#FridaysForFuture Fight Climate Change

“We must listen to the scientists,” said Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist in a Park Hyatt hotel ballroom on Wednesday.

Greta Thunberg cares more about climate change than most politicians.

Greta Thunberg cares more about climate change than most politicians.

The 16-year-old climate activist delivered her speech to a room of world leaders during the UN emergency climate summit upon the release of The Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, a major scientific report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report concluded human activities have made the oceans increasingly inhospitable to marine life and have cause glacial melt and the rise of sea levels to happen at a faster rate than even what was originally predicted.

Thunberg is the newest face for the march against climate change.  The Swedish teenager called for students over the globe to strike to show that more needs to be done to counter the dire effects of climate change as part of the #FridaysForFuture movement. Today (Sept. 27th) is the second global climate strike of the month (the first was Sept. 20th). Canadian cities where strikes include: Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Thunder Bay, Yellowknife, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, St. John’s, Halifax, and Toronto. Some businesses, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) will be closing its 22 stores across the country until 5 p.m. local time so staff can participate in rallies.

The report is nothing to scoff at. It is based on nearly seven thousand peer-reviewed studies and written by more than 100 scientists from around the world.  It is ringing the alarm bells. The ocean is warmer, more acidic and less productive. Monster storms are ramping up in frequency. Marine heatwaves are killing fisheries.

If we continue emitting greenhouse gasses at today’s rates, the oceans could rise an astonishingly high three feet by 2100.

On the bright side, there is still time to stop the headlong plummet into the rising seas and wiping out species. There are solutions.

According to a report by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, they are:

  • Offshore renewable energy such as wind, solar, and tidal power;

  • Making our ships more efficient by methods such as better hull design as well as decarbonization of coastal ferry fleets and ports;

  • Better management of fisheries which include dietary shirts to low-carbon marine foods such as seaweed and shellfish;

  • And the potential of carbon storage in the seabed.

As Thunberg told world leaders: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Vancouver’s protestors will meet today, Friday, Sept. 27th, at 1 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall where they will march across the Cambie Bridge to the intersection of Hamilton and Georgia. Speeches will be held in front of the Central Library Branch until 5 p.m.