Global Climate Strike Preview


>>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO “METROFOCUS” I’M RAFAEL PI ROMAN. GRETA THUNBERG WILL BE THOSE LEADING THE CLIMATE STRIKE, WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE WALKING OUT OF SCHOOLS AND ON TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST IN ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT ON MONDAY. NEW YORK CITY IS GIVING PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS PERMISSION TO SKIP CLASSES FOR THE STRIKE, AND THAT MEANS THAT 1.1 MILLION CITY KIDS COULD POTENTIALLY BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED EVENT. A NUMBER OF CELEBRITIES INCLUDING JADEN AND WILLOW SMITH ARE PLANNING TO JOIN THEM. PART OF OUR ONGOING INITIATIVE, PERIL IN PROMISE, THE 16-YEAR-OLD NATALIE SWEET, COHEAD OF ZERO NYC, A STUDENT RUN ORGANIZATION LOOKING TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>CAN YOU GIVE ME A HISTORY ON WHAT’S HAPPENING TOMORROW AND HOW IT BECAME A PHENOMENON.>>STUDENTS DO STRIKE IN FRONT O.UN AND ACROSS THE WORLD EVERY SINGLE FRIDAY. THAT’S PART OF THE FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE MOVEMENT. A BUNCH OF THE ORGANIZES ARE PART OF FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE, SO THIS STRIKE ISN’T UNUSUAL TO THEM. I HAVE BEEN AMONG THOSE STRIKING AT THE UN. I MISSED THE STRIKE LAST FRIDAY BUT I WAS STRIKING THE FRIDAY BEFORE THAT WITH GRETA. THE REASON WE CHOSE SEPTEMBER 20th TO MAKE IT A BIG MOBILIZATION DATE IS BECAUSE THERE WILL BE MANY PEOPLE ALREADY ENGAGED WITH THE CLIMATE CONSIDERING THAT THE UN YOUTH ACTIVIST SUMMIT IS THE NEXT DAY, AND THE UN CLIMATE WEEK WILL BE FOLLOWING SO IN NEW YORK CITY, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WHO ARE COMING TO THE SUMMIT SO WE WANT TO MAKE IT A CHANCE FOR THEM TO MOBILIZE AND MAKE SURE THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD BEFORE ATTENDING THIS MONUMENTAL SUMMIT.>>SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES BEYOND NEW YORK THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS?>>WELL, SWEDEN IS PARTICIPATING, THAT’S GRETA’S HOME COUNTRY AND WE HAVE STRIKES IN CHINA, INDIA, THERE ARE OVER 150 STRIKE LOCATIONS AND I THINK THAT WAS WHEN WE FIRST STARTED, NOW THERE ARE OVER 750 STRIKE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD. THAT’S AMAZING, WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A CLIMATE MOBILIZATION LIKE THIS BEFORE.>>IS THIS STRICTLY LIMITED TO YOUNG PEOPLE OR ARE ADULTS INVITED.>>ADULTS ARE INVITED TO THE PARTY BUT IT IS THE YOUNG PEOPLE MOVEMENT. YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE, AND WE WANT OUR ADULT ALLIES TO STAND WITH US AND CERTAINLY TO VOTE WITH US. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT MYSELF, I’M ONLY 16, I CAN’T DO THAT, AND I KNOW A LOT OF US ARE IN THE SAME BOAT. IT IS A YOUTH LED MOVEMENT AND IN NEW YORK, WE’RE ACTUALLY PRIORITIZING HAVING THE YOUTH SPEAK AND BE AT THE FRONT OF THE MARCH BUT WE ARE SO INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE ADULT ALLIES, FROM CLIMATE NEXUS 350.>>WHO ARE SOME OF THESE PEOPLE AND SOME OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT JUST BEFORE THE CAMERAS TURNED ON.>>GREEN PIECE IS ONE OF THE CLIMATE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING US WITH THIS, AS WELL AS 360 AND CLIMATE NEXUS AND PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT AND THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY CLIMATE ORGANIZATIONS BUT THEY HAVE BEEN PROACTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORTING US, SOME THAT KIND TO MIND ARE PATAGONIA, LUSH, THE MAKEUP AND BEAUTY COMPANY, AS WELL AS TUMBLER AND WORD PRESS.>>AND THERE ARE WORKERS FROM AMAZON AND GOOGLE I THINK THAT ARE ACTUALLY, THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE GIVEN THE TIME OFF. THEY’RE JUST GOING OUT. THOUSANDS.