Sunday, May 26th, 2019. New York City – On Friday, May 24th, 2019, it was the 2nd Global Climate Strike. Hundreds of students, some teachers, parents and other people gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square in Manhattan. They demanded that “NYC Mayor (and U. S. presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.”
More than 1 million students, teachers, parents, politicians and other people from around the world went on strike in protest of the climate crisis.
Organizers said on Facebook before the event: “THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. On May 24th, New York City students will join countries around the world in the 2nd ever Global Climate Strike. We are demanding that NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio follow the UK, Ireland and countless cities around the world who have declared a Climate Emergency.
You may have heard about the first event March 15th. The first Global Climate Strike was held on March 15th with over 1 million students striking school in 125 different countries around the world. The protests called for politicians to take immediate action to combat climate change and New York City students agreed. At 2pm on March 15th, five thousand students rallied at Columbus Circle, walking out of their classes to demand that New York City take action.
On May 24th we will rally at Columbus Circle at 2PM and then March to Time Square because TIME. IS. UP.
The March 15th Youth Climate Strike: During the week of March 15, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places. The 1.6million strikers is data gathered by FFF for 40% of countries.
About Fridays for Future Global: #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.
On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.
The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes.”
According to the website earth-strike.com/en/united-states. Their demands are:
Enact energy systems of community-led renewable energies.
Wind-down and end all fossil fuel extraction, and become totally carbon neutral by 2035.
End all pipeline projects.
Guarantee the sovereignty of indigenous lands with regards to government and government sponsored projects involving their land.
Democratically determine and allocate community led renewable energy initiatives.
Fund and expand carbon neutral and fare-free public transit.
Prepare for Climate Change and protect those most harmed.
Aid communities displaced by climate catastrophes with a focus on rebuilding sustainable infrastructure, including providing state-level aid to United States territories for natural disasters.
Increase funding for FEMA by at least 50%.
Offer a grant program to people who lose their means of survival due to energy transition.
Improve FEMA to better serve the needs of communities.
End the FEMA 50% rule and all regulations that base community aid on market values of property.
Train FEMA and other disaster response personnel to work with low income and homeless, people of color, and other marginalized communities
End the use of military/police forces in disaster relief programs.
Provide transportation and lodging in evacuation situations for everyone, prioritizing at-risk communities.
Protect workers by repealing the Taft-Hartley Act.
Include climate change and environmental safety in collective bargaining and union negotiations with employers.
Retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and disaster resilience.
Build climate-adaptive infrastructure.
Improve sustainability of agricultural processes.
End all subsidies to the meat industry.
Regulate large-scale agriculture to reduce methane emissions, limit hazardous runoff, and preserve biodiversity.
End factory farming and create significantly stricter regulations in regard to quality of life for livestock.
Further research and development on addressing dairy and other animal agriculture related environmental concerns.
Cattle must be fed diet of at least 50% grass grazing and the rest will be supplemented with grain and forages with less than 10% corn
Enact non-retaliation policies to limit large company’s control over individual farmers’ agricultural practices.
End seed patents on genetically modified crops.
Incentivize planting native/food gardens on residential properties.
In conjunction with the above, ban lawn grass.
Incentivize local production/consumption of food.
Sustainably manage resources.
Mindfully manage potable water resources, and the inclusion of rainwater into irrigation and waste systems.
Limit logging to only what can be replanted in the span of 1 year and enforce that replanting occurs.
Deprivatize and municipalize all water supplies.
The Guardian says, “Students from 1,800 towns and cities in more than 110 countries stretching from India to Australia and the UK to South Africa, walked out of lessons on Friday, the organisers of the action said.
This is the latest school climate strike, inspired by teenager Greta Thunberg, who has become a global figurehead since protesting outside Sweden’s parliament in 2018. The young people are demanding politicians take urgent action to avoid catastrophic ecological breakdown.
The school protests come amid growing evidence of the scale of the climate crisis. Last year, the UN’s leading scientists warned that there were just 12 years to limit climate catastrophe. Earlier this month, another UN report warned that the widespread collapse of ecosystems was putting humanity itself at risk. And just last week it emerged that the Antarctic ice is melting much faster than previously feared and global atmospheric CO2 emissions reached a record level of 415ppm.
The school strike movement started last August when Thunberg, then 15, held her solo protest in Stockholm. Since then it has snowballed to be one of the most significant climate movements in history.
On Friday Thunberg, and leading youth strikers across the world, called for all adults to join the protests and stage a global general strike on 20 September.
Writing in the Guardian they said: “We’re asking adults to step up alongside us … today, so many of our parents are busy discussing whether our grades are good, or a new diet or the Game of Thrones finale – whilst the planet burns,” they write. “But to change everything, we need everyone. It is time for all of us to unleash mass resistance … if we [demand change] in numbers we have a chance.”
Before Friday’s strikes, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the last global day of strikes in March.”
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