Join the strike for climate change, Sept 20
This Friday 20th September, the world is coming together to collectively protest government and business inaction on climate change. Where will you be?
I can't think of a moment where I've been so humbled and proud of our youth than today, as we are only a couple of days away from witnessing the power and influence of one Swedish student and activist, Greta Thunberg, in her fight for our planet.
Greta, a now 16-year-old climate activist, last year began skipping school to protest outside of the Swedish government and demand more action on the fight against climate change. Since then, students from over 130 countries have joined her cause and been actively putting pressure on their own governments.
But it's not just young people that are joining in, various groups around the world are participating, with some companies like Patagonia and Burton pledging to close their doors on Friday as a show of solidarity.
So what exactly are we protesting?
Climate change for many is a big, vague, sweeping statement. So what exactly is this Friday all about?
For starters, it's no coincidence that the strike is being held this Friday. A few days later, on the 23rd September, countries are meeting at the UN for the Climate Action Summit, where countries are to discuss how they can better reduce greenhouse gas emissions as set under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Each year our planet's conditions are worsening, with the last 4 being the hottest on record; "sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security."
What are we asking for? A transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy.
How can you join?
There are strikes being held all over the world, and there's a good chance there's one near you! The Global Climate Strike website has an interactive map where you can find the closest one to you, plus plenty more information on what's involved and why.
MOTU will be taking part in the local protests in Byron Bay this Friday, and we hope to see some of you fearless babes by our side!