Activists around the world are set to stage the largest climate protests since 2019, with demonstrations in 54 countries planned starting on Friday and continuing through the weekend.
From Germany and the Philippines to the United States, thousands of climate activists led by a number of climate organizations, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future movement, have planned more than 500 rallies in multiple cities around the world.
These strikes demand an end to the use of fossil fuels that heat the planet, especially as the world faces rising casualties and economic challenges due to unprecedented floods, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes and droughts.
Thunberg’s Fridays for Future said, “The fossil fuel industry runs on greed and exploitation, sacrificing the lives of others to line its own pockets.” In a press release. “We must end the fossil fuel era, not only for the sake of our planet and our survival, but also to break free from the chains of neocolonialism. Fossil fuel extraction perpetuates a cycle of colonial dominance.”
Protest organizers expect millions to turn out for a global vote over the weekend, in what could be the largest global climate protest since 2019. school strike for climate Thunberg’s movement which organized millions of people.
Earlier this month, the World Meteorological Organization released data confirming that June to August 2023 was the hottest three-month period ever recorded globally.
WMO reported that last month was the “hottest August” and the second-hottest month on record after July 2023. August 2023 was about 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average.
The United Nations has blamed all these climate changes and disasters on increased consumption of carbon fuels, which emit greenhouse gases that trap heat, and cited the impact of this year’s El Nino on global temperature rise. .
The strike is planned for Sunday in New York City to kick off the city’s Climate Week and ahead of the UN climate summit on September 20, according to . associated Press.
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