Heatwaves, droughts, fires, floods and pandemics have been raging for more than five years in Australia and around the globe.
Warnings from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are telling us that we need to take immediate action on climate heating. We are likely to exceed the crucial 1.5C threshold for the first time between now and 2027.
This year set the world’s hottest global temperature. From Canada and the US to Europe, Asia, the polar regions and Australia – there is nowhere not seeing rising temperatures and the impacts of climate change.
Yet it seems governments are still unwilling to take the action needed, quickly enough, to protect vulnerable communities and the future of our children and grandchildren. So is it any wonder that the School Strikes 4 Climate are once again beginning to build momentum?
Young people are fighting for their future. They are asking governments to stop approving fossil-fuel operations and to put the money, focus and opportunity towards technology and options that will make a difference. They are asking that governments take action that will ensure the global temperature does not rise beyond the tipping point of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
That is a point that scientists have clearly stated ‘could trigger a cascade of tipping points, which would irreversibly alter the global climate system and further exacerbate warming,’ according to As 1.5 Degrees Looms, Scientists See Growing Risk of Runaway Warming, Urgent Need to Slash Emissions by Yale School of Environment in March this year.
According to the WMO ‘there is a 98 per cent likelihood that at least one of the next five years, and the five-year period as a whole, will be the warmest on record’ and that there will be ‘reduced rainfall for this season over the Amazon and parts of Australia’.
Young people locally and around the world are asking for your support. From study-ins on the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide and at Speakers Corner at Queensland Parliament, to art events and concerts, to this Friday’s School Strikes 4 Climate they are calling for your support, for action from government, for a future.
‘To avoid even more extreme disasters than we have already seen, we need to be closing fossil-fuel projects, not opening more,’ said organisers of the Byron School Strikes 4 Climate that starts at 10am in Railway Park this Friday.
‘You can act by striking with us on November 17! Ditch school, don’t go to work, close your business and help to show that together we can #ShiftThePower. This strike is an all-ages event, bring your parents, your children, your grandchildren, your friends, and your neighbours. We are ALL affected by climate change, and we should ALL do something about it.’
Young people are now fighting to get governments to listen and are taking action – are you prepared to join them?
Aslan Shand, acting editor