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MILLIONS of people worldwide are gearing up to take action against climate change in the largest global mobilisation against the crisis.
So far over 6,000 people in 150 countries have pledged to organise events between September 20 and 27 as part of the Week for Future protest.
“It’s almost like you don’t even know these numbers exist. As if you haven’t even read the latest IPCC report, on which much of the future of our civilisation is depending.”
A part from my speech yesterday at the French Parliament. pic.twitter.com/Kg9a5mjNyg
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 24, 2019
The actions will take place as the UN Climate Summit takes place on September 23 in New York which aims to accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Planned events range from strikes, rallies, concerts and marches, as well as public assemblies, protests and workshops to raise awareness on fossil fuel companies responsible for the crisis and the banks that fund them.
In a video message released today, young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to take strike action internationally, said addressing climate change “shouldn’t just be the children’s responsibility.”
She said: “Now, the adults also need to help us. We are calling for them to strike from their work, we need everyone. There is nothing we can’t do, if not you, then who else? If not now, then when?”
Support for climate strikes has been increasingly growing with parents, teachers, trade unions and celebrities among those organising for the Week for Future strikes.
Earth Strike International organiser Evan Cholerton said multinational corporations were not “going to give up anything unless we fight.”
He said: “This is a fight for ourselves, for our future, and for future generations. This is a fight for justice for all: workers, students, parents, teachers, conservatives, liberals, socialists, and everyone else.
“We can fight against climate breakdown, and we can fight against environmental destruction. We need to all be part of this, or else the Establishment won’t budge. We can do this, if we do this together.”
The Planet is Coming to Parliament spokesman Francois Geoffroy said students led the way but that “it’s time for workers to join in.”
“Governments must act. And if they don’t, we intend to do whatever’s necessary to force their hand,” he said.
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