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The Youth of the World Call on All of Us to Act Against Climate Change

Twin Strike

By Diana Hoogesteger

A letter from the young people to adults:

To date, young people have led the climate strikes around the world. Now we need adults to join us too. On September 20, 2019, Fridays for Future, the Youth Climate Strike movements, and all of our international friends and allies call for a global general strike.   Workers everywhere, we are asking you to join us and walk away from a system that is destroying our planet and will threaten the survival of millions of people, plants, and animals within the next 10 to 30 years.

We don’t feel as if we have a choice: it’s been years of talking, countless negotiations, empty deals on climate change, and fossil fuel companies being given free rides to drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. Politicians and fossil fuel companies have known about climate change for decades. Politicians have willingly handed over their responsibility for our future to profiteers whose search for quick cash threatens our very existence.

Once again, our voices are being heard on the streets, but it is not just up to us. We feel many adults haven’t quite understood that we young people won’t hold off the climate crisis ourselves. We’re sorry if this is inconvenient for you, but this is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job.

Let’s all join together with neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family and go out on the streets to make our voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.

During the French Revolution, mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet, or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale while the planet burns.

Emissions must drop rapidly so that by the time we are in our mid and late 20s, we are living in a completely transformed world.

But to change everything, we need everyone. We need to escalate the pressure to make sure that change happens, and we must escalate together. If we care, we must do more than say we do. We must act.

Since Greta Thunberg began her Friday strikes in front of the Swedish parliament to call for action against climate change, she has been joined by millions of young people around the world. They call on us to be the adults who rise to the challenge of climate change that threatens all our futures. Starting on Friday, September 20, there will be a week of worldwide strikes for the climate.

You can get more information by looking on Facebook under “Events: Climate Action for the Future (Public Event).” You can join the organizers by looking up “Joe Climeo.” There is also a Facebook group to join at “Climate Action San Miguel de Allende.”

If you want to join, email us: climate.action.sma@gmail.com

 

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