COMMENTARY: Dominica Youth Join Global Climate Action Friday Sept. 27 2019

Sky and Ashfred, one of the supporters of her campaign

The biggest issue the world is facing today is the Climate Crisis. This September, from the 20 to 27th millions have joined young climate activists on the streets around the world to demand an end to fossil fuels. Dominican students are joining this Action and want their voices heard to put pressure on the leaders of the biggest countries to act.

The consequences of our actions are already affecting us today. If we don’t act now to transition fairly and swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all, the injustice of the climate crisis will only get worse.  “Our house is on fire; let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.” (Greta Thunberg)

Last Friday, (Sept 20) was the biggest climate protest in history, with over 2 million people in 2,500 events in over 163 countries on all seven continents. This mass movement committed to sounding the alarm in the global climate crisis. Come join this Friday, September 27 to help put Dominica’s voice on the global stage!

We, as Dominicans, have already experienced the most severe consequences of climate change. In 2017 Hurricane Maria hit our Nature Isle and gave many of us a wake up call. From Tropical Storm to category 5 Hurricane in less then 24 hours, that is what climate change looks like today! These disasters will only get worse, as we have seen in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit on September 1, 2019. This is just the tip of the melting iceberg. Detrimental natural disasters are becoming more and more common in our hotter planet; hurricanes, heat waves, forest fires and more.

Dominica does not put large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, but we are among the first to pay the biggest price for the actions for our global, oil based economy. Since Maria, our government has been proactive and very vocal about becoming “the World’s first Climate Resilient Country”.  And we young people have the most to gain. So we are joining this global movement of young people to move these actions along in time for our future.

Climate actions alone won’t solve the climate crisis, however what these movements do is demonstrate that people are aware that something needs to be done, and that we are willing to do something about it. “Greta Thunberg a 15 year old lone protester caught the world’s attention last year, which has spread to millions of school children around the globe who are sounding the alarm. Now it’s everyone’s turn to stand with young people and show world leaders that people are demanding climate justice. September’s climate strikes and actions will kick start a huge wave of action and renewed ambition all over the world.” (https://globalclimatestrike.net)

On September 27 2019, I Sahara Sky (a 15 year old Dominican student) will be striking at the Bay Front from 9:00am to 11:00 am, joining thousands of other students around the world, to spread awareness about the climate crisis. I am very passionate about this issue and believe the time to address it is now. “Climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we!”

For more information on Greta Thunberg and the Global Climate Strike:

https://globalclimatestrike.net

https://www.fridaysforfuture.org

https://www.ted.com/talks/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_case_to_act_right_now_on_climate?language=en

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7 Comments

  1. Emmanuel Prince
    September 25, 2019

    Malachi 4: 1 “For behold, the day cometh,that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
    We are at the zero hour. Man is trying to control something other than himself. He is what has to be fixed first. Man is out of order. In the beginning he was incharge. He just had to speak, and everything would obey his command. But instead of looking inward he continually looked outward and continues to miss his steps.
    So we see the results of his mistrust in YHWH. The only provided way. The secret to manage the planet earth is in YHWH. He is the Way, the truth and the Life. Without the Way there is no going, without the Truth, there is no knowing, without the Life there is no living. It was not so in the beginning.

  2. shrewd
    September 24, 2019

    Climate is suppose to change, this big climate change hoax is just a way to get billions of dollars to scientists while we ignore 125,000 abortions every day and 25,000 people die of hunger every day, 9.1 million people every year. The world would only have a problem if climate did not change.

  3. Real
    September 24, 2019

    We are the ones who are going to feel the brunt of climate change. The world leaders of today will be long gone and we will have nothing to inherit, oh how Selfish

  4. Liz Madisetti
    September 24, 2019

    Great initiative, Sky!!

  5. ChrisRose
    September 24, 2019

    Great initiative Sky! Thanks! Grateful that someone in Dominica took this step. Hope many Dominican students – and adults – will join you and the world on Friday 27th and beyond!

  6. Channel 1
    September 23, 2019

    Who is pulling the strings of these high school students around the world? Impromptu, some of these students will struggle to even explain the hydrological cycle or the science of hurricane formation but they’re ‘striking’ about something so complex & uncertain as the climate?

    Even the climate scientists cannot agree about this so-called ‘climate change’ thing and how much impact man’s activities really has on fluctuations of the climate vs the random natural fluctuations of climatic conditions over time.

    Yes, I agree we have to take care of the environment but up till this day, I cannot understand how some people claim Hurricane Maria was an example of ‘climate change’. Where is the direct scientific link between man’s release of greenhouse gases and the formation of Hurricane Maria? 8-O 8-O

    When since time immemorial was the earth’s climate ever in a state of perpetual static and unchanging?

    What is the REAL agenda behind this so-called ‘climate change’…

  7. Rational
    September 23, 2019

    Dominica survived Maria!! We have a strong message for the world from the front lines of the climate crisis. Let’s support our youth and the future! Climate resilience also means proactive and engaged young people!

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