People all over the world are striking today to demand action for climate change. Tweets using the hashtag #climatestrike show huge crowds gathering in major cities around the world:
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) September 20, 2019
Waking up and learning about the HISTORIC #ClimateStrike turnout worldwide is the BEST way to wake up. From Australia to Indonesia to Uganda to, I mean, practically everywhere, millions of people have already taken the streets.
— Adam Greenberg 🔥🍑 (@pragmactivist) September 20, 2019
Young people at the forefront
Taking inspiration from activist Greta Thunberg’s call for action, many protesters are young people striking to demand action for their future. With an array of creative placards and banners, young people everywhere have been at the forefront of protests today. Many have missed school and university classes to show their support for climate action:
Boundless love and respect for the schoolkids out on strike today pic.twitter.com/1gaEB9Y1jb
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) September 20, 2019
— Mowsam Hazarika 🌾 (@mowsamagri) September 20, 2019
— Zayn Rahman (@ZaynRahm) September 20, 2019
The beauty and brilliance of people power!
— 350 dot org (@350) September 20, 2019
Moreover, people have called attention to the ongoing role of indigenous tribes and people in promoting sustainable living and preserving the planet:
First Nations peoples were leading the #ClimateStrike because they are and have always been at the forefront of the fight to protect land, water, air and Country. #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe pic.twitter.com/ipWcwgvVsh
— School Strike 4 Climate (@StrikeClimate) September 20, 2019
Indigenous elders from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory have come to support the #ClimateStrike – travelling 3 days to do so. “All you young students leading the strike, thank you.” “Who is suffering the most? Remote communities” #MECO6900 pic.twitter.com/6WCXjo6M4W
— Sonja Juraluck (@sonjajuraluck) September 20, 2019
Eve of #ClimateStrike think about the prisoners – all Black, Indigenous, racialized, migrants, poor, women, trans people – who cannot join us in strike but are on frontlines of #ClimateChange & eco-apartheid in toxic & polluting cages. Strike to dismantle all cages and walls!
— Harsha Walia (@HarshaWalia) September 19, 2019
Many are emphasising the importance of protecting indigenous rights and centring the voices of indigenous groups in the movement to address climate change:
Huge crowd in the red centre of Aus, Alice Springs, for today's global #ClimateStrike!
Climate change will disproportionately impact remote Indigenous communities – these folks need to be at the front when we are talking climate solutions ☀️ https://t.co/DYjxa6Z6A5
— 350Australia (@350Australia) September 19, 2019
In solidarity with our indigenous sisters, I joined diverse group of youth from across Canada protesting federal and provincial inaction on climate change at the @canada #YouthSummit2019 by staging a die in at @JustinTrudeau’s town hall. #ClimateStrike #cdnpoli ✊🏼 pic.twitter.com/CTqU4xWuCB
— Tommy Hana (@Tommy_Hana1) May 3, 2019
“We must defend indigenous communities who are fighting in the frontline, we need a transformation of our economic and political systems” @wretchedotearth #ClimateStrike London 🌍 pic.twitter.com/EOXn40pctq
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) September 20, 2019
Hey after the #ClimateStrike go find engage with local Indigenous groups to get information about their people’s sustainability practices. Our knowledges kept this planet alive for the past 80k+ years so we know what we are talking about.
— Anton Schirripa (@schirriant) September 20, 2019
With the UN climate summit scheduled to take place on Monday 23 September, the scale of these protests sends a powerful message. We have reached a point where inaction is no longer an option. Capitalism continues to be the biggest cause of climate change, but world leaders motivated by profit have been slow to action. Let’s hope, in the face of pressure from younger generations, they finally sit up and take notice.
Featured image via YouTube/ Nine News Australia
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