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😢Yesterday started with tears,
👩‍🏫 as I was finishing up this presentation
👧to give to 150 14 year-olds
🏫 at a local Junior High School here in Geneva.
🌍 They were born at 379 ppm. 1/
drive.google.com/file/d/1T05jav…
I cleaned myself up for the presentation. I held it together. Then a teacher asked: "I'm sorry, but I'm not sure the students understand the difference between 'catastrophic' and 'cataclysmic' climate change."
Explaining business-as-usual planetary cataclysm to 14 year-olds. 2/
Deep breath. The day improved with normal lovely interactions with dear colleagues, progress on work, and HOORAY! seeing the big banner for the May 24th climate strike at the main university building. 3/
#fridays4future #SchoolStrike4Climate
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Bonjour à touTEs! lien pour ma présentation sur l'urgence climatique aux étudiants de 10e du CO Montbrillant à Genève aujourd'hui, à utiliser et partager.
#FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate #youthstrike4climate
drive.google.com/file/d/1T05jav…
@xrSchweiz @payalclimate @RachaelTreharne @ZedPea @m_sahakian @JulietJFall @DrMoiraFaul @JPvanYpersele @bourg_d @VertsLausannois FYI.
It was too long (and had fewer slides than these) so try to cut down 1/3 if you want to leave time for questions in 45 minutes. It worked, though.
Thanks to @RachaelTreharne and @ZedPea for sharing their immense presentation, video here. Sorry I made your slides less stylish and the whole thing is not as stylish, actually :-(. Esthetics not my forte!
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It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance. In the U.S. today, this means almost 11 million people. We have work to do, we can and we will. rationalinsurgent.com/2013/11/04/my-…
More than a million Londoners look set to protest trump’s visit to the UK after a new poll found 13% of the city’s residents are ‘likely’ to join the demonstrations. Wake up America. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/to-march…
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Very bad news indeed from Hong Kong, for democracy and for a viable planetary future. China's annual CO2 emissions now account for roughly 1/3 of the world total. What chance for #FridaysForFuture, #schoolstrike4climate or #ExtinctionRebellion there?
theguardian.com/world/2019/apr…
At a time when civil disobedience, mass movements, divestment and lawsuits seem much more promising to turn the tide on fossil fuel use than long-touted market mechanisms, this is a very dark turn of events indeed. Solidarity with the Hong Kong ☂️ #UmbrellaMovement #Occupy.
Erratum/correction tweet: I ran some numbers and China is responsible for closer to 1/4 than 1/3 of global emissions (data from 2016). Thanks to @Spartacus4NOW for making me check!
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The strike for climate on 15th March ran in over 120 countries (and in over 2,000 places), with a global estimated attendance of 1.5m. It had an estimated attendance of 20,000 in London (and thousands upon thousands throughout the UK).

#FridaysforFuture
#Strike4Climate
It was and is an incredible, inspiring and extremely news-worthy issue, especially as it's been led by young people, organised by young people, but is galvanising adults to pay attention.
The fact that @BBC could barely be bothered to give it any focus in their TV news programmes (in many cases not even mentioned at all) or in online news (see @BbcClimate for its prominence, or lack thereof online) is an absolute disgrace.
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Contemplating the end of the world with Extinction Rebellion (@ExtinctionR). #globalwarming #bindingchaos #ClimateStrike radionz.co.nz/news/national/…
Millions of students in over 100 countries led one of the largest Climate Change protests in human history. Massive international school walkout to demand planetary transformation. #globalwarming #bindingchaos #ClimateStrike commondreams.org/news/2019/03/1…
"World leaders are losing the window to act, but we are not gonna stand still watching their inertia.” @GretaThunberg #FridaysForFuture #globalwarming #bindingchaos #ClimateStrike
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This is a fantastic megathread (over 70 tweets) of student climate protests #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike around the world. Every continent is represented. The protests in the US are growing. Apparently Italy had a million protesters. Retweet plz! This is what hope looks like!
This piece by Rebecca Solnit on #FridaysforFuture is excellent: "Thank you, climate strikers. Your action matters and your power will be felt. Nothing is possible without action, and almost anything is when we rise up together, as you are today" theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
3/ Liza Featherstone @lfeatherz: "Students at 100s of US schools walked out of class last Friday, joining 1000s around the world to demand action against climate change... at least one public institution seems to be getting it right: NYC public schools." jacobinmag.com/2019/03/climat…
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There's a conspiracy theory circulating about the #ClimateStrikes: the children can't possibly be organising and thinking for themselves. Someone must be controlling them. 1. Not one shred of evidence has been adduced to support it. Why? Because there isn't any. Thread/
2. The strikes took us veterans by surprise - and they fill me with hope of a kind I thought I'd never feel again. If the young people ask for help, we'll provide it. But they are the leaders now, and we are the followers. They have the moral authority.
3. Have you any idea how patronising and condescending this sounds? Children aren't capable of acting in their own right? The young people organising today are the most inspiring, determined group I've ever come across. They should be honoured, not insulted. #YouthStrike4Climate
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My town #Coonabarabran #Coona sits in NW of #NSW . Just North is the #Pilliga forest, to south & west #WarrumbungleNatPark & #SidingSpringObservatory. Rich farmlands surround it. But it is under threat from #climatebreakdown #schoolstrike4climate
#Coona district is in severe #drought & #waterstress our council Dam is so low that new bores had to be sunk for town’s supply. Farming families are worn down with feeding stock & stress. Paddocks are baked dry #climatebreakdown is reality #SchoolStrike4Climate
In our gardens, forests and farms trees are dying as we face our second #autumn in drought. We are reliant on bore water from the #GreatArtesianBasin to survive #climatebreakdown is a daily reality. #SchoolStrike4climate
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Young climate warriors: This Friday, you may be launching the largest coordinated protests of young people and children in history.

