Global Call to Save the Planet

#EarthStrike: Environmental activists are calling for a global general strike on Sept. 27th 2019. It is the 57th anniversary of Silent Spring, the book that kick-started the environmentalist movement. Activists have organized the movement Earth Strike to pressure groups around the world to take immediate action in order to avoid irreversible climate change before it’s too late. The movement has formed a plan of action for 2019 with four primary international events. Three protests lead up to the September 27th global general strike.

Here is an excerpt from the mission on the movement’s website: 

“The world’s leading climate scientists have warned us that we have until 2030 to prevent temperature increases from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s a little over twelve years – by environmental standards, the blink of an eye. If we let the world’s temperature rise by a little over 2 degrees Celsius, the results will be catastrophic – sea levels will rise to untenable levels, heatwaves will become far more common, freshwater will become even more scarce, and many more effects besides.

The time to act is now, before it’s too late. According to the CDP’s Carbon Majors Report of 2017, 71% of the world’s global industrial greenhouse gas emissions come from just 100 polluters. It is clear that the interests of big business no longer drive the prosperity of the human race. As a society, we need to change our course.

For this reason, we will organize worldwide actions, culminating in a global strike. We need to make the world’s governments and the world’s businesses listen to the people, and the best way to do that is by refusing to participate in those businesses and governments. There will be no banking, no offices full of employees or schools full of children.”

The movement’s international demands are, “An immediate start on global co-operation to reverse the damage done to the earths’ climate, through unambiguous and binding agreements, by both world leaders and corporate entities, following IPCC projections of halving carbon net emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050;

International, unambiguous and binding commitments to halt the destruction of rainforests and other wildlife habitats, and International, unambiguous and binding agreements designed to hold corporations accountable for the greenhouse gases they produce.”

The organizers are calling for multiple global protests in 2019: January 15th, April 27th, August 1st, and the 27th of September with a call for a global general strike. For more information, check out their website: https://earth-strike.com/

 

 

Photo Adapted From: “Wheatgrass” by Ervins Strauhmanis is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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