The global Climate Strike Week, September 20th to September 27th, concludes today as many stand out calling attention to our worldwide epidemic. This climate strike was by far one of the most united efforts ever mobilized among green activists. With an estimated 150 countries around the world joining in a reported 4638 events, the global climate strike amassed over four million participating advocates. In the largest climate strike to date, the people raised concerns for government neglect to pollution, businesses operating at the expense of our ecosystems, and individuals needing to reevaluate their wasteful habits. Being that this event was done on such a large scale many events were created by local youth leading the strike. Strikers created a large variety of creative signs ranging from inspiring and eye catching, to informative and eye opening as seen with this popular sign which the creator shared to be reprinted:
Image created and shared by activist Chris Wymant via twitter @ChrisWymant
These organized events primarily took place in highly populated cities like Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Paris, yet other organizers focused on protesting against specific entities as seen with the protests outside the headquarters of American oil and gas company Chevron and various government buildings. While many fight for government intervention it’s crucial to reflect on the power of the consumer in shaping their community. Large businesses with unsustainable practices cannot flourish if their products do not sell, and we have the power to not support them. Additionally, the power of our political votes also play a direct role in shaping the way our countries deal with and handle green issues. We have these powers, and we must use them if we wish to see change.
The success of the Global Climate Strike marks not only a victory of bringing awareness to our worldwide threat but also a triumph in displaying the ability of people from all backgrounds to coalesce for our earth. As of now, few immediate actions have taken place as a result of this climate strike. but it is undeniable that the voices of those gathered have been heard and acknowledged. Just as many stood up to lead events in their towns we need to capture that courage and power as we advance our efforts from a call to an action.