>>THERE ARE OVER A THOUSAND WORKERS FROM AMAZON, GOOGLE, AND I THINK MICROSOFT IS THE OTHER COMPANY THAT WILL BE MOVING TO STRIKE, AND THEY WILL BE JOINING THE NEW YORK CITY STRIKE, AND WE’RE REALLY HELP TO HAVE THESE ALLIES WITH US. IT’S HONESTLY IMPORTANT TO SEE WORKERS LEAVING THEIR WORKPLACE FOR THE CLIMATE.>>WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THIS FIGHT?>>WELL, I GOT INVOLVED MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I ATTENDED A SMALL LOCAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE AND THAT’S WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT ABOUT ZERO HOUR. SO ZERO HOUR WAS IN THE PLANNING STAGES. I WAS NEVER INTERESTED IN CLIMATE ACTIVISM BEFORE BUT THE WILDFIRES WERE THAT YEAR, AND MY COUSINS WHO LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, THEIR SCHOOLS WERE ACTIVELY SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE SMOKE IN THE AIR. MY FRIEND ALEXANDRIA VILLA SENOR WHO IS A CLIMATE ACTIVIST, THE THIRD TO START AFTER GRETA, HAD TO MOVE FROM DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, BECAUSE OF THESE FIRES, SO I CAN SEE THE EFFECT THAT THEY HAD ON MY FAMILY AND MY FRIENDS AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I COULD HELP THEM OUT AND DO WHAT I CAN BECAUSE I LIVE IN A PRETTY PRIVILEGED COMMUNITY OF NEW YORK CITY, AND HONESTLY, I DON’T HAVE THE EXPOSURE THAT A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE DO, SO I JOINED SZERO HOR TO SEE HOW I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HOW OTHERS CAN DO THE SAME.>>HOW REPRESENTATIVE ARE YOU OF YOUR CLASSMATES AND PEERS, DO MOST YOUNG PEOPLE AGREE WITH YOU?>>MOST YOUNG PEOPLE DO. ONE OF MY CLASSMATES SAID WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF STRIKING AND HONESTLY I FEEL THAT TO BE ABSURD BECAUSE I DEMANDED ACTION FROM OUR LEADERS BY ACTIVELY DISRUPTING THE SCHOOL DAY, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR ISSUE THAT AFFECTS US THE MOST. EVERYONE IS GOING TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE INEVITABLY IF WE DON’T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE SCIENCE SAYS THAT. ONE OF OUR CORE CHEERS IS UNITE BEHIND THE SCIENCE. IF MY PEERS AREN’T UNITING BEHIND THE SCIENCE, I WANT TO DO FRG I CAN TO INCITE THEM TO ACTION, TO INCITE THEM TO REALIZE, WE’RE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I’M IN YOUR PHYSICS CLASS, WE KNOW ABOUT THE SCIENCE.>>BESIDES INCITING YOUR PIERCE TO ACTION, WHAT ARE THE GOALS THAT YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS GLOBAL STRIKE?>>WELL, GENERALLY THE MISSION IS TO CALL OUR WORLD LEADERS TO ACTION. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THERE’S A UN CONFERENCE, THE UNITED STATES SPECIFICALLY HAS BEEN INACTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE EPA IS ACTUALLY ROLLING BACK ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN THAT HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR THE CLIMATE. OUR EPA STEPPED OUT OF THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD, THAT WAS A BIG STEP BACKWARDS, WE ARE DEMANDING GENERAL ACTION BUT THERE ARE MORE SPECIFIC GOALS ON OUR WEB SITES, STRIKE WITH US.ORG AND GLOBAL CLIMATE.NET, SOME ARE ACCEPTING A GREEN NEW DEAL SO 100% DIVESTMENT FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY BY 2030, AS WELL AS PROTECTING INDIGENOUS AND FRONT LINE COMMUNITIES AND PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY AS WE CAN SEE IT BEING DESTROYED IN THE AMAZON WILDFIRES AND OTHER PLACES.>>ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC THAT WHAT YOU BELIEVE NEEDS TO BE DONE WILL BE DONE IN TIME?>>I AM OPTIMISTIC. I SEE THIS MOVEMENT OF YOUTH THAT STARTED FROM A COUPLE OF STUDENTS STRIKING ALL THE WAY TO AN ESTIMATED OVER 100,000 STUDENTS JOINING THIS MOVEMENT ON THE NEW YORK CITY STREETS AND THAT’S ONLY ONE CITY. THERE ARE 750 OTHER STRIKE LOCATIONS THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE AND TO SEE THIS MOBILIZATION GIVES ME HOPE.>>NATALIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME TODAY.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, THANK
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