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Scientists worldwide join strikes for climate change

Sep 20, 2019

By Quirin Schiermeier & Kate Atkinson

Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm last August for the first ever ‘school strike for climate’. One year on, the teenage activist’s Fridays for Future campaign has grown into a global movement involving people of all ages and backgrounds, including many scientists and scholars.

As government and business leaders flock to New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit next week, millions of people in hundreds of cities worldwide are expected to take to the streets today to demand stronger action on climate change. Commitments made so far by nations to the 2015 Paris agreement are unlikely to keep the rise in average global temperature below 1.5C.

Nature spoke with scientists striking in different cities around the world about their motives and expectations.

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2 comments on “Scientists worldwide join strikes for climate change

  • If one traces back in time, it will be clear that climate change has been a function of the advent of the industrial revolution around 1780. Since then, we have accelerated mass production, created global supply chains, increased our dependence on finite fossil fuels and have shockingly, due to the sheer scale of operations, coupled with an alarming exponential population growth, changed the earths conditions that have been stable now for the past 4.5 billion years.

    So yes, I support a reverse in thinking, in the spirit of maintaining balance in the universe.

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