I couldn’t make it to today’s #fridaysforfuture strike, so in honor of that here are some favorites I took at the Global Climate Strike back in September.
Without putting myself up on some self proclaimed virtuous pedestal, I’d just like to take this time to share some thoughts I had on the current state of this discussion. This may get long, and I don’t expect everyone to read it, no matter how much I wish they would.
In our current day and age, it has become increasingly difficult to be environmentally conscious. It has, however, simultaneously become increasingly important to be so. We all know this story by now. In October of 2018 the United Nations, more specifically the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that we only had 12 years left to stop our global temperatures from surpassing 1.5 degrees to 2 degrees Celsius. The landmark report stated that urgent and unprecedented changes were needed to reach this target. In accordance with the Paris Agreement, this study was supposed to shed light on the topic, while also narrowing the margin between science and politics. I think we can all agree that it has done the opposite. The gap has only been widened. But from that gap came a new age of activism.
Extinction Rebellion. Friday’s For The Future. Future Coalition. The Sunrise Movement. Zero Hour. The Youth Climate Strike. Seemingly from nowhere, multitudes of movements have arisen. Likeminded individuals came together due to one key uniting principal. One that we, as a global society, must stop what we are doing before more damage is done, and that we are very quickly running out of time to do so. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that the mantle of responsibility for this damage did not fall on the individual.
At this stage in the game, it is crucial for everyone to get involved. That could mean going to a march, donating to a nonprofit, getting involved in local government, or volunteering at local conservation efforts. We all have a duty to act, whether we like it or not. Our lifestyles have proven to be unsustainable. Our chance at change is now. So, as Greta Thunburg would say, I’ll see you on the streets.