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The future is us: in Europe, students led the fight against climate change

French schoolchildren and students joined the pan-European youth movement against climate change, which was initiated by sixteen-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg. March 15 the youth of France will take part in the “world strike for the future”.

In Paris on 22 February, several hundred students and high school students staged a demonstration against climate change. This procession was headed by Swedish schoolgirl and activist Greta Thunberg. At 16 she has already won an audience with the UN Secretary-General , Antonio Guterres and the President of France Emmanuel Makron, gave a speech at the Davos forum and the UN Conference on climate change in Poland (COP24).

Greta Thunberg, which was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, became famous in his homeland in September last year, when I decided every Friday to skip school and make a single protest outside the Parliament building in Stockholm. Summer 2018 issued in Sweden especially hot and dry, this Scandinavian country had to contend with forest fires.

Schoolgirl requires the government to reduce carbon dioxide emissions according to the commitments in the outcomes of the Paris climate conference 2015. In fairness it should be noted that in Sweden the tax on carbon dioxide emissions is one of the highest in the world.

Greta Thunberg sure it’s time to “panic” because of climate change, and encourages their peers around the world to conduct a “school strike”. In Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and Australia thousands of students on Fridays out on the streets demanding from the authorities to better fight against climate change. “Because our leaders behave like children, we need to assume this responsibility they had to take quite a long time,” says Greta Thunberg.

“It is an inspiring example, says in an interview with RFI 23-year-old martial Breton, Vice-President of the Association for the protection of the environment CliMates. — She was only 15 years old when she began her strike. Inspiring and the simplicity of her words. She says: why go to classes if in a few years I won’t have a future? Her reproach, often say, go to school, study climate change, become a researcher. But what if politicians don’t listen to scientists? If we have leaders like Donald trump, and our own leaders who don’t listen to scientists?”.

Youth movement against climate change has become pan-European. Some already draw Parallels with the well-known program of the European Union student exchange “Erasmus”, which largely contributed to the mobility and cultural relations in Europe. But this movement already came out and beyond the Old continent.

“We see this movement easily crosses borders, says martial Breton. We see that the problems of environment and climate outside of our cultures. The movement exists in the United States, in Australia. It begins to take shape in Africa and India. Therefore, there is a whole community For Future Fridays, which began with a simple idea — to hold a strike on Friday. The Internet, too. In Paris, shares she was Greta from Sweden, young people from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, England.”

“Global strike for the future”

Greta Thunberg called for a “global strike for the future” on March 15. French pupils and students are going to participate in it. Events are planned in dozens of cities of France.

“Our government has made a commitment to ban glyphosate in France in the next three years. But then passed back. As a result of this herbicide down to 80%. Our government pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But in practice nothing changes. So every Friday we’ll demonstrate. Young people mobilized, because after all it is our future. And on March 15 will be an international strike, which was called Greta Thunberg on climate change Conference in Poland. We also will participate,” — said in an interview with RFI, the Chairwoman of the French student Union UNEF Melanie Luce.

“We, the pupils and students should speak out against inaction of most adults. (…) Nobody wants to study or work for the future that doesn’t exist. Everyone can make a contribution, but if the adults will destroy our hope, through inaction, our efforts will be meaningless,” — said in a statement on the portal of Youth for Climate France.

Recall that the Paris climate deal aims to ogranichenii the increase in global average temperature within at least two or even half a degree in comparison with indicators of the pre-industrial era. The intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in its report underlinesthat limiting global warming of half a degree will require a rapid and unprecedented measures in all spheres of public life.

Source:ru.rfi.fr
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