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation. It's a commitment by more than 200 media outlets across the world to strengthen our focus on climate change from 16 to 23 September, ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

And we won't stop there; we'll be doing our own version of a digital strike on 20 September. True to our name, ScienceAlert is a science news publication, and we're fully independent from any of the financial interests that have marred public debate on climate change action for decades.

If there are any 'sides' to be picked here, we science journalists always side with the science. And the scientific case for human-induced climate change is crystalline. Earth and climate scientists the world over have come out in strong support of the student protests, making it clear that the young activists' "concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate."

However, as catastrophic as it all sounds, it doesn't mean humanity is helpless. "Our scientific understanding of currently observed and projected future climate impacts clearly calls for the transformation of our energy systems and our society at all scales and across all sectors in order to rapidly decarbonise our economy," an open letter signed by hundreds of scientists stated in March in support of school climate strikes. Those who oppose specific policies have an obligation to offer viable and effective alternatives at a scale commensurate with the problem. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away."

If you're one of those people unwilling to accept this reality, you can comfortably end up on the wrong side of history, shouting about volcanoesand natural planetary changes, while the rest of humanity works to find a way out of this mess.

"Together, we will sound the alarm and show our politicians that business as usual is no longer an option. The climate crisis won't wait, so neither will we," states the Global Climate Strike website.

That's why we're proud to announce that on 20 September 2019, ScienceAlert has pledged to not do business as usual. You won't get any of the exciting science news you're used to seeing in your feeds every day.

But we won't stay silent, either. While our editorial team takes the day off to join climate strikes across the country here in Australia and over in the US and UK, our homepage will be filled exclusively with climate stories we're the most passionate about sharing. Stay tuned.

https://www.sciencealert.com/sciencealert-is-joining-the-global-climate-...

 

jerrym

An estimated four million people took part in Student Strikes for Climate Action around the world on Friday in what is likely to be the largest mass protest in history. 

Protesters at the Global Climate Strike fill a street in Krakow, Poland.

Students, parents, and activists at the 2019 Global Climate Strike in Krakow, Poland.Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Friday was a truly historic day for the potent new social movement committed to sounding a global alarm about the climate crisis. The Global Climate Strikes, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, age 16, may end up being the largest mass protest for action on global warming in history. 

The exact number of participants worldwide will be hard to get. But the event was truly global and astonishingly well organized: There were over 2,500 events scheduled in over 163 countries on all seven continents. ...

And according to 350.org, a major environmental advocacy group and a co-organizer of today’s events, more than 4 million people worldwide took part. 

There were 40,000 people striking in France; 2,600 in Ukraine; 5,000 in South Africa; 10,000 in Turkey; 5,000 in Japan; 100,000 in London; 330,000 in Australia; 250,000 in NYC; and 1.4 million in Germany, 350.org told us. ...

China, the largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, was noticeably absent from the images of protesters shared by Thunberg and other organizers on Twitter. According to the Guardian, “No protests were authorized in China ... but Zheng Xiaowen of the China Youth Climate Action Network said Chinese youth would take action one way or another.”

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/9/20/20876143/climate-st...

jerrym

Here's a video of the New York City Student Strike for Climate Action.

https://twitter.com/galeabrewer/status/1175094173818589184

jerrym

Jeremy Corbyn comments below on the Student Strikes for Climate Action to the 100,000 protesters in London.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One hundred thousand in London, thousands more around our country and millions across the world.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateStrike?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClimateStrike</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZATQEwUtrv">pic.twitter.com/ZATQEwUtrv</a></p>&mdash; Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) <a href="https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1175293077449105408?ref_src=twsr...">September 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

jerrym

Below is a twitter photo of the Global Strike for Climate Justice in India.

