Young people stage global climate strike in 125 countries against climate inaction as CEOs voice their support

Young people rallied on 15 March to press politicians to act on climate change - the global climate strike took place in over 2000 locations in 125 countries on all continents, including Antarctica. Their message is that "last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on globalwarming could not have been clearer about the extreme dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global warming" and that to have any chance of avoiding that extreme danger emissions must drop rapidly – so that by the time they are in their mid- and late-20s they are living in a transformed world. They are also saying that "we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose". CEOs of Kering, Unilever and Virgin, along with other B Team leaders, sent messages of support on Twitter. 

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15 March 2019

B Team leaders, incl. CEOs of Kering, Unilever & Virgin, support youth climate strike

Author: The B Team (USA)

"B Team leaders support #FridaysForFuture", 15 Mar 2019

As students around the world participate in today's Global Student Strike for Climate Action, our B Team Leaders are sharing their support and thanking students for reminding the world what its leaders are accountable for—their future. Sharan Burrow [General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation said] : "Their courage deserves our support. On #15March#unions will stand with the students..",  Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus declare[d] his support for the global day of climate action and [said]:  "Together, I stand with the students striking for the protection of our climate."...; François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, share[d] his support to the March 15th Global Student Strike for Climate Action...  Christiana Figueres [the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said]: "A whole new generation has understood the Paris Agreement’s significance and the urgent need to act on climate to protect our future". Richard Branson [CEO of Virgin sent] best wishes to all supporting #schoolstrike4climate & #FridaysForFuture...  Paul Polman [CEO of Unilever] said: "Today students all over the world are taking part in #YouthStrike4Climate demanding climate action for their futures. You all have my full support. Thank you for the bravery & passion you show."...

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15 March 2019

Young people striking against climate change say fossil fuel cos. are endangering their future

Author: Greta Thunberg, Anna Taylor & others

"Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all", 15 Mar 2019

Strikes started in front of the Swedish parliament, on 20 August – a regular school day. Greta Thunberg sat with her painted sign and some homemade flyers. This was the first school climate strike. Fridays wouldn’t be regular schooldays any longer. The rest of us, and many more alongside us, picked it up in Australia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Uganda. Today the climate strike will take place all around the world. This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice. We knew there was a climate crisis... These strikes are happening today...because politicians have failed us. We’ve seen years of negotiations, pathetic deals on climate change, fossil fuel companies being given free rein to carve open our lands, drill beneath our soils and burn away our futures for their profit. We’ve seen fracking, deep sea drilling and coalmining continue... Last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on global warming could not have been clearer about the extreme dangers of going beyond 1.5C of global warming.... Scientists have also shown us that burning fossil fuels is “the world’s most significant threat to children’s health”... [T]he worst effects of climate change are disproportionately felt by our most vulnerable communities...

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