Our House is on Fire
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Action Brings Hope
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been causing a ruckus. Concerned about the lack of political action over the climate crisis, she began striking from school to demonstrate before her government. Why go to school she asks, if our facts and our science mean nothing to our politicians. Her message is as powerful as it is direct. We need to act.
Below I’ve shared her TED Talk where she explains her concern and her drive. Fortunately, it is having an impact. Already students from around the world are organizing similar protests through the hashtags #ClimateStrike, #SchoolStrike4Climate and #FridaysForFuture. Young people in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Australia are turning out in massive numbers to call on their governments to act.
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Speaking Up for Climate Action
Greta was recently invited to attend the World Economic Forum (#WEF19) in Davos, Switzerland, where she once again spoke truth to power and called upon political and industry leaders to step up (The Guardian). In her calm and effecting way, she drew attention to the blatant hypocrisy of many of the attendees. As she put it, if they truly cared about the world’s youth, it is imperative to act decisively in the face of the climate crisis. Below is an excerpt from her address,
I don’t want your hope. 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 our house is on fire. Because it is.”
According to https://t.co/pzYB6XuR6u we have already passed way over one million students on school strike today.
Over 2000 places in 125 countries on all continents.
And we have only just started! #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate
(picture from Prague, Czech Republic) pic.twitter.com/lvStJg3EEU
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 15, 2019