Fridays for future?
This one has to succeed. The youth climate strike, now building worldwide with tremendous speed, is our best (and possibly our last) hope of avoiding catastrophe.
Greta Thunberg decided to school strike outside the Swedish Government, after a summer of heat waves and wildfires, climate crisis had hit close to home and sweden was in a state of shock, her demands were that the government must reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement, before she would return to school.
Fridays For Future it was named, and who would have known, that kids from all over the world felt the same as this fifteen years old girl. Soon schools stod empty every friday in the US, in Germany, in Australia, Colombia, Uganda, Italy.
Who would have known that the kids in Alba, Asti and Torino feel the same as Greta. Who would have thought “are they afraid?”. I am afraid but I am not a child so my fear can easily be misinterpreted as normal “grown up feelings”, money, pressure, etc.
Children don’t have that adult filters, maybe children are just afraid of what to come, I was a child, 10 years old, 2005 and the world was mine! Economic boom, strong capitalism, you can become whatever you want… If you are 10 now, it will be the year 2059 when you are an adult. What do we feel about 2059? What do we imagine when we hear 2059? Do these kids also wake up every day believing they can do whatever they want with their lives?
The united nation recently reported that that based on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the Earth will reach a threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels by as early as 2030.
1,5 degree celsius warmer means extreme droughts, floods, wildfires, loss of coral reefs and food shortages. 6 millions tons less wheat in Europe last summer due to drought: starvation, destruction, migration, disease and war.
We are half a degree away from this.
The sixth mass extinction event in the history of planet Earth, The first caused by human, that is the Backdrop to Fridays for future. YES this one has to succeed and therefor you had to come here today, we take a picture, we show our signs, and 50 more voices have been added to the DEMAND to your, your and my government, of policies providing a safe pathway well under 2 degree Celsius, in line with the Paris agreement.