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.
TED Talk: Greta Thunberg & The Case to Act Right Now
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.”
As mentioned above, Greta has been inspiring climate action at a global scale (see also, Fighting for the Future). She is essentially calling on fellow youngsters and concerned citizens to protest before their local and national governments and demand action. With enough attention and mobilization, governments that claim to represent their citizens will have to respond.
It starts therefore with greater understanding of what’s at stake. Inform yourself and others of the developments, and the potential solutions that exist. It also really helps to connect with other similar-minded people and organizations that are already working on protecting the nature world and combating climate change.
The Climate Movement is Underway
If you’re a young person looking to get involved, rock on! If (like myself) you’re no longer in the youth category, but have young kids at home, it’s important to consider how to engage in climate conversations with them.
For tips, you’re welcome to check out our recent post, How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change. It’s going to take a lot of people working on this simultaneously in order to realize the changes we need. It’s tough and certainly daunting, but together we can solve this!