Climate activists prepare for global strike on September 23
While the 77th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is in progress where serious concern has been felt about the impact of climate change including unprecedented floods in Pakistan, the climate activists from the world over are preparing for the global climate strike on Friday, September 23.
The strike is expected at various states in India including Punjab. The climate action group Fridays for Future (FFF) is spearheading campaign for the global strike and asking world leaders to listen to science to make rich nations in reducing the green house gas emission.
Themed #PeopleNotProfit, the strikers across countries and continents, want the UN to play a proactive role in making climate change as an issue which no nation should put at the backburner.
It is also only 43 days ahead of starting of the UN Climate Summit COP27 at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, where world leaders will assemble to hold lengthy parleys debating on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs)”. We want real action at the summit and financial institutions to end all funding for fossil fuels which otherwise seems a remote possibility’, say the FFF activists.
Asking the world leaders and the policymakers to prioritize necessary measures to keep temperature rise up to 1.5 degree compared to pre industrial levels, end fossil fuel investments, curb carbon emissions to decrease imminent impact of climate change and think about the humanity not the profit of the corporates, the climate activists across the world have prepared placards for the climate strikes on Friday.
The FFF had originated after Sweden' teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, then only 15 and half years old, had started strike, against rising carbon emissions, outside Swedish Parliament in August 2018. That small initiative for climate ignited over four years ago has turned into global movement.
The FFF has planned protests in over 100 countries and says that students and others will strike for climate reparation and justice. Noting that the richest 1% of the world population are responsible for double the pollution produced by the poorest 50%, they want such nations to come to terms to save humanity.
FFF has stated that time to stop climate catastrophe is running out, and irreversible tipping points are being reached. It is time to stand as one body and as one voice. Now, more than ever, it is important to unite activist voices worldwide. We demand action from our failing policymakers and world leaders; reparation of land and funds to Indigenous people, increase funding for adaptation to climate change, protect ordinary people from the ravages of climate change, above all by CO2 reduction, stop the colonization and retail sale of Indigenous, ancestral lands to drilling and mining corporations for the extraction of fossil fuels, robust protection of all species and biodiversity, stated the FFF.
The climate organisation 350.org has also decided to raise voice on September 23.