One only has to read a newspaper, turn on the TV, check social media, or however else you may get your update on current affairs to realise the planet is in a challenging state environmentally (in other ways too, but we will try not to dwell on that right now). With the recent news that is equally saddening of the wanton burning of the Amazon rainforest, as well as the droughts, melting ice caps and abnormal weather, we are each being forced to seriously consider our own actions, and how we can make changes to help the environment.
However, long gone are the days in which we thought using our bags for life could save the day. While it is essential that we never stop recycling, the time has come for new approaches and larger action to be taken. The children of the world are looking to humanity to make changes ‘centred on human rights, equity and justice’. Which is where the Global Climate Strike comes in.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist, began her campaign as a lone protester. This has expanded into the Fridays for Future campaign, which sees millions of school children across the globe striking from school each Friday, to raise awareness and send a message to the powers that be; it is time to change the way we care for this planet, and that is by swiftly moving away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy sources. While the efforts of these school children have taken the world by storm, they are now looking to expand their efforts, and calling upon the adults of the world to join them.
Typically, we will do “our bit” I am sure for the benefit of the environment but increasingly the onus is on businesses to own and take responsibility. So, I would be curious as you forge ahead in your careers and support the success of your organisation, how you can gently agitate for real change from within. We are in interesting times to say the least, to find out more and how you can get involved, visit the site: https://globalclimatestrike.net/
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Rej Abraham, Managing Director