Chamonix joins global climate strike

 

On Friday, the 20th of September 2019, the Global Climate Strike takes place.

According to LeDauphine, young people and adults from all over the world have planned to meet to demonstrate against the inaction of governments in the face of climate change.

image: 
School Strike for Climate Melbourne 30-11-18, by julian meehan, photo source @flickr.com, licensed under CC BY 2.0
Mer du Glace in 2005 vs Mer du Glace in 2015. Due to climate change, Mer du Glace is dramatically shrinking.

Why Climate Strike?

Climate change is already affecting Chamonix and Mont-Blanc. Among its effects, it is worth mentioning the rapid shrinking of the Mer de Glace glacier and the many rock collapses which have been happening in recent years. Indeed, the Alps are heavily impacted by global warming, as is the whole world.

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, missed class and stood in front of the Swedish parliament building with her hand-painted "Skolstrejk för klimatet" sign (translation: school strike for climate), every Friday leading up to the 2018 Swedish election.

It was not the first time that children skipped classes to demand change. However, Greta's one-person strike managed to lead to global movements.

Greta became the face of the movement and a source of inspiration to thousands of students and adults all over the world.

In March 2019, students from over 2,000 cities worldwide participated in the strike. According to TheGuardian.com, 1.5 million people took part in the strike organized in March. Smaller strikes occurred in May, June and August (cnet.com).

Photo: Greta Thunberg with her poster in the background, protesting against the inaction of governments


 Where & when?

The Global Climate Strike will begin on the 20th of September, 2019, three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York. 

Strikes will take place all over the world and so far over 1,000 websites and major companies announced that they would join the strike

Chamonix.net will also join the strike & be offline on Friday, in support of the Global Climate Movement.

 

Photo: Young people from all over the world will join the Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th.


In Chamonix

Chamonix will join the Climate Strike!!!

When? Friday, the 20th of September 2019, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Where? la place de l’Église.

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