Sunday, March 17, 2019

Climate Change Protests Expand to More Countries

Société Générale bank in Paris, France: The banner says "Banks are dirtying our future – blockade them"

"We can't drink oil, we can't breathe money": Students protest next to Rome's Colosseum in Italy 

Delhi, India: The student protests are big in the capital and in Kolkata

Hong Kong: Students protested outside the main government offices

Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. 

India, South Korea, Australia and the US are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike. 

It's good to know that the day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries – and they are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests weekly outside Sweden's parliament. 

Scientists say tougher measures are needed to cut global warming. 

The Paris climate agreement of 2017 committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperatures "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and to striving for a maximum of 1.5C.

The globally co-ordinated children's protests  promoted through posts on Twitter and other social media  have been going on for months now. 

On Thursday Greta Thunberg's campaigning earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. 

In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 16-year-old told top executives and politicians that "on climate change, we have to acknowledge that we have failed". 

It is heartening to note that classroom walk-out over climate change is not slowing down. I believe, collective action of the kind young people are championing can make a difference! 

When will it be the turn of our young Malaysians to wake up?

On Wednesday, armed with an invitation from club president Mohd Sukri Kamsani, I was at Shah's Village Hotel in PJ, Selangor to attend the MIM Toastmasters Club of Petaling Jaya. 

I took up the role of General Evaluator and even better, I was also given an opportunity to deliver my project speech, CC #9 titled The Striptease. And nay, I did not cavort on stage and neither did I jiggle, wiggle and shimmy!

It was heartening to be at a Toastmasters meeting where quality was seriously embraced.

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