Today a massive, international, youth-led mobilization will demand action on the climate crisis. Tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is. They know that we have put their future in grave danger, and they are rising up to take it back. In the United States they will demand real solutions and action in the form of the Green New Deal. Led by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg they will take to the streets for a better world and call out the politicians, propagandists, and CEOs who are standing in the way. The grassroots movements now taking charge of the climate fight consist overwhelmingly of teenagers and twentysomethings.. They are angry about the increasingly dire future that awaits them and clear-eyed about who’s to blame and how to fix it.
Adapted from Mark Hertsgaard
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.
Why is it that children understand what so many adults deny? Why are many of us willing to ignore scientific fact and accept the word of those who resist necessary change? Take the time to read about this. Seriously consider the climate disasters we are already facing. What kind of planet do you hope to leave for coming generations?
And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity. In this core moral space, the world’s religions play a very vital role.
Adults keep saying, ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’But I don’t want your hope…. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.
Greta Thunberg, Leader of student movement
Some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money.
We are the last people who can prevent catastrophe on the planet. We have no excuse for failure.
Amina J. Mohammed, UN deputy secretary-general
We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.
Climate change, if unchecked, is an urgent threat to health, food supplies, biodiversity, and livelihoods across the globe.
John F. Kerry
We would never consider this level of risk in any other walk of life, yet we seem prepared to take this risk with our planet. Conversely, the scientific evidence shows that we can create a positive future, but only with bold action now.
Johan Rockström, Chair of the Earth League
We can’t keep our promise to the next generation to build an economy fit for the future, unless we ensure our planet has a future.
Philip Hammond, UK Chancellor and Member of Parliament
I have become convinced that climate change is the biggest threat to human rights in the 21st century.
Mary Robinson, President of Ireland
We are dealing with issues that are critical to human nature. There has to be a way to come together and do it right, to protect the environment and human rights. We can go to the moon, for goodness sake! Why can’t we deal with this? It’s a matter of setting our priorities, establishing our values.
Sister Sheila Kinsey, Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation Committee
I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address those problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy… and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.
Gus Speth, Former dean of forestry and environmental studies at Yale
We know how to get all of the energy we need without using dirty or dangerous fuel sources. It is no longer a question of whether we can – but of whether we will.
Michael Brune , Executive Director, Sierra Club, USA
All that stands in the way of saving the planet is a combination of ignorance, prejudice and vested interests.
Moms Clean Air Force
We’ve been given a warning by science, and a wake-up call by nature; it is up to us now to heed them.\\