Thank God It's #FridaysForFuture. In 123 countries and some 2050 cities, thousands of young people are rallying to press politicians to act on climate change, united under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
#FridaysForFuture started in August 2018 when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg stood in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest the lack of adequate governmental initiatives to halt climate change.
Since then, the initiative grew into a global movement with weekly climate strikes almost everywhere in the world.
The general aim of the protest is to press governments to respect the long-term goals set by the Paris Agreement. In 2016, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change gathered near Paris and discussed how to curb the effects of climate change. The outcome was a document that committed its 196 state-party signers to limit the increase of global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
#FridaysForFuture is a movement fueled by the (renewable) energy of young people from all over the world. In the end, it's their future that is at stake.
At the same time, and fortunately, older generations are weighing in too. Just have a look at one of the latest tweets by 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:
It's relieving to see that the anti-climate change movement that is emerging globally is not just transnational but also transgenerational.
Problems of this magnitude can be addressed only by bridging the gaps between as many stakeholders as possible.
If you want to concretely contribute to halting climate change, you might also consider donating to a highly-effective non-profit that is fighting it. Like Cool Earth, a Kinder-vetted organisation that is working to protect rainforests 👇