Global Climate Strike this Friday, September 20th

by on September 16, 2019 · 1 comment

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By Jim Miller

It seems a day can’t go by without more dire news on the climate crisis.  Last week as the President shamefully demonized climate refugees desperately fleeing the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the UN warned that the climate crisis represents not just a threat to our environment but also to human rights.  As the Guardian reported, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet told the human rights council that, “The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope.”

Why? Because, as Bachelet explained, “The economies of all nations, the institutional, political, social and cultural fabric of every state, and the rights of all your people, and future generations, will be impacted.” Only two days after that, the Washington Post reported that “Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world” causing historically warm ocean temperatures that have prompted mass die-offs of marine life. As the Post piece explains:

A Washington Post analysis of multiple temperature data sets found numerous locations around the globe that have warmed by at least 2 degrees Celsius over the past century. That’s a number that scientists and policymakers have identified as a red line if the planet is to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences. But in regions large and small, that point has already been reached.

In other words, the climate catastrophe is here and places like the Bahamas, Uruguay, and elsewhere are already paying the price.

And our children will get the bill in full.

The good news is that in the face of this global emergency, youth are rising up.  This Friday, September 20th is the Global Climate Strike inspired by the climate activism of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year old Swedish teenager who spurred a movement by sitting down in front of the Swedish Parliament and demanding bold action on the climate crisis.

As the national website for the Climate Strike explains:

On September 20, young people and adults will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Building on a historic surge of student protests and strikes for climate action, the September 20 strike comes ahead of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change three days later, when world leaders will convene in New York with the goal of deepening climate ambition. More than 6,000 people in 150 countries are already pledging to organize events on September 20 and during the Week of Action that will follow it.

The Climate Strike demands include a Green New Deal, respect for indigenous land and sovereignty, environmental justice, protection and restoration of biodiversity, and the implementation of sustainable agriculture.  Despite condescending calls from many quarters for gradualist political “realism” notwithstanding the reality of mass extinctions, the impulse here is to demand solutions commensurate with the problem because only bold action can save us.

So, if you care about the future, take some time out of your day this Friday, September 20th and stand in solidarity with the youth climate strike.

For events in San Diego go here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avatar chimey lee September 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Hi friends,
am disabled senior very muuch in support of Climate Strike and would be very helpful
to know what the exact march area is (route) and time span (very important for disabled
folks) for length of march, am very interested in joing children’s march if possible.
Problem -I have emergency dental appointment in San Rafael, Cal (north of SF)
on Friday 9-20-19, at 11:30AM, By local bus not sure if I will be able to join march
in time, via local Golden Gate buses.
thanks for any and all help on this matter
chimey lee

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