Global Climate Strike March 15: please join!

[School kids all over the world, inspired by Swedish Greta Thunberg’s courageous single example (our new Rosa Parks?), have been striking and demonstrating since last November in many countries with calls for drastic climate action. This March 15 they have called for a first global, coordinated strike, and also asked adults to support them and participate. Given the possibility of looming climate chaos and even extinction, I’ve advocated a General Strike for Life for many years. Maybe we’re moving there. Time to down tools and devices, stop the worst, talk about social alternatives to an ecocidal, unjust and oligarchic global system. Please join the global-local movement on March 15. Please pass on the word to others. Texts taken from Germanos at Common Dreams (1) and a letter I got from the Australian organizers (2).]

1. The world may be edging toward “environmental breakdown”—but 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg sees signs for hope.
Pointing to global walkouts planned for March 15, Thunberg—whose “school strikes for climate” helped galvanized similar actions worldwide—said, “I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes and that is very hopeful.”

“I think enough people have realized just how absurd the situation is,” she told the Guardian. “We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history and basically nothing is being done to prevent it.”

In a sign of that realization, thousands of students from dozens of communities across the United Kingdom skipped class on Friday to join the ranks taking part in the weekly climate actions.

In fact, it’s “incredible” that the movement “has spread so far, so fast,” she told “Good Morning Britain.”
Explaining the start of her own interest in the issue, she told the hosts, “Once you fully understand the meaning of the climate crisis, you can’t un-understand it; then you have to do something about it.”

She acknowledged that such actions mean kids missing school time, but, she countered, “Why should we be studying for a future that soon may not exist anymore and when no one is doing anything to save that future?”

Because “this is like slightly breaking the law… then it will have a huge impact [because] people will see it and think that this is important,” she said.

On Twitter, Thunberg also refuted British Prime Minister Theresa May’s assertion that the children on school strikes are “wasting lesson time.”

“That may well be the case,” she wrote Friday. “But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 yrs of inaction. And that is slightly worse.”

[US]Stateside, some observers see hope for addressing the climate crisis in the recently introduced Green New Deal, and the U.S. actions set for next month are aimed at buoying that and other legislative tactics to reign in global warming.

In a call-to-action, the teen organizers behind the U.S. youth climate strikes write, “We are at a turning point in history. Our futures are at stake. We call for radical legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. We are striking for the Green New Deal, a fair and just transition to decarbonize the U.S. economy, and other legislative action that combats the effects of climate change.”

“We stand in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and all youth strikers worldwide as we demand action on this issue,” they wrote.

“We are running out of time, and we won’t be silent any longer,” they continue. “We, the youth of America, are striking because our present and future on this planet are at stake. And we are determined to do something about it.”

2. Dear Peter,

To everyone who cares about a safe climate future, this is your invite to join our School Strike 4 Climate – students standing up when our politicians won’t.

Sign-up for a March 15 #ClimateStrike near you today.*

Australia is in the thick of the climate crisis. Prolonged drought is crippling farming communities. Flash flooding is creating chaos in cities. Catastrophic bushfires and severe cyclones are threatening people’s homes. Heatwaves are sweeping the nation. Half of the Great Barrier Reef is dead.

At the same time, mining giant Adani is promising to start digging a new coal mine to open up one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth, vocally backed by our Federal politicians who are ignoring the majority of us who want them to #StopAdani and tackle dangerous climate change.

A Federal Election is around the corner but our politicians have lost touch with us – the people they are meant to represent!

As school students, we’re sick of being ignored. We’re sick of our futures being turned into political footballs. We feel sick when we see and hear about the climate impacts that are already devastating people and communities here and overseas.

So, on March 15, we’re walking out of school to tell our politicians to take all of us seriously and treat climate change for what it is: the biggest threat to our generation and generations to come.

Tens of thousands of students across Australia and around the world will join us. Will you be there to stand with us shoulder to shoulder?

Everyone is invited. If you’re an adult, we hope you’ll take the day off in solidarity with us to help make 2019 a turning point in Australian climate politics.

There has never been a more urgent time to take to the streets to show our politicians that we won’t stop until they do what it takes to stop climate change.

See you to strike for a safe climate on March 15!

With hope,
School Strikers for Climate Action

PS – Please invite friends to join you on March 15 by forwarding this email!
PPS – Don’t see a strike in your community and want to help organise one? Check out our resources page.

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on February 16, 2019.

2 Responses to “Global Climate Strike March 15: please join!”

  1. Great work, comrade. I’ll pass this on to EVERYONE in my contact lists. Gotta make this really big in the Blue Mountains. The last one was strongly supported by Katoomba High students and some staff, and the staff and students at Blaxland High are very bolshie too. The BM Gazette is on side with leftish causes, especially when local young people are involved.

    La lutte continue.

    BD

  2. wow…outta the mouths of babes….

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