September 24, 2021 Global Climate Strike — Fridays for Future #UprootTheSystem

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The climate crisis does not exist in a vacuum. Other socio-economic crises such as racism, sexism, ableism, class inequality, and more amplify the climate crisis and vice versa. It is not just a single issue, our different struggles and liberations are connected and tied to each other. We are united in our fight for climate justice, but we must also acknowledge that we do not experience the same problems; nor do we experience them to the same extent.

MAPA (Most Affected Peoples and Areas) are experiencing the worst impacts of the climate crisis and are unable to adapt to it. This is because of the elite of the Global North who have caused the destruction of our lands through colonialism, imperialism, systemic injustices, and their wanton greed which ultimately caused the warming of the planet. With both the COVID, climate, and every crisis in history, overexploited countries and marginalized sectors of society are systematically left behind to fend for themselves.

The time to join the masses and follow the lead of our environmental defenders and workers has been long overdue. Reparations to MAPA must be paid for the historic injustices of the richest elite, vaccine equity, cancellation of debt, and climate finance are only the beginning of these. Together we will fight for a just future where no one is left behind. The historical victories of collective action have proven the need for the youth to stand united with the multisectoral, intergenerational struggle for a better future for all; a future where people and planet are prioritized.

4 thoughts on “September 24, 2021 Global Climate Strike — Fridays for Future #UprootTheSystem

  1. It’s a great thing to fight for climate justice and to amplify the voices of those often not heard. And to compensate their damages. But we ALSO need to be striking for climate mitigation – getting carbon emissions down to zero – or reimbursing past damages will be engulfed in new and worse ones. Climate mitigation benefits everyone and must be the work of all sectors in the climate fight. All the time. Or it will be too late. (Thanks for all you do.)

      1. That sounds like a bit of contradiction – “all hands on deck” – except the baby boomers, who, as their name implies, are rather numerous. As a boomer, I take full responsibility for the damage my generation has caused, but what’s the point of singling us out when all generations have been complicit? Besides, ageism is rather passée, don’t you think?

      2. Alex,
        Thanks for commenting. Not all generations have been complicit as those who are not boomers have inherited the world that the boomers made for them and now the boomers in leadership are blocking meaningful action. I like that you are trying to balance the blame but it doesn’t square with the reality that younger folks will have to fix the problems because the boomers won’t act and the boomers hold all the power politically and economically. I stand by my statement that we boomers need to get out of the way.

        John Orr

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