As the father of four-sons, I've often insisted that should they ever see a "good fight, get into it". This Friday's Global Climate Strike is a good fight and I encourage all of the world's youth to join in the movement.
In over 800 United States (US) cities and in hundreds of others across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, tens of thousands of school children - mainly High School and Middle School children - Generation X, will school strike for Climate Change. They will join a growing movement of #FridaysForFuture to implore decisions makers to do more to protect the environment - their environment, their futures and their future world.
Inspired by Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg, who last August, acting upon the activism she witnessed by students at Parkland High School, in Florida, in response to a deadly shooting at their school, she demonstrated outside the Swedish Parliament to demand lawmakers act upon Climate Change. This Friday's School Strike for Climate starts a week-long series of events that will showcase the call for action over inaction on Climate Change. On Saturday, there's a Youth Climate Summit, on Monday the United Nations (UN) convenes a Climate Action Summit, in New York City, New York; and next Friday there will be another School Strike for Climate with Greta Thunberg leading demonstrations in Montreal, Canada.
It is fitting that Generation X is leading this Global campaign for protection of the environment. Born between 1995 and 2015, they are the heirs to this Planet Earth. And in lieu of inaction on Climate Change by dying men and to ensure Generation X inherits a healthy environment, this Generation is demonstrating because their futures are at stake.
The Global Climate Strike and #FridaysForFuture call for immediate action to end Climate Change. The Global Movement is comprised of a broad group of young people, who are frightened for their futures and angry that adults have done so little to curb Climate Change. They need politicians to act on Climate Change as if the "world's on fire".
Therefore, go forth children - let your voices be heard, stand for your futures, stand for Climate and stand for Mother Earth.