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Young people, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally to press politicians to act on climate change
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Fri 15 Mar 2019 21.43 GMT First published on Thu 14 Mar 2019 22.33 GMT
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Thank you for following our coverage Over 24 hours of climate action , organizers of the climate strike believe more than 1 million students skipped school on Friday or protest government inaction on climate change. From Australia and New Zealand , to Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America , students from all over the world took to the streets to demand change. Organizers said there were more than 2,000 protests in 125 countries . The student movement was inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg , now nominated for a Nobel Prize , who kicked off a global movement after she sat outside Swedish parliament every Friday beginning last August. Many students expressed anger, fear and disappointment that adults have not acted.
Many also expressed hope for a green economy within 11 years, the timeframe experts at the United Nations believe is necessary to forestall catastrophic climate change. Even as students demanded change, some ignored their pleas, including diplomatic delegations from the US, who watered down agreements to eliminate single-use plastics . Sign up for our Green Light environment email for more on climate action.
Students take part in a “youth strike to act on climate change” demonstration in Nantes, France, March 15, 2019.
Photograph: Stéphane Mahé/Reuters
To wrap up, here are the words of Hannah Laga Abram, an 18-year-old from Santa Fe, New Mexico , and just one of the one million students who protested today:
We are living in the sixth mass extinction. Ice is melting. Forests are burning. Waters are rising.
And we do not even speak of it. Why?
Because admitting the facts means admitting crimes of epic proportions by living our daily lives. Because counting the losses means being overpowered by grief. Because allowing the scale of the crisis means facing the fear of swiftly impending disaster and the fact that our entire system must change.
But now is not the time to ignore science in order to save our feelings. It is time to be terrified, enraged, heartbroken, grief-stricken, radical.
It is time to act.
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Here’s an excerpt from A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis , by UK Student Climate Network:
We’re young, we’re students and we’re calling for change. Our movement started in February when tens of thousands of young people took to the streets in towns and cities around Britain, in an unprecedented emergence of a youth climate justice movement.
We’ve joined a movement that’s spreading rapidly across the world, catalysed by the actions of one individual in taking a stand in August last year.
Greta Thunberg may have been the spark, but we’re the wildfire and we’re fuelled by the necessity for action.
The climate is in crisis. We will be facing ecological catastrophe and climate breakdown in the very near future if those in power don’t act urgently and radically to change our trajectory. Scientists have been giving increasingly dire warnings about the state of our planet for years, with the urgency and severity of their message escalating in recent times. It’s abundantly clear: change is needed, and it’s needed now!
A manifesto for tackling the climate change crisis | UK Student Climate Network Read more Facebook Twitter 9.
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Mexico Greenpeace highlights demonstrators in Mexico here, one of whom carries a signs that reads: “Rebellion or extinction”.
Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) ¡Los jóvenes mexicanos exigimos acción climática! ¡Si no cambiamos, no respiramos! @GobCDMX #CambioClimático #FridaysForFurture pic.
March 15, 2019
Students pose in front of Metropolitan Cathedral at the main square Zocalo, before they take part in a march demanding action on climate change, in Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters Facebook Twitter 9.07pm GMT 21:07
A brief look back at the marchers in Chicago, just a few hours ago.
Illinois Sierra Club (@SierraClubIL) Hundreds of young ppl out in Chicago today demanding climate justice! #ClimateStrike #climatestrikechicago #twill pic.twitter.
March 15, 2019 Illinois Sierra Club (@SierraClubIL) Hundreds of young ppl out in Chicago today demanding climate justice! #ClimateStrike #climatestrikechicago #twill pic.twitter.com/Z7X1g3yHuC
March 15, 2019 Facebook Twitter 8.53pm GMT 20:53
Alexandria Villsenor, 13, has spent every Friday since December wrapped in a coat outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, protesting inaction on climate change.
She, Isra Hirsi of Minnesota (US Representative Ilhan Omar’s daughter) and Haven Coleman from Colorado organized the US Youth Climate Strike .
