Friday September 25th 2020 marks the Global Day of Climate Action.
Organised by Fridays for Future, global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. The goal is to put moral pressure on policymakers so that they will listen to the scientists and then to take forceful action to limit global warming. Policymakers are in the best position to create the rules and regulations that can impact the future of the planet.
Last year, we marched to Parliament in Ottawa, the capital of Canada to demand action from our government.
This year, the Global Day of Climate Action may look a little differently thanks to COVID-19 and regional restrictions that have been put in place.
Why we need to take action
The average global temperature is about 1° C warmer than what it was during the pre-industrial levels. The 2018 IPCC report showed that we may reach the 1.5° C threshold by 2030 — less than 10 years from now! It may not sound like a huge increase, but it is the difference between life and death for thousands of people.
The rising temperatures relate with an increase greenhouse gas emissions and recorded levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and in ice core samples. The temperature increase also correlates with our burning of fossil fuels.
Take Action : Strike
Check the Fridays for Future map to see if there are any strikes in your area. If there aren’t any in your area, you can organise an event and have it listed on their map. When organising a strike, protest, or march in your area, be sure to follow all local guidelines and COVID-19 safety measures.
Unable to Physically Strike for Global Day of Climate Action?
You can still participate.
Get creative and do your part.
Make signs or posters and post to social media.
Stage a mini protest before school or during lunch by standing outside with a sign if your school will allow you with the current COVID regulations. I know this wouldn’t be possible at my child’s Jr High.
Wear a ribbon to show your support. Blue for the ocean planet, green for the forest planet… or maybe both. Since masks are required in most places, you can write a message on a mask to show your support.
Be sure to share your Global Day of Climate Action achievements online with the #FridaysForFuture and #ClimateStrike hashtags.