Is Climate Change a 'Hippy' Thing?

I went to the Toronto Climate strike.  There were the usual protest scenes: drums, dancing and signs from a passionate (politically) left leaning crowd, but that wasn't all.  There were lots of young kids, high school kids, old folks, families, moms and dads; people from all cultures and a variety of 'social' classes.

I left the strike thinking sustainability isn't a 'left and a right' thing,  it's an everyone thing.  And we will be successful the minute our education becomes a conversation between all parties.  

When I got home and checked Instagram, I was amazed.  Over 7 million people participated in the climate strikes across the world. 500,000 in Montreal alone. The photos from Italy are incredible. People in every continent participated.  That is MOMENTUM!

The #WeekForFuture started by 16 year old Greta Thunberg was one of the biggest global demonstrations in history.

Were you there? What did you think?  How do we leverage this global momentum to bring real action and change at the highest levels of policy, and in our daily lives?  How do we make sure these strikes do make a difference? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.




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  • Dear Steve, I read your emails. It seems to me there is truth and commitment there. Not just the advertising of a product. I did go to a nearby high school where a climate strike demonstration was suppose to happen. It didn’t happen, which was puzzling. Students I spoke to seemed mystified by my questions, a teacher did not recognize the name of Greta Thunberg.
    But our little Sierra Club Committee is active trying to bring information on alternative energies to our neighbors. This weekend we have two homes on the National Solar Home Tour. The following Saturday we will present an Electric Vehicle event during the local Heritage Days Fall Festival. Slowly, slowly we are helping to change minds. I hope it helps to save us as a species. The Earth can manage quite well without us.

    Joanne Irvin on
  • If the daily overhead aerosol spraying (climate engineering) is left out of the climate change equation then this is all nonsense. The constant assault of heavy metal nano particulants on the earth by geoengineers is causing more damage than humans ever could.

    RIta on
  • I think we have to not only use our voices but use our power as consumers as well. We have to support regenerative agricultural practices and keep working towards a zero emissions zero waste as a consumer. Money is the biggest motivator for corporations because at the end of the day they still have to make a buck in order to stay in business.

    Gwendy on
  • I was at the march in San Francisco just days before I moved to Kentucky, after 57 years in SF. You can bet I will be working to defeat Mitch McConnell.

    Margaret Pearce on
  • Many ordinary citizen are skeptical . There is a growing mistrust as they believe that the carbon tax/ climate change is a means for the politicians to obtain more tax revenue .
    Need to create a paradigm shift. Politicans need to be involved in such a project. They have a strong influence on a certain group of citizens.

    Your org need to research strategies that will bring about the paradigm shift and that have been proven successful in controversial issues similar to climate change .

    Congratulations on the World March to save Mother Earth. It wii be a strong componant of the paradigm shift.

    Anne Marie on

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