The Davis, California-native said, when she last met Guardian US environment reporter Oliver Milman, she’d been outside for so long (four hours), “I lost circulation in my toes for the first time.
My generation knows that climate change will be the biggest problem we’ll have to face,” Villasenor said. “It’s upsetting that my generation has to push these leaders to take action.
We aren’t going to stop striking until some more laws are passed.”
Alexandria skips school on Friday morning to strike in front of the UN, with signs reading: “School Strike 4 Climate” and “Cop24 Failed Us.” Alexandria Villasenor is a 13-year-old climate activist who has been striking in front of the UN building for nine weeks, and, along with Greta Thunberg and fellow young activists around the world, is organizing a global school strike for climate on March 15. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images ‘We won’t stop striking’: the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change Read more Facebook Twitter 8.
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From the 16-year-old who inspired these marches, and now a Nobel Prize nominee, Greta Thunberg :
Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) According to https://t.co/pzYB6XuR6u we have already passed way over one million students on school strike today.
Over 2000 places in 125 countries on all continents.
And we have only just started! #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate
(picture from Prague, Czech Republic) pic.twitter.
March 15, 2019 Greta Thunberg: how her school strike went global – podcast Read more Facebook Twitter 8.26pm GMT 20:26
In California, students are in the streets in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) Student protesters flood Union Square in San Francisco during a #climatechange inaction march. 🎥: @SteveRubeSF pic.
March 15, 2019 Students in LA may have the best chant of the day with this scorcher:
“What do we want?”
“When do we want it?”
“After peer review!”
Javier Panzar 🦅 (@jpanzar) “What do we want? Science! When do we want it? AFTER PEER REVIEW”.
March 15, 2019 Updated at 8.28pm GMT
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Another one of the students who shared with us why the the student strikes are important is Abigail Leedy, 17, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania .
Scores of young people, including students staging a walkout, attend the Philly Youth Climate Strike in Love Park in solidarity with dozens of marches around the world, March 15, 2019. Their concerns include unchecked pollution and other environmental risks they feel are not being addressed by adults in government. Photograph: Michael Candelori/REX/Shutterstock
I’m striking Friday because I live in Philadelphia, a city I love with my whole heart.
Philadelphia is one of the most polluted major cities in the United States. At least 50% of our air pollution comes from fossil fuel projects around the city, most of which are located in low-income communities of color.
More than 156,000 people, or 10% of our city, will be displaced by sea level rise if we don’t make drastic changes to our carbon emissions. Already, students in Philadelphia missed five days of school in this fall due to excessive heat..
I am terrified about what will happen to the city I love if officials don’t take action that rises to the challenge of the climate crisis. I’m scared for myself and for the 17-year-old’s just like me who will grow up in an increasingly unlivable world, start families in neighborhoods where there is no clean air to breathe, about the lives that will be lost to climate fueled disasters like the fires in California or hurricanes in Puerto Rico or, soon enough, floods in Philadelphia.
I’m striking because what seems so terribly clear to me- that lives have already been lost to the climate crisis, that if we do not take action now there will be an unfathomable human cost- seems to be lost on my elected officials.
My self-described “progressive” representative, Dwight Evans, refuses to co-sponsor the Green New Deal resolution, the only solution that rises to the scale of the crisis. Nancy Pelosi has derided it as a “Green Dream” and Senator Dianne Feinstein is on video claiming she won’t support it just because she doesn’t think it will get enough support in the Republican-controlled senate.
I’m striking because I feel like I have run out of ways to communicate to my elected officials; that climate inaction is violence; and that my life, air and future, and those of every other 17-year-old – every young person – is on the line.
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Shout out to the snowy American midwest, where kids came out in Traverse City, Michigan and St.
Paul, Minnesota .
Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) Sign: “So bad even the introverts are here!”
Victor, 15, St Paul, Minnesota #climatestrike #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/EsWukqMHIn
March 15, 2019 Facebook Twitter 7.
