This protest was sparked by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate change activist from Sweden. She gained quite the following after she stood before parliament and lectured them on global warming and climate change with a threatening message: “I want you to panic.”
Tens of thousands of high school students in cities nationwide plan to skip classes Friday to attend Global Climate Strike marches calling for immediate action to end climate change. They will be part of a global joint protest aimed directly at the adults who they say are ignoring the destruction of the planet.
“We have to treat climate change as what it is — an emergency,” said Audrey Maurine Xin Lin, an 18-year-old who’s been one of the coordinators of the Boston school strike and march.
“It’s going to be a really, really powerful day, the launch of a new era of climate movement. This is just the beginning for us,” said Katie Eder, 19, who is the executive director of the Future Coalition, a youth-led non-profit helping the groups coordinate.
The protests are timed to begin a week of activism at the United Nations, including a Youth Climate Summit on Saturday and a UN Climate Action Summit on Monday. A second strike is planned for Friday, Sept. 27.
“I want you to act as if the house is on fire,” Thunberg said, “Around the year 2030, ten years, 259 days, and ten hours away from now, we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it. That is, unless, in that time, permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have taken place.”
“We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and the extinction rate is up to ten thousand times faster than what is considered normal with up to 200 species becoming extinct every single day,” she added.
Seriously? She claims that 200 species go extinct a day? I’m no expert, but it sure sounds like she may have failed science class.
The teeny-bopper begged leaders to take action to save the planet from climate change. “You cannot ignore the scientists or the science or the millions of school-striking children who are school-striking for the right to a future. I beg you: please do not fail on this,” Thunberg concluded.
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Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s awesome that young people are getting involved with issues. The problem here is that they aren’t focusing their attention on actual issues. Climate change is inevitable. It is not a crisis. The earth is meant to change, that’s just a fact.