With a huge climate strike, that was set to go across the world worldwide in April, there was a huge volume of school students who walked out of school. The first day saw an estimated 1.5 million students walk out in 134 countries across the world. The major aim of the walkout is to spread awareness among adults about the more important problems that the world is facing. In Britain, coordinated strikes were planned at least 108 locations. One of the demands of the coordinators of the UK student climate network was to get climate change added to the national curriculum. They also added that the theme of the strike week was Teach the future. There were many students providing opinions on the strike and its effects. One of them stated that the huge walkouts alongside by extinction rebellion have had a good impact.
Workers from many trade unions also joined the walkouts and expressed the need to keep the momentum on climate change going to make the moment as strong as possible. When people see that there is a big step taken by school children towards a goal, adults tend to notice the cause and/ or understand it better. A vibrant and determined climatic moment will gain more followers and thus provoke immediate action throughout the world.
Ice Melting at an alarming rate
`The rate at which ice sheets in Antarctica are melting now is almost 5 times more than what it was a few decades ago. The warming oceans are causing glaciers to melt and has increased the sea level at an alarming rate. A recent study has suggested that the rate at which ice is melting is increasing two-fold every decade. This suggested rate is a lot more than the one predicted a few years ago. The process of melting of icecaps was initially studied in geological time scales, but with the exponential increase observed, the rate is measured by people’s timeline now. The increase in sea level found in 1992 is almost 5mm. But at the rate at which the ice sheets are melting right now, the West Antarctic ice sheets would melt and cause a 5 m rise in sea level throughout the world. Thus urgent action is required to stop the increase in the rising sea levels.
Swarm at town hall in Hackney
Hackney townhall was stormed by Extinction rebellion activists, in an approach to stop the East London Council to stop using Glyphosate weed killer which is harmful to humans and animals. It also causes complications in bee populations and makes them prone to infection. The herbicide damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees.
Activists from the Greenpeace blockaded BP’s headquarters in an attempt to disrupt the oil firm. The activists set up camp on all the 5 entrances on the company and in the process 12 of the activists were arrested. One of the activists said that the business had to be shut down as it was not an option.