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Canada Marches are also taking place across Canada, including in…
Alice-Anne Simard (@AliceAnneSimard) Live from Quebec City, Canada #climatestrike #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #GretaThunberg #GrevePourLeClimat #manifestation #Fridays4Future #schoolstrike4climate @GretaThunberg @ExtinctionR @Pourlepacte pic.twitter.com/DCQOTC6cBa
March 15, 2019 Edmonton
350 Canada (@350Canada) Hundreds of students out in Edmonton for #shoolstrikes4climate
“We’re here today to call upon all levels of our gov for a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 that protects workers & upholds Indigenous rights” Claire, Edmonton Grade 10 student #YouthClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/f9jGKyELMb
March 15, 2019 And in Montreal
MTL Blog (@mtlblog) Students have taken over the streets of Montreal! #montreal #canada https://t.co/BHF88NxrQ5 pic.twitter.com/HqZRakWsbY
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Chile Hundreds now look to be on the streets in Santiago, Chile.
Clara Salina (@clara_salina) #climatestrikes #FridaysForFuture #Santiago #Chile so proud of you! pic.twitter.com/VqX2NgcP5S
March 15, 2019
Thousands take part in a protest called by the “Fridays For Future” movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change in Santiago, Chile, on March 15, 2019. Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrators holds a placard during a protest called by the “Fridays For Future” movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change in Santiago, Chile, on March 15, 2019. Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images
An activist shows her belly, painted with the words, “to protect from our own destruction” during a protest called by the “Fridays For Future” movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
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Climate change may lead oceans to be as acidic as 14 million years ago
Made in NYC Stock quotes by finanzen.net Global warming is making oceans so acidic, they may reach the pH they were 14 million years ago Business Insider Deutschland Aug. 16, 2018, 11:36 AM If we don’t curtail our CO2 emissions soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago,…
Made in NYC Stock quotes by finanzen.net Global warming is making oceans so acidic, they may reach the pH they were 14 million years ago Business Insider Deutschland Aug. 16, 2018, 11:36 AM If we don’t curtail our CO2 emissions soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago, killing off marine life as we know it. According to a study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, global warming isn’t the only problem caused by excess CO2 emissions. Our oceans are currently experiencing unprecedented acidification due to rising CO2 levels in the water. If we don’t curb the problem soon, our oceans could soon be as acidic as they were 14 million years ago, killing off marine life as we know it.
We already know plastic waste leads to a colossal level of marine pollution and threatens the lives and habitats of many animals and plants.
We also know sunscreen can bleach coral and destroy whole reefs and that even traces of drugs can tip the hormonal balance of various marine animals. Man is to blame for a large portion of the damage the underwater world has been subjected to, but as if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out we’re causing the ocean another problem, according to a study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Global warming isn’t the only problem caused by excess CO2 emissions Research conducted by scientists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that carbon dioxide levels will soon be as high as they were 14 million years ago, when the average temperature on Earth was three degrees Celsius higher. Due to rapid global warming, the pH will have dropped dramatically by 2100. Ocean acidification occurs when the pH of water drops, due to the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere.
One third of CO2 emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the industrial revolution: 525 billion tons of CO2 have been released into the oceans since that period began. Smoke is seen from a chimney in Altay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thomson Reuters The ocean’s pH will soon be as low as it was 14 million years ago The scientists examined the pH value of the water and the CO2 content of the past 22 million years. “Our new geological record of ocean acidification shows us that on our current ‘business as usual’ emission trajectory, oceanic conditions will be unlike marine ecosystems have experienced for the last 14 million years,” said lead author of the study Sindia Sosdian in a statement .
But even the current pH value is alarmingly low: “The current pH is already probably lower than any time in the last 2 million years,” said Carrie Lear, co-author of the study. She added: “Understanding exactly what this means for marine ecosystems requires long-term laboratory and field studies as well as additional observations from the fossil record.” The catastrophic damage to marine life can no longer be averted Though scientists still have to conduct further experiments to establish the precise ramifications this change will entail within the next next few decades, one thing is clear.
