Save our planet day
PERSPECTIVE - Cherry Piquero-Ballescas (The Freeman) - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am

Did you join our young and the Global Climate Strike which started yesterday, Friday, September 20? The next one will be next Friday, September 27.

What is this activity and why are these held on Fridays?

The Global Climate Strike calls on “millions” of people across the world to “disrupt business as usual” by taking part in protests emphasizing the danger of environmental damage. Together, (the strikers) “will sound the alarm and show politicians that business as usual is no longer an option.”

The Global Climate Strikes have been scheduled on Fridays inspired by Swedish Greta Thunberg’s #FridaysForFuture movement “which involved the young environmental activist encouraging thousands of students to take part in school strikes on Fridays in protest of the climate crisis.”

You must have recognized Thunberg, from photos which showed her standing in front of Swedish Parliament for three weeks in August, 2018, holding a sign which read: school strike for the climate.

The September 20 Global Climate Strike preceded the United Nations Climate Action Summit scheduled Monday 23 September. Thunberg will speak at this Climate Action Summit.

Several climate strikes have been scheduled in various parts of the world. For these September events, people from about 150 countries are expected to join. You can get more details about these events from this website: https://globalclimatestrike.net/.

Local organizers decide on climate crisis issues and ways to protest. According to the Global Climate Strike website- “Some will spend the day in protest against new pipelines and mines, or the banks that fund them; some will highlight the oil companies fuelling this crisis and the politicians that enable them.”

“Others will spend the day in action raising awareness in their communities and pushing for solutions to the climate crisis that has justice and equity at their heart.”

According to the globalclimatestrike.net, “this week will be historic. In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we. Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful Fridays For Future school strikes for the climate. Now, millions of adults are joining in a huge wave that will kickstart renewed action all over the world. The urgency of the climate crisis requires a new approach and a just response centered on human rights, equity, and justice.” Everyone all throughout the world are asked to “follow the actions and join the movement! Their call: regardless of politics, let’s all come together to support our environment and our planet. Happy save the planet day everyone!”

Global Climate strikes have been reported in London and other cities of the UK. Climate change activists from the United States, France, Australia, Germany, Japan and India have indicated their participation for this event.

From Hiroshima, Japan, this message: “Please follow us! @gretathunberg #fridayforfuture #climatestrike #globalstrikeforfuture #fridayforfuture #Hiroshima #prayformotherearth #strikewithus.

Photos of youth arriving via boat in Marovo in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands ready to ride the waves of change through their climate strike have been posted.

In the Philippines, several climate strikes have been scheduled before and during the September global schedules. September 20 Climate Strikes in Cebu were also posted yesterday.

Alert has been raised that we are in a state of climate emergency as we have only 11 years left to save our planet from climate crisis. Continuing mismanagement of our world is no longer an option. We need to strike back to save our planet, to save our people and ourselves as well.

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