Upon visiting the main website for Earth Strike, readers are shown a simple message that the group ”are a grassroots movement demanding immediate climate action from governments and corporations worldwide.” The message is clear enough, but what’s important is the sentiment that lies behind the movement: The people are going to have to fight governments and corporations worldwide to ensure that real action is taken.
Young people are rightfully terrified of the effects of climate change. UN reports show that we have just 12 years to make meaningful changes to reduce the impact of climate change otherwise the earth will radically change; with extreme weather becoming normal and rising sea levels and food insecurity caused by drought and flooding.
It is already hard enough to be a young person. Aside from the usual troubles and worries associated with coming of age, young people are facing new challenges that no one has prepared them for. Mental health is becoming an epidemic among young people, the housing crisis shows few signs of improving and after years of austerity affecting community policing and outreach, knife crime has become far more common in urban areas.
These issues are important, but still pale in comparison to the issue of climate change, and young people know it, with polls showing that climate change is top concern among young people.
Despite it being a huge concern for younger generations, it can often seem hard to make an impact on such a huge issue, although more and more people are going vegan and using more Eco-friendly products in their daily lives, given that 71% of global emissions are caused by just 100 companies, individual action is not enough.
Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old climate change activist, has been leading the charge for school strikes, pushing the #FridaysForFuture tag to encourage young people to strike all over Europe to demand climate action.
Thunberg has become an inspirational figure for young people, speaking at the U.N and encouraging thousands to march all over Europe. Her message has been that young people cannot stand by and watch their future disappear due to the inaction of politicians.
This is where the Earth Strike movement comes in. By taking action through protests, strikes and media campaigns, young people are leading the charge towards disrupting the status quo to force governments to act on climate change.
Culminating in a general strike on the 27th of September, the Earth Strike movement looks to be one of the most promising ways in which people are taking serious action on climate change.
What the past few decades have shown is that governments and business will not take climate change seriously unless the people force them to, and that is exactly what this movement is doing.
For more info, check out
The Youth strike for climate’s twitter @Strike4Youth
Earth Strike UK’s twitter @earthstrikeuk