Each of us can do so much to start to turn the tide on climate inaction. We can all make changes in our homes, schools and wider communities to lower emissions and to start to change our ways.
However, give how late we are to wake up to this challenge, there is one thing we need to do more than any other: to raise our voices for urgent and massive change. Unless we start electing politicians and following thought leaders who prioritise climate change, our small efforts will not be enough.
This is the main reason why I decided to write Climate Generation. It is also the reason why, together with 16 year old @GretaThuberg and people across the world, I am giving up my Fridays to fight for the future. I’m doing it for as long as it takes.
Three things you can do to raise your voice:
Join #ClimateStrike #FridaysforFuture
Climate Strikes and events on Fridays are taking place right across the globe. What started as a student protest now involves people of all ages. You can find out where your local event is happening here. If there isn’t one, start one. It takes a little bit of courage but believe me – you won’t be alone for long!
Engage your politicians and religious leaders
One thing I am told regularly by politicians is that they don’t get asked about climate change often. They never get asked about it on the doorstep. We need to change that. Simply ask your politician what they are doing to tackle carbon emissions and support the transition to a low carbon world. If you need some encouragement, great Irish organisations like Trócaire, Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos can help. Internationally, groups like 350.org and GCCM can help.
Give Financial Support
Often we don’t have the time or skills to do much ourselves. In that case, one important way we can all help is by chipping in a little to support those who can. In particular, legal actions are key to speeding up the current response to climate change. Give what you can to legal challenges taken on behalf of citizens, such as Climate Case Ireland.