Imagine waking up to a world where it is snowing in the Sahara desert and the polar ice caps have melted submerging huge chunks of landmass in its wake?
A glimpse of this future presented itself to the world last month. Temperatures across North America dropped down radically catching the USA in a swirl of snow. While the polar vortex was sending chills down the spines of people in the Northern Hemisphere it was throwing a different tantrum in the Southern Hemisphere.
Down under in Australia, the heat was turned on. The sun was beating down hard and temperatures soared up to a scorching 46-degree centigrade. This unusual change in temperature pattern affected the Darling-Murray river system in quite a significant way. Climate change claimed for itself thousands of fish which were found floating dead on the banks of the Murray River.
While nature was letting the people know its wrath, Donald Trump too was making his presence felt on Twitter. On climate change, he earlier claimed it was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Recently when the United States was in the grip of the polar vortex he asked for global warming to make a comeback!
The alacrity and the firmness of resolve shown by a person occupying one of the most coveted and responsible positions of power has planted seeds of doubt in the ability of governments to effectively combat climate change in a timely manner.
Though it has not been bad news all around the spectrum, the pace at which the news is making headlines is a cause of concern. Be it the International Solar Alliance envisaged by India and France to reduce dependence on thermal energy in the countries between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Or be it, the initiative taken by the public transport in the Indonesian city of Surabaya of giving tickets to passengers for recycling plastic waste.
These initiatives though successful are not a complete solution in itself. They are just pieces in the jigsaw puzzle titled ‘combating climate change‘. The future inheritors of the planet think so and are demanding from their respective governments to put environment at the top of their political agenda.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not for every man’s greed.” , said Mahatma Gandhi. The avarice of human beings has placed the future of the next generations on the precipice. But the next generation has decided to fight for what is their right.
According to the statistics in a World Economic Forum report the outlook for the future is grave. In it, it says the scientists predict that the planet’s sixth mass extinction is underway and the world has just 12 years to limit the warming up to 1.5-degree centigrade. Students are carrying out climate change strikes to get this message across to global decision makers and as they call it ‘change the fate of humanity’.
In order to make their voices heard students across 57 nations on the planet organised rallies in their respective countries. If you think it is a one-time thing, you are mistaken. Students are determined to seize the initiative and ready to take to the streets to safeguard their future. They are prepared to continue to do what they did on 15 March 2019 till the governments across the globe act decisively to protect the rapidly diminishing bounty of nature.
As the saying goes, we live on borrowed time. Time and resources borrowed from the future generations. We are in a race against time to save the planet we so dearly call home. Today’s students will inherit this home to live their lives tomorrow. To ensure they have tomorrow the governments will need to act today.
6 thoughts on “Students Rally To Protest Against Inaction on Climate Change”
I love your quote from Gandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” The US needs to hear that and change their ways fast if we are to make it. Many people feel entitled to the conveniences we are used to. Then, the corporate/political logjam needs to be broken apart. We need to get off fossil fuels and the thousands of products we don’t really need. Thank you for your article.
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Thank you for your warm response.
I wish I could say they will learn once they are affected by the problem. But with the clock ticking that is not an option.
With a head of state more concerned about business deals and who refuses to admit that climate change is a problem, it is quite difficult to find solutions.
I agree that there should be public participation. But organisations and citizens on their own can only do so much.
Trump is a problem. The Republicans and Democrats are also problems because they are both taking money from fossil fuel companies.
It was also disappointing that the number of students at the climate strikes in the US was much lower than the rest of the world and we pollute the most per person here.
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Donald Trump and corporate lobbyists together are a recipe for disaster. Coal lobbyists have wrecked the solar ecosystem there.
And with Trump’s MAGA promise and getting jobs he is making it worse.
He withdrew from the Paris Agreement as he did not want the USA to share its burden of helping other countries combat climate change. I think this perception needs to be countered to see action on climate change.
The Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, the Children’s Trust, and Greta Thunberg are all doing awesome things. Hopefully all, with our support, can break the backs of Big Money.
I too hope that the lobbyists are cut off from the sphere of influence. Fingers crossed!