https://twitter.com/HemantaTOI/status/1175117625807884288

jerrym

Photos From Around The World Show The Reach Of The Global Climate

RODGER BOSCH VIA GETTY IMAGES

Thousands of people take part in a protest for climate action on Sept. 20, 2019, in Cape Town, as part of a Global Climate action day.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175125324599898112

jerrym

Photos From Around The World Show The Reach Of The Global Climate

THOMAS SAMSON VIA GETTY IMAGES

People take part in a protest for climate action on Sept. 20, 2019, in Paris, as part of a global climate action day.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175125324599898112

jerrym

Photos From Around The World Show The Reach Of The Global Climate

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Young women attend a climate strike rally as Afghan security forces guard them in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2019.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175125324599898112 

jerrym

Photos From Around The World Show The Reach Of The Global Climate

THIERRY MONASSE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Young protesters hold up banners and chant during the third edition of the “Global Strike For Future” Belgium march to raise awareness for climate change on Friday Sept. 20, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175125324599898112

jerrym

Below is a video of tens of thousands Student Strikers for climate action in Freiburg,Germany, a city of 220,000.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175125324599898112

jerrym

Here is a video of the Student Strike for Climate Action in Seattle.

https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1175158887089156097

jerrym

Below is a video from Vanuatu one of the South Pacific island nations that will disappear due to sea level rise unless the world greatly reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. 

https://twitter.com/minhtngo/status/1175108709665533952

 

jerrym

This video shows the Student Strike for Climate Action in Thailand.

https://twitter.com/minhtngo/status/1175155702353948672

jerrym

Below is a video of the Student Strike for Climate Action in Nairobi, Kenya. 

https://twitter.com/minhtngo/status/1175084746679865344

jerrym

There were also large Student Strikes for Climate Action in Japan. 

Photo/Illutration

Protesters in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward taking part in the worldwide Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909210023.html

jerrym

Greta Thunberg blasted our leaders and adults for failing to deal with climate change in her speech before the United Nations today. The video of the speech can be found at the url below.

The United Nations U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had warned governments ahead of the event that they would have to offer action plans to qualify to speak at the summit, which is aimed at boosting the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming. Canada cannot participate because we have no action plan that will be accepted since our Liberal government is in the middle of an election and therefore cannot certify that it has a plan that will be implemented after the election since it might not win. How convenient!

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Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change – “How dare you,” she said. ...

A visibly emotional Thunberg, 16, said in stern remarks at the opening of the summit that the generations that have polluted the most have burdened her and her generation with the extreme impacts of climate change.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you,” said the Swedish teenager, her voice quivering.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can think about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” Thunberg said, adding that the plans that leaders will unveil will not be enough to respond to the rate of the planet’s warming.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5940258/greta-thunberg-speech-un/

NDPP

"Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, was told he doesn't have the right pass to hold a press conference at the UN Climate Summit.

https://twitter.com/dharnanoor/status/1176172427191234560

"He was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his life of work to protect the Amazon."

Sorry Chief, only Greta...

jerrym

The Student Strikes on Climate Action and Greta Thunberg's speech to United Nations going on this week were planned to coincide with the release of the the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (the ice covered areas of the Earth) in a Changing Climate, in order to have a maximum effect on public and governmental opinion. This report, which was released today, shows that the concerns of global youth that our governments and adults in general are not dealing in anything approaching an effective manner with global warming are true. This report is even more dire than any previous IPCC report on climate change. 

With sea level rise, loss of coral and the habitat it provides for millions of species, the loss of glaciers, sea ice and permafrost, and the threats to many of the world's coastal cities, the failure to deal with global warming by  governments, corporations and society as a whole in the past leaves us with the greatest crisis of the 21st century. 

Coral reefs are threatened by the acidification of the oceans

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Climate change is devastating our seas and frozen regions as never before, a major new United Nations report warns. According to a UN panel of scientists, waters are rising, the ice is melting, and species are moving habitat due to human activities. And the loss of permanently frozen lands threatens to unleash even more carbon, hastening the decline. ...

The scientists are "virtually certain" that the global ocean has now warmed without pause since 1970. The waters have soaked up more than 90% of the extra heat generated by humans over the past decades, and the rate at which it has taken up this heat has doubled since 1993. The seas were once rising mainly due to thermal expansion - which refers to the way the volume of water expands when it is heated. The extra energy makes the water molecules move around more, causing them to take up more space. But the IPCC says rising water levels are now being driven principally by the melting of Greenland and Antarctica. ...

