Category Archives: Global Youth Activism

3100 climate Fridays for Future strikes 9-25-20

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Greta Thunberg
@GretaThunberg
School strike week 110. Today is our global day of climate action, and we strike in over 3100 places! In Sweden gatherings over 50 people are not allowed due to COVID-19, so we adapt. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate #FaceTheClimateEmergency

Empowering children and environmentalism in Bogata, Colombia

Anny Bertoli, Italian, studying in New Zealand, is the translator Darling Lorena Molina Ramirez, Bogota, Colombia is a mentor to children, including involving them in soccer clubs, and is an environmental activist. She also discusses feminist issues.

Gen X voters

https://theconversation.com/want-the-youth-vote-some-college-students-are-still-up-for-grabs-in-november-146072?

College students are a rapidly growing and increasingly coveted voting bloc.

Twice as many college students voted in the 2018 midterms as did in 2014, challenging the stereotype that young people are politically disengaged. According to the Knight Foundation, 71% of college students are expected to vote this November.

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are courting them, in different ways. Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, are trying to win the support of students with new religious freedom and freedom of speech assurances. Meanwhile, Biden is promising to enact tuition-free college and forgive US$10,000 in student loans for all borrowers if elected.

There are over 14 million college students in the United States, which has about 235 million eligible voters.

Nearly all students were born after 1996, meaning they belong to Generation Z. This generation of expected voters is 45% nonwhite, according to the Pew Research Center. And over half of Gen Z college students are the first in their families to attend college. As with any large and diverse group, some students are more likely to vote than others.

French Feminist Poster Paris v. Domestic Abuse

By Constant Méheut

Feminists Paper Paris With Stark Posters Decrying Domestic Abuse

A widespread but illegal campaign by a group calling itself “the Gluers” uses posters to denounce violence against women. It has become an effective — and ubiquitous — tool to raise awareness.

PARIS — On a recent mild night, a squad of four young women wandered through a peaceful neighborhood in eastern Paris, armed with a bucket of glue, a paintbrush and backpacks loaded with posters.

22 year old leads Balarus democracy uprising

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/world/europe/belarus-blogger-poland-svetlov.html?

  • 4, 2020

WARSAW — Stepan Svetlov’s computer sits on a desk in Warsaw, nearly 300 miles from Minsk, the capital of Belarus. But when Belarusians poured into the streets in the hours and days after President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko fraudulently claimed a re-election victory on Aug. 9, it was thanks in no small part to Mr. Svetlov, 22, and his computer.

Internet access was often blocked that week, leading opposition activists were in custody or in hiding, and independent media has long been heavily restricted in Belarus. But Belarusians were kept informed and even directed by an account run by Mr. Svetlov on one of the few social media platforms — Telegram — that had managed to maintain sporadic service during the internet outage.

From across the border, Mr. Svetlov and his team of five pumped out information about voter fraud and police violence — as well as tips about where, when and how to protest, evade the police, defend against police beatings, treat exposure to tear gas and locate medicine and safe houses.

“Take to the streets,” Mr. Svetlov and his team wrote after preliminary results were announced on Aug. 9, “and defend your votes!”

Extinction Rebellion Ocean Rebellion

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/21/extinction-rebellion-activists-launch-ocean-focused-offshoot-direct-actions?

A new grassroots climate movement called Ocean Rebellion officially launched this week with non-violent direct actions targeting a luxury cruise liner docked at the United Kingdom’s Falmouth Harbor as part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the environmental impact of cruise shipping.

As the “sea-faring sister” of Extinction Rebellion (XR), Ocean Rebellion “has at its heart a commitment to engage with global high seas stakeholders, so as to address cascading collapses in biodiversity due to overfishing, human-caused climate change, deep sea mining, and other marine emergencies.”

The marine-focused movement, also called OR, detailed its members’ three key demands in a statement Wednesday:

  • Tell the truth: About the destruction of the oceans.
  • Act now: By 2025, reverse drivers of ocean warming, acidification, sea-level rise, and biodiversity collapse.
  • Take control: United Nations to govern our common oceans heritage for the benefit of humankind, especially Indigenous coastal communities. Not for the benefit of industry or finance.

The group added that “if the U.N. fails in this high purpose then a global citizens’ assembly will convene to assume governance.”

Thunberg etc. call out world leaders for failing to tackle the climate crisis

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/19/greta-thunberg-and-fellow-activists-decry-political-inaction-climate-crisis-after?

A day before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, four Fridays for Future leaders published an op-ed in The Guardian on Wednesday calling out world leaders for failing to tackle the planetary crisis despite the past two years of youth-led global protests demanding urgent action to achieve climate and environmental justice.

Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Luisa Neubauer of Germany, and Anuna de Wever van der Heyden and Adélaïde Charlier, both of Belgium, noted that their meeting with Merkel, whose government took over the European Council presidency in July, “will be exactly two years since the first school strike for the climate took place.”

Millions worldwide have joined the movement and taken to the streets to call for ambitious policies, “but over these past two years, the world has also emitted more than 80 gigatonnes of CO2,” the activists write. “We have seen continuous natural disasters taking place across the globe: wildfires, heatwaves, flooding, hurricanes, storms, thawing of permafrost, and collapsing of glaciers and whole ecosystems. Many lives and livelihoods have been lost. And this is only the very beginning.”

Although some world leaders have publicly recognized human-caused global heating as an “existential crisis,” organized summits to pave a sustainable path forward, and issued emergency declarations about the state of the planet, “when it comes to action we are still in a state of denial,” they charge. “The climate and ecological crisis has never once been treated as a crisis.”

…Specifically, the Fridays for Future leaders are calling for “halting all fossil fuel investments and subsidies, divesting from fossil fuels, making ecocide an international crime, designing policies that protect workers and the most vulnerable, safeguarding democracy, and establishing annual, binding carbon budgets based on the best available science.”