September 2019 witnessed a major world strike also known as Global week for the future which is a series of protests and international strikes for demanding actions to be taken to address climate change. Key dates of the strike included 20 September, which was three days before the United Nations Climate Summit, and the next date is 27th September. Together with the full week from 20 to 27 September proposed for a worldwide general climate strike called the Earth strike. The protests have been taking place across 4500 locations including Bihar in 150 countries. This event is a part of the school strike for the climate movement, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
In 2018, Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, sat continuously for three weeks outside the Swedish parliament to protest against a lack of measures to fight with climate change. Then she started this as a tradition of holding a strike on every Friday till something was done. Soon students from all around the world began to follow suit and started holding protests in front of their parliament in hope that this would make their voice heard.Thunberg quoted that she won’t stop her sit-ins until Sweden is in line with the Paris agreement. Global temperature has risen this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Most of the glaciers have melted and there is an urgent need for a step and action regarding this to save the environment.
Her protests have inspired millions of people all over the world. Held during school hours of countries at their local times, the global protest, orchestrated by various environmental and student groups in concert with Thunberg saw students from 2050 cities from 123 countries across the world. Multiple cities in India participated in the movement, with schools and student groups from metropolitan cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and also in many smaller cities to voice their concern over the planet’s fate.
Bihar has also taken the initiative to join the Global Climate Strike. In Madhubani on September 20, the government schools with youth came on the road to support the strike. In Lakhisarai too, the strike started near Ramgarh Chowk with students, teachers, and parents with the community people.
On 20th September 2019 concerned citizens of Patna came together to join the Global Climate Strike at Gandhi Murti, Gandhi Maidan. Around 60 people gathered to plan out the global strike event for next Friday.
Nagesh Anand from Tarumitra explained about the plan, “We would visit schools and want to help with posters, badges, and stickers to organize for the Climate Strike. The event could be a great opportunity for students to understand the climate crisis that we are going through and what they could personally do about it. We would provide 20 posters to the participating school, our volunteers will go to the school)college to help conduct the solidarity event. The event will be a 30-minute event. The students could pose with the posters and the pictures could be uploaded to social media with the hashtag #LetPatnaBreathe #ClimateStrike.”
Farmers may be the most hurt by climate change, but other workers can be affected, too. In industries such as construction, high temperatures can make life miserable for workers and decrease their productivity. According to the International Labour Organization, the loss in productivity by 2030 because of heat stress could be the equivalent of India losing 34 million full-time jobs-the highest among the world’s most populous nations.
This year, in Bihar there were several cases of deaths because of heat strokes. The temperature is rising day by day. The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C.Millions of students and other activists abandoned school and work to join mass protests calling for action against climate change before UN SUMMIT.
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27Th September will also gather youth on road starting from Art College at noon. The school and college students will join the march. This march has been initiated by the youth of Patna belonging to various schools, colleges and organisations.
Akansha, the alumnus of TISS who is actively participating in the global strike quoted, “We all should turn zero waste family in our-self first- reduce water consumption, conservation of water during raining season and recycling of kitchen waste by making compost in home itself and stop burning of waste in an open atmosphere. World in itself will change with collective efforts because nothing happens single handled.”
We should know that there is no Planet B and we all have to come out to support this strike to let the government know that 2020 is too far for actions and we want hardcore and implementable action now. PatnaBeats supports this cause and invite all the students, job seekers and people around to join the Global Strike with the slogans and messages for government and citizen on posters .
THOSE WHO WANTS TO CONTRIBUTE IN THIS FRIDAY FOR FUTURE STRIKE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE can drop a message on – 8789085757. There is a poster making competition and a volunteer meet at Art and Craft College on 26th September at 3 pm. Please come and help make the march a big success!
Quote of the day-“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”