Today (24 September), Fridays for Future will once again take to the streets, online and in-person, to continue to fight for climate justice in the face of years of inaction from world leaders, especially in the global north.
The youth are organising and protesting with communities through music, art, stories, marches – and of course school strikes – to demand justice.
Some are striking in the face of increasing repression from state authorities towards climate activists.
In the midst of the various public health, sociopolitical and economic crises that the world continues to face, climate activists will be holding protest actions on the 24th calling to #UprootTheSystem and address the intersections of the climate crisis.
This means addressing racism, sexism, ableism, class inequality and other systems of oppression as well as the climate emergency.
‘The climate and covid crisis caused by the profit-oriented system impacts MAPA [Most Affected People and Areas] the most. With the hoarding of vaccines by the global north, vaccine equity has been impossible. This has left MAPA out of climate negotiations like COP, MAPA´s presence is crucial in order to achieve climate justice.’
Climate activist from Guatemala
The latest IPCC report released in August highlighted it is now unequivocal that the climate crisis is caused by human activities, and that actions of the privileged have already caused irreversible damage to our climate system.
However, climate scientists state that if drastic emission cuts in greenhouse gas emissions globally are made, the worst consequences can still be prevented.
‘The global north should be developing climate policies that have at their main core climate justice and accountability to MAPA. Instead, they continue to exploit vulnerable communities and recklessly extract fossil fuels, while bragging about their insignificant emission reduction plans.’
For decades now, climate activists and scientists have highlighted the dangerous effects of global warming on the Earth. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods are happening at an alarming rate, and 200 species are disappearing every day, never to return.
These effects impact everyone and are most devastating to our most vulnerable: the poorest and younger generations.
Since it was launched in 2008 by Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future has represented GenZ activists everywhere. Its mission is to point to the science, and call for those in power to take the facts seriously and act accordingly.
Nevertheless, leaders are still not doing enough to limit warming. They’re not even close to solving the problem.
On the anniversary of the Global Climate Strike, one of the most iconic dates in the climate fight, Fridays For Future has unveiled The Denial – a new spot by FRED & FARID Los Angeles and produced by ‘dream’.
The spot illustrates our denial about the climate crisis with a metaphor: running into a wall. It is literally what we are doing today when it comes to climate change.
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