Australian news, and some related international items

Students strike to spur adults into climate action

Kids across the globe are protesting a failure of governments to cut greenhouse-gas emissions Science News for Students, KATHIANN KOWALSKI, MAR 11, 2019 “……  As of March 6, there were 596 planned events across 64 countries, according to a list kept by the group Fridays For Future.

Milou Albrecht, 14, of Castlemaine, Australia, is a co-leader of strikes in her country. What motivates her, she says, is worry about wildfires. When she was little, a fire quickly approached the bush country where she was playing at a friend’s house.,,,,,,

A worldwide movement   Many young protesters have drawn inspiration from Greta Thunberg. The 16-year old Swedish teen……..

began regularly protesting outside Sweden’s Parliament last summer. She also has encouraged kids to strike in other countries. She even spoke to delegates at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC). It was held in December in Katowice, Poland.

“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes,” Greta told attendees at the UNCCC. There is still time to limit the worst impacts, she noted — but only if governments act now. “Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible,” she said, “there is no hope.”…..

“Climate denialism is like suicide,”  Nakate Vanessa of Uganda,  says of the people who argue climate change is not happening. “We cannot let ourselves perish as we look on without doing anything,” she says. “Not taking climate action is like locking yourself up in a house on fire.”  …….

As Greta Thunberg told the United Nations meeting, “We have run out of excuses, and we are running out of time.”

March 13, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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