 The loss of mass (which refers to the amount of ice that melts and is lost as liquid water) from the Antarctic ice sheet in the years between 2007 and 2016 tripled compared to the 10 years previously. Greenland saw a doubling of mass loss over the same period. The report expects this to continue throughout the 21st Century and beyond. For glaciers in areas like the tropical Andes, Central Europe and North Asia, the projections are that they will lose 80% of their ice by 2100 under a high carbon emissions scenario. This will have huge consequences for millions of people. ...

All this extra water gushing down to the seas is driving up average ocean water levels around the world. That will continue over the decades to come. This new report says that global average sea levels could increase by up to 1.1m by 2100, in the worst warming scenario. This is a rise of 10cm on previous IPCC projections because of the larger ice loss now happening in Antarctica. ...

Under higher emissions scenarios, even wealthy megacities such as New York or Shanghai and large tropical agricultural deltas such as the Mekong will face high or very high risks from sea level rise.

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The report says that a world with severely increased levels of warm water will in turn give rise to big increases in nasty and dangerous weather events, such as surges from tropical cyclones. ...

Huge amounts of carbon are stored in the permanently frozen regions of the world such as in Siberia and Northern Canada. These are likely to change dramatically, with around 70% of the near surface permafrost set to thaw if emissions continue to rise. The big worry is that this could free up "tens to hundreds of billions of tonnes" of CO2 and methane to the atmosphere by 2100. This would be a significant limitation on our ability to limit global warming in the centuries to come. ...

There are some warnings in the report that some changes may not be easily undone. Data from Antarctica suggests the onset of "irreversible ice sheet instability" which could see sea level rise by several metres within centuries. ...

"We give this sea level rise information to 2300, and the reason for that is that there is a lot of change locked in, to the ice sheets and the contribution that will have to sea level rise," said Dr Nerilie Abram from the Australian National University in Canberra, who's a contributing lead author on the report. So even in a scenario where we can reduce greenhouse gases, there are still future sea level rise that people will have to plan for."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49817804

 

Paladin1

NDPP wrote:

"Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, was told he doesn't have the right pass to hold a press conference at the UN Climate Summit.

https://twitter.com/dharnanoor/status/1176172427191234560

"He was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his life of work to protect the Amazon."

Sorry Chief, only Greta...

Does Greta Thunberg have a plan to tackle climate change?

lagatta4

I agree about Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, on the frontlines. And remember that circumpolar peoples (Inuit, Saami, Nenets etc) are also very much at risk, as are the peoples of the taiga just to their south. Remember that parts of the taiga and the mossy tundra were also burning, with the Amazon! Those weren't the parts north of here (Nunavik, Nunavut) but Eastern Siberia and Alaska.

It is a great and global movement as the photos indicate, but please, it must include the populations most directly affected.

NorthReport

What a useless headline/poll. 

The one percenters wealth has skyrocketed so let's force them to pay which will be a drop in the bucket for them

Canadians want to stop climate change — but half don’t want to pay an extra cent: Ipsos poll

https://globalnews.ca/news/5948758/canadians-climate-change-ipsos-poll/

jerrym

NDPP wrote:

"Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, was told he doesn't have the right pass to hold a press conference at the UN Climate Summit.

https://twitter.com/dharnanoor/status/1176172427191234560

"He was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his life of work to protect the Amazon."

Sorry Chief, only Greta...

I agree that Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo, should have been allowed to speak at the UN meeting because indigenous people around the world are some of those most affected by global warming. Unfortunately, as on some many other issues, indigenous people are ignored.

Greta Thunberg has been repeatedly outspoken on how people in the Third World and indigenous people are being ignored like the world's youth when it comes to climate change. 

 

jerrym

Paladin1 wrote:

Does Greta Thunberg have a plan to tackle climate change?

Thunberg is a sixteen year old girl who began her protest alone in front of the Swedish Parliament. Her strategy is protesting how climate change is destroying the future of those who are too young to vote and future generations has caught on globally because youth see that they will be the biggest losers from global warming as the effects of climate change grow worse and worse over time. Without the vote, money or power they have pushed the global warming issue  to the top of the politicial agenda, dragging the politicians along to say the right thing.

