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 Igniting Minds - Walk For Water Is An International Partner For Global Climate Strike  

Date of Publish - Friday, 20th September 2019

I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire—because it is - Greta Thunberg

In the course of a year, 16-year Greta Thunberg has inspired millions to emulate her and take to the streets to demand action on climate change. The climate crisis is an emergency and school climate strikers have been leaving their classrooms every Friday. Now they hope that everyone else will join them in action.

This week will be historic, with millions of adults joining the climate strikes. In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Climate strikes were started by school students organizing through the #FridaysForFuture platform. This Global Climate Strike mobilisation is a joint response by a broad coalition of groups, NGOs, unions and social movements across the world to young people’s call to action for September.

The climate strikes are happening ahead of the Climate Action Summit at New York, as world leaders once again attempt to address the global climate and ecological emergency. To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has convened the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September, and invited world leaders, from government, business and civil society, to come with plans to address the global climate emergency. It is hoped that the climate strikes will spark the required urgency for systemic transformation.

The Youth Climate Summit — the first UN climate summit for young people — that is being held alongside the main event will provide a platform for young leaders to showcase their solutions and meaningfully engage with decision-makers. The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day programme bringing together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to addressing the global climate emergency. It will be action-oriented, intergenerational, and inclusive, with equal representation of young leaders from all walks of life.

Our house is on fire and people everywhere are at risk if we let oil, coal and gas companies continue to pour more fuel on the fire. The ecological and climate crisis is already hurting millions of people with record droughts, floods, heatwaves and biodiversity loss. India is facing its worst water crisis in history.

These Climate Strikes won’t solve the climate crisis alone. What this moment can do is demonstrate that people are no longer willing to continue with business as usual. The urgency of the climate crisis requires a new approach and a just response centred on human rights, equity, and justice.

Author :
Rituraj Phukan


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