On Friday we came together. We created signs. We arrived in our numbers. We made a stand.
Across the planet, people protested for a sustainable future. In 125 different countries, over 1.5 million people across our planet stood up and said enough is enough. Children screamed out that they are ready for change.
You may have heard of Greta Thunberg and the incredible work she is doing, from weekly protests across the globe to addressing the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She is inspiring a generation, and has deservedly been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
We here at Ethical Influencers are so inspired by her words and her non-violent approach to making change happen, that we took to the streets ourselves last week for #ClimateStrike 2019.
We asked you to join us on Friday 15th March to support the school strike for climate justice. You did just that. According to 350.org, over 1.5 million people across the globe took part in the strike, in over 125 countries, making it the biggest day of global climate action so far. So far, because this is only the beginning.
We want to say a big thank you to those of you who attended the march, and a big hug to those of you who sent us your photos from your local strike too. As a fledgling community, the range of photos sent to us show how global our community is, and yet our connection to protect the environment is unified. We hope to continue making a difference and amplifying our impact with you all!
(P.S. If you have your own strike photos you’d like to share, please do send them to us! We would love to see them and feature them here as a beautiful collection of snapshots of the event from around the world.)
AS CAPTURED BY ASH OF ETHICAL INFLUENCERS
“Attending the march in London, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The passion in the students was inspiring. There were signs and banners made that made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. I felt proud, and started to believe that change was possible. There is still hope. It was clear, in the faces of the children fighting for our planet, that together we can change the world.”
AS CAPTURED BY BESMA OF CURIOUSLY CONSCIOUS
“I was in Stockholm on the day of the #ClimateStrike march by chance, and I’m so glad I was. Taking to the streets with the loud yet polite Swedish students was a fun and powerful experience. Seeing Greta Thunberg address the thousands of people standing in front of the Royal Palace moved me – her passion, confidence, and defiance inspire me to do more and take more action to save our planet.”
AS CAPTURED BY VANESSA OF MISSCOMFYPANTS
“What makes me really happy is seeing my fellow Austrians standing up for our future, demanding change. Not just in the form of actual protest but also when it comes to spending money on the right things, like local and organic food. While living abroad I learned that we are not the most vocal people, especially not against authorities but here we were, 30,000 people in Vienna alone, protesting for climate action.”
AS CAPTURED BY JESS LOHMAN
“This was an experience of a lifetime for my daughter and many other students. Not only is this experience invaluable, during the entire demo, she was alive, motivated and thinking about ways to reduce her own carbon footprint by suggesting to ride the bus to ballet instead of having me driving her. She even used the word impact! I’m often very proud of her and so standing up there on stage was the cake. But the fact that she’s still talking about how to help is the icing which is so much sweeter! That Friday, on March 15, 2019, she attended the School of Life which will be a super exhilarating and positive memory forever. Power to the People.”
AS CAPTURED BY LAUREN OF INSPIRE CREATE EDUCATE
“It was exhiliarating to see the support for the schools for climate strikes in Cardiff. We marched from City Hall to the Senedd, we got battered by rain and wind, and still our resolve remained strong. It was a shame that First Minister Mark Drakeford didn’t attend the Senedd to receive us, but we will be there again. And we’ll keep visiting until he listens.”