Sixty nations have pledged at the UN meeting this week to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 as mass pressure on them has grown, with a significant part of this coming from global youth. Do I believe the politicians or Trudeau? No. But as Thunberg said "We'll be watching you". They are pushing as hard as they can and will continue to pressure the politicians well into the future because their own futures depend on it.

The tragedy is that by the time their votes may be decisive in changing our energy plans, it may be too late, as the overwhelming majority of climate scientists said we have twelve years left to deal meaningfully with this problem through an enormous change in energy sources by rapidly moving away from fossil fuels. We are now three months away from having ten years left of these tweleve years and global emissions continue to grow. Nevertheless, the fight continues because the alternative of giving up is globally catastrophic. 

jerrym

Greta Thunberg will be attending the Montreal Student Strike Climate Action protest on Friday because she was impressed by the 150,000 people who attended the March 15th protest. Tomorrow's protest is expected to be even larger. 

This Friday, students and protesters will be hitting the streets again across Canada and the world for another round of global climate strikes. Here’s what you need to know.

Wasn’t the global climate strike last Friday?

Yes! Sept. 20 was the kick-off for a week of climate activities, with two global climate strikes planned on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. The UN emergency climate summit was held on Sept. 23, in between the two climate strike dates. The global strikes were inspired by #FridaysForFuture, a movement following Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s call for students to strike. ...

Which Canadian cities are striking this Friday?

There are strikes happening coast to coast. A full list can be found by searching on the climate strike map at Global Climate Strike Net. There is also a map on the Fridays for Future website, which says that around 200 strikes, demonstrations, or meetups are happening across Canada on Friday.

Some of the cites where strikes will be held are Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Ont., Victoria, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, St. John’s, N.L., Halifax and Toronto.

Thunberg will be joining the Montreal march, and will be giving a speech along with other activists. Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has also said. ...

Will students be allowed to skip class for the strike?

Some school boards are taking measures to allow students to miss class to attend the strikes.

The Toronto District School Board has asked schools not to schedule tests or have assignments due on Sept. 27, so that students’ academics will not be impacted if they attend the climate strike. (However, they still need to officially get their parents’ permission to skip class.)

The University of British Columbia is allowing faculty members to cancel classes in support of the climate action, and said students should discuss accommodations with instructors.

The Commission Scolaire de Montreal -- the province’s largest school board -- has called Friday a “pedagogical day,” and will be shutting down its schools.

Students should check in with their specific school boards to know what the policy is where they are.

What are the strikes hoping to achieve?

The idea is for youth and adults to walk out of their schools and workplaces to show that more needs to be done to counter the effects of climate change.

“What (the climate strikes) can do is demonstrate that people are no longer willing to continue with business as usual,” reads the Global Climate Strike website.

At the UN’s global summit last Monday, Thunberg said the current plans to tackle the climate crisis do not take it seriously enough, saying that the strictest emission cuts being talked about would only give the world a 50 per cent chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsuis, which is a global goal.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction,” she admonished world leaders. “And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/what-you-need-to-know-about-friday-s-clima...

jerrym

 

Tomorrow there will more student strikes across Canada.

You can find where they are located on the map at the following url:

https://climatestrikecanada.org/september

September 27th

Students all across Canada will strike from school for the climate. This strike will be similar to previous ones on May 3rd and March 15th, only on a much larger scale. We will be joined by adults participating in a general #EarthStrike around the world. 

 

Aristotleded24

jerrym wrote:

Paladin1 wrote:

Does Greta Thunberg have a plan to tackle climate change?

Thunberg is a sixteen year old girl who began her protest alone in front of the Swedish Parliament. Her strategy is protesting how climate change is destroying the future of those who are too young to vote and future generations has caught on globally because youth see that they will be the biggest losers from global warming as the effects of climate change grow worse and worse over time. Without the vote, money or power they have pushed the global warming issue  to the top of the politicial agenda, dragging the politicians along to say the right thing.

