Strike 4 Climate Action brings hope in dark times

February 19, 2019

Shepway Green Party congratulates all of those young people who took part in the school strikes for climate change in the UK on Friday. In Kent, there was a fabulous turnout in Canterbury, full of colour, noise and hope (main picture and below), mirroring many other such gatherings across the country.

In the face of the abject failure of our political and business leaders to address the greatest threats to the planet, the action of thousands of youngsters gives everyone hope. The “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, has resonated throughout Europe and beyond. In Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands tens of thousands of children have refused to attend school. In the UK, more than 10,000 young people in at least 60 towns and cities from the Scottish Highlands to Cornwall joined the strike.

Last August Greta refused to attend school so that she could protest outside the Swedish parliament building, an action that shot her to global prominence and saw her address the global elite at the Davos World Economic Forum last month.

As Greta told the Davos audience: “According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society need to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%…

“We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility.

Adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.” But 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.”