Better warmth in the heart than in the climate! - Together for a better future.
August 20, 2018, Stockholm: The then 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg sits in the Swedish Reichstag building and holds a sign that reads, “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (school strike for the climate).
Today everyone knows her, Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future organization founded by the girl. There is even a movie about the courageous Swedish girl. In Austria, too, there have been Fridays for Future demonstrations for almost two years. Under the hashtag #fridaysforfuture, thousands and thousands of people, especially young people, share their thoughts and opinions on this important topic every day.
This global organization has many goals, but a very central one: "In order to secure life on the planet, global warming must remain below 1,5 ° C."
The Austrian activists specifically demand that the measures of the climate and ecological emergency are implemented, that climate protection is anchored in the constitution, the phase-out from oil, coal and gas, the reduction of greenhouse emissions, an eco-social tax reform, the promotion of biodiversity, the stop of large fossil fuel projects and the climate corona deal. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was shown how quickly one can act to save or help as many people as possible. "The Austrian government is facing the historic opportunity to invest the state rescue funds intelligently and in a climate-friendly manner."
Political change and individual responsibility
In my opinion, the Fridays for future organization is fighting for an urgently important issue that affects every individual in this world. Without political changes it will not be possible to achieve the goals set, but above all each and every one of us has to change our behavior. In our everyday life we have many options not to harm the environment. On the one hand, we can only buy what we really need, for example. We can use public transport more often and walk more often, fly on vacation only every other year or buy regional and seasonal products in the supermarket. Bring a cloth bag from home instead of using a plastic bag every time you go to the supermarket, write on the back of the sheet at school and turn off the light when you leave the room.
On the other hand, there are organizations that help people to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Sharing platforms with the motto “share instead of own” are gaining more and more interest among the population. Examples of this are car sharing (e.g. Car2go) or the passing on of clothing (e.g. clothing circles). Those who share have to pay less and not as many products have to be produced.
I would like to see more information about climate change and its consequences in school in the future and that from now on you, too, pay a little more attention to our earth.
Fridays for Future (German "Freitage für [the] future"; short FFF, also FridaysForFuture or school strike for the climate or climate strike, in the original Swedish "SKOLSTREJK FÖR KLIMATET") is a global social movement based on schoolchildren and students who advocate for the most comprehensive, quick and efficient climate protection measures possible in order to still be able to meet the 2015 degree target of the United Nations, which was agreed upon at the World Climate Conference in Paris 21 (COP 1,5).
Get involved with Fridays for Future and work with us on a climate-friendly future. Together with many people in Europe and around the world, we demand the only realistic answer to the impending climate catastrophe: a courageous environmental protection policy in accordance with the 1,5 ° C target of the Paris Agreement and global climate justice!
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