On behalf of the ATO – ClimatEducate Project, we express our solidarity to thousands of students, climate movements, educators, advocates, scientists and policymakers on the second global youth strike for the climate this 24th May 2019.
Amidst the urgent call for climate action after the release of the 1.5 IPCC report, the civic movement for the climate has been renewed and was inspired by a Swedish student, Ms. Greta Thunberg, who sat in front of the Swedish parliament and refused to attend classes, demanding leaders to take immediate actions for the climate. This was the first climate strike that catalyzed hundreds of thousands of children across the globe who have come down on the streets of more than 125 countries demanding climate action. Young students today realize that our future and the stability of our planet’s climate, which our current social, political, and economic systems depend on, is in crisis.
Our project team believes in continued action, in any socially-accepted and peaceful form, to pursue related policies to adapt, to mitigate, to educate, and to uphold the essence of climate justice.
This movement should be taken with optimism because taking action now is of utmost importance. Students must be informed with the importance of instilling civic culture and the need to participate in the decisions that will affect their future and of the other future generations. Let us continue the demand in our respective countries and also start with our communities. Let us use this momentum for change!
Ms. Sweta Dixit
Director for Education & Advocacy
ATO - ClimatEducate Project
Statement Released: 24 May 2019