On September 20, 2019 many of the young people of the world and their supporters will be marching in support of climate justice. The last five years have been the warmest in human history, sea levels are rising, storms are increasing in intensity, drought stricken areas are increasing, natural disasters are becoming commonplace. One-thousand year events are happening with a terrifying frequency. It seems that everyday a plethora of articles are published describing the latest atrocities the climate has inflicted, frequently on the most vulnerable in our societies.
The climate crisis is already affecting billions around the globe. It is precipitating mass migration, civil wars, economic losses, and famine. Emigration from Syria to Europe and from Central America to the United States has been exacerbated by both violence and the climate crisis. Those are but two high profile examples of the problem.
Everyone physically able should turn out on September 20th to show his/her support and prove to the governments and news outlets around the globe that people are demanding action. The time has come. Common decency and humanity demands action, now, for the sake of our children and future generations to come. How utterly selfish and arrogant to willfully ignore the crisis and leave our mess for others to suffer with. Probably, the same arrogance that believes it’s someone else’s responsibility to flush their waste in a public rest room, or even at home. Those others will be your children or grandchildren.
In the US, the ultimate statement of support to combat the climate crisis will come on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. At that time we will have the opportunity to put local, state and federal candidates in place who will recognize their obligation to design and implement policies and programs mitigating the climate crisis. The climate crisis is an existential threat to our way of life. We should vote in recognition of that. It should be a primary consideration in the election booth.
I recognize that combatting the climate crisis will be difficult and require social adaptations. But, you know what? Life during the Second World War on the home fronts was rough. Sacrifices were required. People made them because they knew they didn’t have a choice. We are in a similar situation now.
In the US, more than 70% of the public recognizes that the changing climate is a problem. Many recognize that it goes beyond being a problem. It is a crisis.
The climate crisis demands action. We shouldn’t be calling it Climate Change any longer. The evidence indicates that the proper term is Climate Crisis.
Please join the activities on September 20th in any manner you can.