From the Climate Action Team

We Are Counting on You

Crowd of kids in front of government building with sign reading "Kids Want Climate Justice"
Photo by Lorie Shaull

Every Friday for eight months, teenager Greta Thunberg sat outside Sweden’s parliament with her sign declaring a school strike to call for greater action on climate change. [1] Ms. Thunberg has Asperger’s syndrome which causes her to see the world in stark terms. She has said that her condition is a gift, which makes her see things outside their usual boxes. It has fueled her ability to deliver honest, uncluttered messages telling us to reduce our climate emissions as well as her commitment to action. So, because of the emissions caused by air travel, she sailed to the United States to attend the U.N. climate change summit on September 23.

“It is the sufferings of the many which pays for the luxuries of the few,” she says in one of the more powerful moments. “You say you love your children in front of all else, and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” [2]

Youth on a global scale are rising up and striking for their future. The U.S. student led Fridays for Future and the Youth Climate Strike are holding climate strikes on Friday, September 20 to send a strong message to adults at the U.N. climate summit and in government. On their Global Climate Strike event platform page these youth are asking adults to join them, “During the French revolution mothers flooded the streets for their children. Today we children are fighting for ourselves, but so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or what happened in the Game of Thrones finale – while the planet burns. . . But to change everything, we need everyone. . . We’re counting on you.” [3]

What will it take for you to take on this job too, and stand up, be counted, and send the message that carbon emissions must drop rapidly? [4] Like these youth, how will you help transform our world?