If we continue as we have done up until now, the over-acidification will not only kill off existing and future coral reefs entirely; it will cause catastrophic damage to many ecosystems, in which many animals rely on underwater plants for food sources. Read the original article on Business Insider Deutschland . This post originally appeared on Business Insider Deutschland and has been translated from German.
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Single-use plastics banned by EU Parliament – CNN
(CNN) The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021. Final implementation of the legislation is expected in the next few weeks. The law, which was supported by 560 Members of the European Parliament against 35 on Wednesday, stipulates that 10…
(CNN) The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single-use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021.
Final implementation of the legislation is expected in the next few weeks. The law, which was supported by 560 Members of the European Parliament against 35 on Wednesday, stipulates that 10 single-use plastic items will be banned in order to curb ocean pollution. MEPs also agreed a target to collect and recycle 90% of beverage bottles by 2029. “Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world,” the European Commission’s first vice-president Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for sustainable development, said in a statement. Read More The new plans come after the EC found that plastics make up more than 80% of marine litter, which has disastrous effects on wildlife and habitats. The EU parliament notes that because of its slow rate of decomposition, plastic residue has been found in marine species as well as fish and shellfish — and therefore also makes its way into the human food chain.
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Saving our oceans from plastic pollution 04:47 Under the new European law, tobacco companies will be required to cover the costs for the collection of cigarette butts and manufacturers of fishing gear will also have to pay for the retrieval of any plastic nets that have been left at sea. There’s also a new focus on further raising public awareness, where producers of items such as tobacco filters, plastic cups, sanitary towels and wet wipes will be required to clearly explain to users how to appropriately dispose of them.
The European Commission first proposed the ban in May , which was approved by member states in October. Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic bags in its stomach China last year banned the import of 24 varieties of solid waste , including types of plastic and unsorted paper, putting pressure on Europe to deal with its own waste.
The World Economic Forum estimates that there are about 150 million tons of plastic in the world’s seas. A study published in Science in 2015 suggested that between five and 13 million tons more are flowing into them every year. Research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world’s oceans by 2050, which has spurred policymakers, individuals and companies into action. European nations began phasing out plastic bags more than 15 years ago.
Dozens of other countries and cities have already imposed bans or restrictions on plastic goods, including microbeads, plastic straws and coffee pods..
The last straw: European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics | Environment
Vote by MEPs paves way for law to come into force by 2021 across EU. The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban…
Vote by MEPs paves way for law to come into force by 2021 across EU. The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.
The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in all EU member states. The UK would have to follow the rules if it took part in and extended the Brexit transition period because of delays in finding a new arrangement with the EU.
The UK environment secretary, Michael Gove, who has previously sparred with the European commission over who is doing the most to cut down plastic pollution , also wants to curb single-use plastics.
As well as targeting the most common plastic beach litter, the directive will ban single-use polystyrene cups and those made from oxo-degradable plastics that disintegrate into tiny fragments.
EU member states will have to introduce measures to reduce the use of plastic food containers and plastic lids for hot drinks. By 2025, plastic bottles should be made of 25% recycled content, and by 2029 90% of them should be recycled.
The EU is also tackling the scourge of wet wipes that help to clog sewers in the form of “fatbergs”. Wet wipes, sanitary towels, tobacco filters and cups will be labelled if they are made with plastic. Packaging will warn consumers of environmental damage they do by disposing of these items incorrectly.
The “polluter pays” principle will be extended to manufacturers of fishing nets so that companies – but not fishing crews – pay the cost of nets lost at sea.
Frans Timmermans, a European commission vice-president, who has spearheaded the plan, said: “Today we have taken an important step to reduce littering and plastic pollution in our oceans and seas. We got this, we can do this.
Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world.
At the sitting in Strasbourg, 560 MEPs voted in favour of the recent agreement hammered out with EU ministers, 35 against, with 28 abstentions.
The directive only has to pass through formalities before it is published in the EU rulebook. Once that happens, EU member states will have two years to implement the directive.
Every year, Europeans generate 25m tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. More than 80% of marine litter is plastic.
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