The climate crisis affects all of us. On Friday September 20th, Equation is taking climate action as a workplace and sending messages of support and solidarity for young people in Nottingham(shire) and around the globe who have called a Global Climate Strike. We are using our online platforms to promote climate action – and we invite our supporters to join us!
What is the Global Climate Strike?
Young people have woken up much of the world with their powerful #FridaysforFuture school strikes for the climate. Millions of people are suffering the effects of extreme weather-related events exacerbated by climate breakdown. Leading climate scientists have warned that there are less than 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty will worsen. As we hurtle towards dangerous tipping points, young organisers have called on adults, parents, workers, and employers of all kinds to join them in the global strikes, amplifying their calls for national governments to immediately provide a safe pathway to stay below a rise of 1.5C.
Young people hope this moment will show that they have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency.
What’s climate emergency got to do with Equation?
In fulfilling our mission for everyone to enjoy healthy relationships, Equation works with thousands of children and young people to help them build a better future.
Right now, local and global young people face an urgent existential threat to a healthy future in the form of climate breakdown.
We encourage and empower young people to feel self-confident and stand up for their rights to healthy relationships and it is inspiring and humbling to see young people passionately speaking out for their futures in this way.
We cannot ignore these young people’s calls. Equation has a role alongside every organisation and business in listening and amplifying their demands for urgent climate action.
As a feminist organisation, Equation is concerned that women are disproportionately impacted by climate breakdown. Across the world, women are often responsible for producing food, fetching water and finding fuel. Climate breakdown makes these tasks more difficult. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods have a greater impact on the poor and most vulnerable – and 70% of the world’s poor are women. Fighting climate breakdown – with women and girls at front and centre – is an essential measure for creating a sustainable future in which all human beings can thrive equally, regardless of their gender.
For these reasons and as a respected local charity, Equation is ready to show climate leadership.
What is Equation doing?
To support the #climatestrike and the youth-led #FridaysforFuture movement, Equation will be sharing information on social media about the strikes and the importance of supporting young people in calling for urgent climate action. We’ll also be sharing photos and videos of support from Equation staff, volunteers and supporters.
Want to support the young climate strikers? Find out how: -> https://350.org/support-climate-strikes/