“…the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” (Greta Thunberg, November 2018)
Last Friday was the day of the global climate strike. I was both thrilled and dismayed by the events of the day. First and foremost, I was awed as I watched the news feeds that morning. MILLIONS of people all over the world gathered, marched, and made their voices heard. Streets were packed with strikers. Voices were heard. The movement is growing.
But. It still has a long way to go. Many people I talked to that day didn’t know about the climate strike. The strike I attended only had about 300 people. The vibe was strong and the message clear, but there simply weren’t that many people there. Then I watched the national news. The story about the NFL football player who doesn’t know how to treat people was three stories ahead of the news about the GLOBAL climate strike. On the local news the climate strike was buried five stories in, like it was a passing human interest story they felt obligated to cover. Don’t get me wrong. The movement IS growing. But Friday’s strike wasn’t, and shouldn’t be, a one time thing. It was one step on a long journey. Want to get involved? Check out these organizations: