Young people from more than 150 countries mobilized and inspired 4 million people to take to the streets and demand climate justice last month, in what was likely the largest climate strike in history. ChildFund Alliance staff joined with colleagues from Plan International in New York City to make posters and to march to demand a better future for all children. More than 250,000 people marched in New York City as youth led chants, gave speeches, and delivered a call to action.
On 27 September, ChildFund staff members joined approximately 170,000 New Zealanders and stood united for climate justice. Together, youth from across the country delivered an open letter to our Members of Parliament.
The strike took place days before the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, where leaders from government, business, and civil society came together to make actionable commitments to reduce CO2 emissions. Sweden’s youth climate activist Greta Thunberg made an impassioned speech during the September 23 Summit, telling world leaders, “For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”
According to the New York Times, “only a host of countries made only incremental promises,” and environmentalists say they were generally disappointed in the outcomes of the summit during which the most heavily polluting countries remained reluctant to sign on any new climate targets. The Global Climate Strike will continue with issue and country specific initiatives, capitalizing on the momentum of the past weeks. You can learn more about women sponsored solutions in this article and read about key takeaways by The Global Resilience Partnership following an all-day sponsored event on climate change.