Sixty nations have pledged at the UN meeting this week to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 as mass pressure on them has grown, with a significant part of this coming from global youth. Do I believe the politicians or Trudeau? No. But as Thunberg said "We'll be watching you". They are pushing as hard as they can and will continue to pressure the politicians well into the future because their own futures depend on it.

The tragedy is that by the time their votes may be decisive in changing our energy plans, it may be too late, as the overwhelming majority of climate scientists said we have twelve years left to deal meaningfully with this problem through an enormous change in energy sources by rapidly moving away from fossil fuels. We are now three months away from having ten years left of these tweleve years and global emissions continue to grow. Nevertheless, the fight continues because the alternative of giving up is globally catastrophic. 

Most of us remember as children and as teenagers waiting with excitement to "grow up," gain independence, and to take on the world with all of its possibilities. Children who understand what climate change is doing understand that if things continue to go unchanged that the world will essentially not be around by the time they gain that independence. That is why they are striking.

What is Greta Thunberg's plan to deal with climate change? She's carrying it out right now.

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Wellington, New Zealand this morning.

jerrym

CBC News is reporting that 170,000 Student Strike for Climate Action protesters, more than 3% of the population, are marching in New Zealand and that the first protest in Canada, with thousands in attendance, has started in Halifax.

jerrym

Large student strike are occurring across Canada with up to 300,000 expected in Montreal. 

Thousands of people began to fill streets across Canada on Friday in support of the Global Climate Strike movement, demanding action against climate change.

Climate marches began early in St. John's, N.L. as crowds marched to Memorial University's clock tower. The march is set to make its way to the provincial legislature on Confederation Hill.

More than 80 cities across the country are capping off a week of international protests and a call for action for governments to do more to slow climate change.

In Halifax, hundreds of people, including large groups of students from Dartmouth High School, gathered in Victoria Park for the protest. The Halifax march's route is expected to wind through the centre of the city to the headquarters of Nova Scotia Power, where some of those participating planned to participate in a so-called "die-in."

In New Brunswick, students staged a mass walkout at Samuel de Champlain School in Saint John.

Sept. 20 was the kick-off for a week of climate activities, with two global climate strikes planned on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. The UN emergency climate summit was held on Sept. 23, in between the two climate strike dates. The global strikes were inspired by #FridaysForFuture, a movement following Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s call for students to strike.

In Toronto, demonstrators arrived at the Ontario legislature ahead of the 11 a.m. protest. Mayor John Tory said on social media the city's iconic Toronto sign will not be lit today in solidarity with all those taking part in #ClimateStrikeCanada.

In Montreal, Thunberg delivered remarks just after 10 a.m. before taking part in the city's protest.

"I'm very excited to be here… to once again stand together, people from all round the world for one common cause that is very empowering," the teen activist said. "It is very moving to see everyone, everyone who is so passionate to march and strike. People of all ages, all generations, it's a very good day I would say."

City officials said as many as 300,000 people, many of them students, will pack downtown streets. Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will also take part in the strike.

In Calgary, more than 600 students at the University of Calgary are expected to walk out of morning classes and parade down to city hall for a rally scheduled for noon. With just weeks until the federal election, the group is calling for a Green New Deal and demanding climate policies from all candidates. ...

At the UN’s global summit last Monday, Thunberg said the current plans to tackle the climate crisis do not take it seriously enough, saying that the strictest emission cuts being talked about would only give the world a 50 per cent chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsuis, which is a global goal.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction,” Thunberg warned world leaders. “And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

A climate report put out this week says that oceans are becoming more acidic and warmer, glaciers are shrinking, new illnesses are breaking out due to warming waters, and by 2060 it is estimated that coastal floods off British Columbia and the Maritimes that used to occur once a century will be annual events.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/thousands-of-canadians-filling-streets-dur...

 

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Thanks jerrym

Unionist

CBC live feed of Montréal march.

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In BC they are arriving by land and by sea to join the protests

I didn’t know the ferries could take that many foot passengers

 

 

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In Winnipeg, there were 2 church services specifically geared towards the Climate Strike that took place before the rally and march. The one I went to was packed. Christian, Indigenous, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, and Buddhist faiths were all represented.

