The epidemic of the coronavirus cut into dry the marches and strikes of the youth against climate changebut the movement is still active online, with the hope that this crisis can also serve to add followers to your cause.
“We decided to cancel or postpone our great manifestations. It is what had to be done,” acknowledged Wednesday the activist Swedish Greta Thunberg in an online discussion.
“During a crisis, there is to leave the things aside, and do what is best for society“he added in reference to the confinement of more than half of the world’s population to slow down to the Covid-19.
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Days before the epidemic broke out in Europe, Thunberg cancelled his presence at a demonstration by the weather in Paris for “family reasons”. The march, on the 14th of march, he ended up dying at the last moment by the coronavirus.
The parisian was supposed to be a manifestation of that from over a year ago starred in the civil society all over the world to claim to the authorities that listen to the science and act to limit warming to +1.5 ºCunder penalty of catastrophic consequences.
They were also planned marches and strikes from Portugal to Brazil, passing through Denmark and Nigeria.
However, “we have not ceased to act, even in this situation”, explains to the AFP Vanessa Nakate, a young activist, ugandan. The strike school weekly, organized by the movement of ThunbergFridays For Futurecontinues on-line.
So, the young people posted photos and banners with slogans every Friday in the social networks.
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On his Youtube channel, Fridays For Future organizes discussions with youth activists and explanatory videos about the challenges of climate.
This Friday, militants, scientists, and artists will participate for 20 hours in line at the site fridaysforfuture.org/fff24.
For its part, the group of civil disobedience Extinction Rebellionborn in Great Britain, suspended their actions blocking bridges and other infrastructure.
In exchange, launched a campaign on the internet, #LoveandRageinTimesOfCorona (Love and rage in the times of the coronavirus), so that its militants from more than 65 countries to share their experiences during confinement.
In The Hague, a group of militants was expressed symbolically: they deposited hundreds of pairs of shoes in a plaza with messages in support of the cause against global warming.
In France, the movements Alternatiba and ANV-COP21 proposes trainings, conferences or cited in-line local actions of solidarity.
In Switzerland, Layla Outemzabet, movement Fridays For the Future, admits that the meetings among the members in line are “less effective”, and that this forced them to be “more creative”.
So they launched the request “health Care yes, dividends do not” and a hundred of their militants participated in a day of aid to farmers in the field.
Outemzabet, 21, is confident that the trends that seem to be strengthened with confinement, as the local consumption, which lead to many to “reflect” on such topics as climate, agriculture or food self-sufficiency.
“Can that our claims appear to be less utopian” hopes.
To Thunberg, the confinement is also a good time to “learn”: “The more you know about a subject, the more able you will be to act in the good sense,” he says.
And that is that once you finish the confinement, “will continue to be necessary for our sons and daughters take to the streets to show us what is obvious: that we have no future if we destroy the environment that keeps us standing,” he said this week pope Francis.