Saved You A Google: The Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike

Saved You A Google: The Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike

We break down the facts and list down how you can participate.

Header image via facebook.com/youthstrike4climateph

 

 

In August 2018, 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg walked out of class to stage a protest in front of the Swedish Parliament. Her plea? Pay attention to the climate crisis. Greta’s protest, dubbed as the “School Strike for Climate” has since been replicated around the world, with students like her hoping to raise global awareness about the risks posed by climate change. Mostly, they also voiced their frustration at the lack of action by the government given the dire circumstances. 

This coming Sept. 20, you have the chance to participate in the Global Climate Strike. Different environmental organizations around the Philippines have mobilized to amplify our voices, with the strikes taking place across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

Bringing reusable cutlery is nice and all, but we all know that real change comes from collective action. Participating in the Global Climate Strike is your chance to do that. Here’s what you need to know about the strikes in our country. 

 

Why are we striking? 

It’s simple: we want people (older generations especially) to listen and take action. Let’s be real: the reason we’re in this mess in the first place isn’t only because you decided to use a plastic straw that one time. Looking at the bigger picture, the reason our future on this planet is being jeopardized is because of greed from larger entities — entities whose big bosses might not even live long enough to deal with the consequences. 

Our future is at stake, and this is why it’s important for us to reach people like them. In this case, it’s the government and bigger corporations. The Youth Strike For Climate team’s list of demands for the Philippine government include to phase out coal and other fossil fuels in the Philippines’ energy supply chain, transition to 100% renewable energy, safeguard the rights of indigenous people and environmental defenders, strengthen research and legislation, and most importantly, declare a climate emergency. The hope is that the government — and other individuals or institutions who have the influence and power to create change — pay attention to the climate crisis and do something about it. 

How can I join? 

Just head to the climate strike near you! Details of each strike per location vary, so stay updated by keeping tabs on the Youth Strike for Climate PH page. Mobilizations can vary from protests to forums. Whichever the case is, it’s highly encouraged to bring friends — we’re all aiming for collective action to save our home, and there’s no better way to do it than surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, bringing a sustainably-made sign or two, and strengthening the cause.

 

 

Where can I join?

The climate strike is taking place all over the country — and all over the world. In the Philippines alone, there will be over 20 demonstrations supporting the cause across locations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Aside from Metro Manila, you can join in Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Bataan, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Albay, Sorsogon, Samar, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Palawan, Leyte, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Davao, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, and Tawi-Tawi. See the list here

There will be an estimated total of 2,500 events in 150 countries, including the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, India, Russia, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Greta Thunberg’s native Sweden. 

What can I do if I can’t join the march?

Not everyone will be able to join the march on Friday and that’s okay. There’s still a lot more that you can do to help the cause. The fight against climate change will only be won if we all join hands. Here are some things that you can do:

 

Support environmental groups

The Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines is just one of the many environmental groups that call for immediate action against the climate crisis. There’s the World Wildlife Fund- Philippines and their #AyokoNgPlastic campaign that fights against single-use plastics, Save Philippine Seas and their yearly Sea Camp that educates the youth on marine environmental issues, and the Haribon Foundation that rehabilitates endangered species. 

 

Be vocal and educate your peers

Even a simple conversation to inform your mom and dad, or your friends about the climate crisis is already helpful. Read up on everything there is to know and break down the basics to your uninformed friends. Let them know that the climate crisis is very real, and very deadly for all of us. Here’s an article by Youth 4 Climate Strike co-founder Jefferson Estela to help you get started. 

 

[READ: The climate crisis needs our attention, and this young advocate isn’t wasting any more time]

 

Minimize your trash

There’s only so much that a single person can do, and it’s always better to call out the government and big corporations on being more conscious of the environment, but it wouldn’t hurt to not use a straw or bring a reusable tumbler everyday. Just try not to be so self-righteous about it — not everyone can afford to be environment-friendly. 

For more information, visit the Youth For Climate Strike Philippines Facebook page.