SHEFFIELD STUDENT STRIKES ON FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, Press Release for Action 15/2/19
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/02/2019

Sheffield Student Strikes on Friday 15th February

  • At 11AM on Friday 15th February, Youth Strike 4 Climate Sheffield will be gathering outside Sheffield Town Hall to demonstrate against the destruction of their future.

  • National Association of Headteachers supports pupil’s decisions to stand up for their and the planet’s future. THIS HAS SINCE CHANGED. - Extinction Rebellion Sheffield would like to state their full support of this action and offer the group any appropriate help.

Climate change is not something in the distant future. It is damaging people’s lives around the world now. There has so far been 1.1°C of global warming and floods, wildfires and extreme weather events have already become much more frequent. Even if the nationally determined commitments under the Paris Agreement are fulfilled, we are likely to reach 3-4°C by 2100. With 4°C warming coastal cities will be flooded leading to mass displacement and migration of people, extreme weather events and droughts will be the new norm and food crop yields will decline significantly.

Climate change will impact on the world’s youth most, if we do not take radical action to reduce emissions now, a significantly less inhabitable world will be their future. But the world’s youth are taking action, with Greta Thunberg’s school strike in Sweden inspiring young people around the world to take action, with thousands of schoolchildren walking out of school in Belgium and Australia.

A national day of student strikes is being organised in the U.K on this Friday the 15th of February, with strikes planned across 30 cities. There is a rally happening from 11-2pm outside Sheffield Town Hall, for students of all ages to strike for the future of the planet. In the words of Greta Thunberg, 16; “with action, comes hope’. Let’s all have hope.

Sheffield School Strike Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/240461060216379/

Greta Thunberg visited COP 24 (The UN Climate Conference) and delivered this speech to world leaders:

“My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden. I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do. But I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference. And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to. But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be. You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few. The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act. You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.

Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself. We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people. Thank you'.

ENDS

Contact: Nathan Strathdee 07741490906 njstrathdee1@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Bing Jones 07711447306 bingportraits@gmail.com xrsheffield@gmail.com

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Notes to editors

Climate Factsheet for Rebels https://rebellion.earth/the-climate-factsheet-for-rebels/

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