Taking to the streets

19 June 2019.

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Redefining climate action and the climate vocabulary.

In the past months, the Fridays for Future climate marches have seen school children leave their classrooms and take to the streets to make sure that their angst at the inaction of governments is noticed.

Led by Greta Thunberg from Sweden, a 16-year-old, this plan quickly caught on with strikes in Belgium every Thursday until the European elections, and from there this grew to the Global March for Climate. Terminology among climate activists has also changed, where a ‘climate emergency’ has been called as something more relevant to describe the state of the world’s environment.

The United Kingdom and various jurisdictions in 13 countries have now declared a ‘climate emergency’, in most cases it is cities or local councils who have taken the initiative with the exception of the UK, whose parliament passed the climate emergency on 13 May 2019.

Red countries indicate countries where Global Climate Strike For Future! protests were organized on 15 March 2019. Countries striped in black indicate countries where local jurisdictions have declared a climate emergency.
LEFT: LONDON | Declare a Climate Emergency Now, 1 May 2019, London, UK, Photo: Anthony Jarman. RIGHT: BRUSSELS | Rise for Climate, 8 September 2018, Brussels, Belgium. Photo: 350.org
LONDON | Beehive, baby! 5 May 2019, Buckingham Palace, London, UK. Photo: Jeremy Hutchison
STOCKHOLM | RISE FOR CLIMATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2018, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. PHOTO: SHUBHANGI SINGH / SURVIVAL MEDIA AGENCY
PARIS | RISE FOR CLIMATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2018, PARIS, FRANCE. PHOTO: RAPHAEL BODIN / SURVIVAL MEDIA AGENCY
LEFT: KIEV | FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE, 15 MARCH 2019, KIEV, UKRAINE. PHOTO: OLENKA ANGELOVA. RIGHT: KIEV | FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE, 15 MARCH 2019, KIEV, UKRAINE. PHOTO: OLENKA ANGELOVA
OTTAWA | POWERSHIFT YOUNG & RISING, 26 FEBRUARY 2019, OTTAWA, CANDA. PHOTO: ALLAN LISSNER
NAIROBI | GLOBAL SCHOOL STRIKE, 15 MARCH 2019, KARURA FOREST, NAIROBI, KENYA. PHOTO: UNEP
BERLIN | GLOBAL SCHOOL STRIKE, 15 MARCH 2019, BERLIN, GERMANY, PHOTO: 350.ORG
SINGAPORE | GLOBAL SCHOOL STRIKE, 15 MARCH 2019, SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE. PHOTO: 350.ORG
BRUSSELS | RISE FOR CLIMATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2018, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. PHOTO: TIM ZIJLMANS
SAN FRANCISCO | RISE FOR CLIMATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2018, SAN FRANCISCO, USA. PHOTO: BROOKE ANDERSON / SURVIVAL MEDIA AGENCY
GHANA | AFRICA CLIMATE WEEK, 21 MARCH 2019, ACCRA, GHANA. PHOTO: 350.ORG
BANGKOK | RISE FOR CLIMATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2019, BANGKOK, THAILAND. PHOTO: PONGSIT NOPMANEEPAISAN / SURVIVAL MEDIA AGENCY
KIEV | FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE. 15 MARCH 2019, KIEV, UKRAINE. PHOTO: OLENKA ANGELOVA
PENANG | GLOBAL SCHOOL STRIKE, 15 MARCH 2019, PENANG, MALAYSIA. PHOTO: HOO SALMA / HERITAGE PENANG