Drastic times call for drastic measures but even one person can make a difference.
On August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a fifteen year old high school student in Stockholm, Sweden, started a school strike outside the Swedish Parliament to demand action to stop the climate crisis. The strike lasted three weeks, leading up to the Swedish general election. Sweden had just endured heat waves and wildfires during the hottest summer in 262 years and she demanded the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. Teenagers from all over the world, frustrated by the inaction in their countries as well, took note and the movement spread all over the world. It now involves hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren worldwide.
This newsletter generally does not promote rallies or protests. For sixteen years I have been writing about promoting renewable energy as an economically viable means to help us achieve a carbon free environment by 2050. However, the IPPC report now has given us 12 years to make massive and unprecedented changes to global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate levels, and drastic times do call for drastic measures.
The children are now calling for us to join them to save their future world. We can, even in a small way, try to help.
The choice is clear: either we sit back and accept the new normal, namely heat waves, extreme storms and hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, other weather-related disasters including illnesses, or we join the youth movement to demand urgent action to stop the climate crisis and push for solutions that will cut dangerous carbon pollution and move us to a 100% clean energy future.
One step I urge you to take right away is on this
Friday, September 20. We are invited to join Greta and millions of people across the world to demand urgent action to stop the climate crisis
and push for solutions that will cut dangerous carbon pollution and move us to a 100% clean energy future.
Increasingly I have been hearing a sense of helplessness. There is a feeling that it is too overwhelming for us to reverse the trend of climate change. The kids disagree. This powerful, youth-led movement has been sounding the alarm by going on strike – every week, all over the world – for months, and they are now calling on us to join them to influence governments to take action. They are not giving up on the world in which they will be living. We should support them. IF WE ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, WE ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
People from all over the U.S. will take time out of their busy schedules to join the children’s climate strike this Friday, September 20th. You can find a meeting close to you and RSVP now. If you cannot stay, drive by the protests and honk your horn to show support. If you have any questions about details, email me and I will try to help.
See you there! Let’s be part of the solution! Share with us your experiences.
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Comments from the Symposium
The Symposium was fantastic! So many great ideas and so inspiring.
Thank you very much for another grand symposium!! The speakers were very interesting and it was extremely encouraging to see 400+ folks working to save our earth!! The field trip was such a surprise as I did not know we had a solar farm here in Baldwinsville!! Thanks again for all that you do to help save our amazing earth!!
Congratulations to Rhea Jezer for bringing together over 400 people to join in the discussion on improving our environment – 15 years strong!
Thank you again for another great conference!! I learned so much, once again, and got in some really great networking. You rock!
You did a marvelous job.The symposium was excellent! Thanks for all your work.