Global Climate Strike on — youth having their say in Jamaica

It’s on. And it’s growing.

All over the world, people (especially young people) are marching for the future of the planet.

Protesters take part in the Global Climate Strike march in Cape Town, South Africa (Photo: Los Angeles Time)

From small towns in India to huge crowds in Berlin, Germany (where official numbers are 270,000 demonstrators) people are calling for action from their leaders on climate change. Here are a few messages on placards:

Global climate strike happening in New York City (Photo: Twitter — @alysonsilkowsi)

“I wish I could be as hot as this planet!”

“There is no Planet B”

“Don’t Mess with Mother Earth”

Students across the globe are speaking out.

What began as a weekly Friday “school strike” organized by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has been building steadily amongst world youth. The shy Swedish girl has met with world leaders, including the UN Secretary General, and addressed the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC this week.

Greta Thunberg

Another teenage girl activist, Malala Yousafzai, who campaigns for girls’ education, tweeted her support to Greta. Malala is now 22 years old and the youngest Nobel Prize winner at age 17.

So what’s happening in Jamaica?

Students, local residents and environmental activists (supported by artistes Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica and others) are gathered in the town square in Stewart Town, Trelawny – an area not protected under the proposed boundaries – for a #SaveCockpitCountry day, timed to coincide with the Global Climate Strike. Besides the pressing issue of bauxite mining, climate change is a major concern for the area.

The Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20 is a prelude to the United Nations Climate Summit 2019, to take place at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, September 23.

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UN Headquarters in New York

It is also ahead of the Youth Climate Summit, where three young Jamaicans (Jhanelle Tomlinson, Dainalyn Swaby and Michael Morgan) will be sharing their plans and ideas with youth from around the world in an action-oriented meeting on September 21 at the UN Headquarters.