World Climate Action Day || September 25, 2020 || • [Narwhal + Moon]
Friday, September 25, 2020 marks World Climate Action Day.
Organized by Fridays for Future, a global climate strike movement that began in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg launched a school climate strike. The aim is to put moral pressure on policymakers to listen to scientists and then take strong action to limit global warming. Policymakers are best placed to create the rules and regulations that can impact the future of the planet.
Last year we went to Parliament in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, to demand action from our government.
This year, World Climate Action Day could look a little different thanks to COVID-19 and the regional restrictions that have been put in place.
Why do we have to act
The average global temperature is about 1 ° C warmer than it was during pre-industrial levels. The 2018 IPCC report showed that we could reach the 1.5 ° C threshold by 2030 – in less than 10 years! It may not seem like a huge increase, but it is the difference between life and death for thousands of people.
Rising temperatures are linked to increased greenhouse gas emissions and recorded levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and in ice core samples. The increase in temperature is also correlated with our combustion of fossil fuels.
Take action: strike
Check the Fridays for the Future Card to see if there are strikes in your area. If there isn’t one in your area, you can host an event and have it listed on their map. When you organize a strike, demonstration or march in your area, be sure to follow all local guidelines and COVID-19 safety measures.
Unable to go on a physical strike for World Climate Day?
You can still participate.
Be creative and do your part.
Make signs or posters and post on social media.
Organize a mini event before school or during lunch by standing outside with a sign if your school allows this with current COVID regulations. I know it wouldn’t be possible at my kid’s Jr high school.
Wear a ribbon to show your support. Blue for the ocean planet, green for the forest planet… or maybe both. Since masks are needed in most places, you can write a message on a mask to show your support.
Be sure to share your Global Climate Action Day achievements online with the hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #ClimateStrike.