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Felicitation to Quebecers / Montrealers and Greta for having the largest group in Canada out today to protest the lack of climate change action

Unionist wrote:

CBC live feed of Montréal march.

jerrym

NDPP wrote:

"Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, was told he doesn't have the right pass to hold a press conference at the UN Climate Summit.

https://twitter.com/dharnanoor/status/1176172427191234560

"He was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his life of work to protect the Amazon."

Sorry Chief, only Greta...

Although the United Nations did not allow Raoni Metuktire, Chief of the Kayapo people of the Brazilian Amazon, Greta Thunberg made sure she kicked off the Montreal Student Strike for Climate Action with Canadian indigenous leaders in an 18 minute ceremony in the video below that was shown on the CBC. The video of the ceremony can be seen at the url below. She has more wisdom than our politicians. 

"Greta Thunberg was welcomed by Indigenous leaders before a climate march in Montreal. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPKwKQVNy44

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jerrym

In Halifax, 10,000 people marched in their Student Strike for Climate Action.

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There are at least eight climate strikes happening in Nova Scotia on Friday in Halifax, Truro, Middleton, New Glasgow, Antigonish, Sandy Cove, Baddeck and Sydney.

Police estimated more than 10,000 marched in downtown Halifax, and said it was the largest protest in recent years in the city. 

"It's insane," said Julia Sampson, a Grade 12 student at Citadel High school. "I thought that maybe we would get a thousand people. I never thought this would happen."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/climate-strikes-nova-scotia-1...

jerrym

Thousands also attended the Ottawa Student Strike for Climate Action. 

thousands of people who flooded downtown Ottawa on Friday, bringing both urgency and clarity to the issue of global warming.

“I can have an amazing future if we stop pollution and we stop climate change,” the ten-year-old said. “Right?”

The Ottawa “climate strike” was part of a global series of marches to demand action on climate change.

The crowd was dominated by young people, who were quick to point out they were the ones who would inherit the environmental disaster created by grown-ups.

“We want to give the message that we have to do something now, or it will be too late,” said Chloe Picknell, 10, who travelled with a group of three families from Navan for the strike. Marchers gathered in Hull and at Confederation Park, then converged on Parliament Hill.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/thousands-expected-to-gather-i...

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An estimated 10,000 Winnipeggers joined a movement Friday to push for action on climate change. (Photos: Jeremie Charron/CTV News).

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/features/in-pictures/thousands-join-global-c...

 

jerrym

In Toronto

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The event, which was aimed at youth empowerment, saw all age groups participating in a rally and march through the streets of downtown Toronto. Police estimated that 15,000 people attended the rally and about 20,000 participated in the march.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/more-than-15-000-people-fill-downtown-toronto...

 

jerrym

In Saskatoon

Hundreds of people in Saskatoon gathered outside City Hall on Friday to join the global climate strike.

“It’s honestly honouring,” elementary student Kylee Lucier said about the large crowd.

It’s the second consecutive Friday the city has seen protests calling for action against climate change.

“Especially in Saskatchewan, you know, a lot of people are in denial of climate change,” U of S student Emily Ireland said.

“To see this many people here today, it’s like maybe we are getting closer to change.”

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-protesters-march-downtown-as-they...

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kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Here is the C0urtenay in the Comox valley. For the size of our community it was very inspiring.

 

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You got that right Krop Fantastic!

jerrym

In Victoria NDP leader Jagmeet Singh attended the Student Strike for Climate Action. He promised to fight to protect the BC coast.

While hundreds of youth-led climate strikes are taking place across the globe on Friday, Victoria's protest launches alongside roughly 200 rallies in Canada.

Thousands took part in the Global Climate Strike Friday in Victoria to demand action from world leaders on the climate crisis. ...

Climate Strike Canada has a list of demands that includes:

  • Canada’s recognizing its “disproportionate role” in the climate crisis.
  • Enshrining the right to a healthy environment in law.
  • Rejecting any new fossil fuel development or transportation projects.
  • Setting “bold” targets to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to just one-quarter of what they were in 2005 by 2030.

https://www.vicnews.com/news/photos-thousands-hit-streets-of-victoria-fo...

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