The future you're fighting for? That's what I've spent my life working to see.

I'd like to share some truths, from an old warrior to younger ones.
1. First, you're right. You're right to strike; you're right to march; you're right to feel your fear and rage and longing for a better world.

You are the victims of a monstrous intergenerational crime, and you are as right as humans can be to demand justice.
2. You are so right that—even though I'm a tough-skinned veteran of three decades of this fight—your truth brings tears to my eyes.

You should know that there are millions of older people whose hearts are with you.

You should know you are not, in any way, alone.
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It had to get pretty bleak to break a self-imposed twitter ban...

So here goes, a thread on how the fossil fuel lobby works in this country 1/n
2/ Last Thursday, the WA EPA *recommended* "offsets for proposals with direct emissions above 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent p.a."

The state govt can of course, choose to ignore it. epa.wa.gov.au/media-statemen…
3/ First respondent: APPEA, the national petroleum lobby.

In short, regulation is bad. They want a national, market based scheme. Except for that time they fought to repeal one. appea.com.au/media_release/…
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Remember:

1. The oceans are being killed.
2. Forests will soon be gone.
3. Fertile soil is disappearing.
4. Megafauna risk extermination.
5. Insects are vanishing.
6. Climate chaos is inevitable.
7. Extinction is now.
8. Plastic is in our blood.

None of this is front page news.
1. The oceans are being killed:

Overfishing, acidification, coral & seabed destruction, plastic & chemical pollution, ocean anoxia, phytoplankton, etc...

forbes.com/sites/michaelp…

geochemicalperspectivesletters.org/article1829

cell.com/current-biolog…

psmag.com/environment/gl…

scientificamerican.com/article/the-oc…
2. Forests will soon be gone.

Over 20,000 scientists/experts fear for our forests.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/…

'Especially troubling is...deforestation'
academic.oup.com/bioscience/art…

Forest loss contributes to biological annihilation:
pnas.org/content/114/30…

nationalgeographic.com/environment/gl…
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Safe in their hands? I don't think so. This is the House of Commons debating our existential crisis - #ClimateBreakdown - for the first time in 2 years. Government benches almost empty. theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
And they wonder why young people don't trust the government to do the right thing, and are taking the issue into their own hands by striking.
#YouthForClimate #SchoolStrike4Climate
It's the same in all the UK's corridors of power - politics, the media, business, academia - the attention devoted to our crucial issues is a fraction of the attention devoted to the trivial ones.
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[Thread] Broken politics in the UK

I don't think Labour is going to win the next GE. I also don't think Corbyn is going to be beaten in any leadership election because the membership is firmly behind him.

Labour as a political force is toast
This causes a problem. The Conservatives are also split. They aren't really electable either. If they do win it's because of the inept Labour showing not because of their leadership. They are struggling to hold together too.
So where does this leave centrists?

The Lib Dems are nowhere. They've been punched in the face by the electorate over tuition fees multiple times now and I don't see that changing.

They are a spent force. They have no power.
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😡 I was SO mad I had to write something! We need to understand the attacks on climate striking students as a deliberate strategy to undermine them, their message & their demands. It's gaslighting, and we are the intended victims.
#schoolstrike4climate
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Thanks for reading my early morning rants! If you want more of this sort of thing, well I did a podcast with lovely Quinn and dazzling Brian from @Importantnotimp and I think it'll be out tomorrow? Anyway, check them out. Here's them on #GND @VarshPrakash importantnotimportant.com/podcast/2019/1…
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It has come to my attention that not everyone has the time or inclination to read 5,000 word think pieces on theories of change and why #schoolstrike4climate and what it heralds could be of epoch-shaping importance, so THREAD... businessgreen.com/bg/blog-post/3…
First up #schoolstrike4climate has to be seen in the context of genuinely remarkable resurgence of the climate movement in the last few months driven by everything from @AOC and #greennewdeal through to @GreggsOfficial vegan sausage rolls and, of course, @GretaThunberg...
Expectation was climate campaigns and green business action would steadily build up through to late 2020 and crucial crunch dates of US election and Paris Agreement coming into full effect. But the kids are in a hurry. And who can blame them.
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Loved the energy of young protesters at #YouthStrike4Climate #SchoolStrike4Climate in Parliament Square today - future looks to be in safe hands with next generation - if this generation don't wreck our planet first. (1/n) Placard saying There Is No Planet B
Inspiring to hear 9 year old Daphne, there with her mum, tell us how she was protesting to protect our planet. Jo Swinson, Siobhan Benita, 9 yr old Daphne and her 'Make Earth Cool Again' placard
14 year old Alicia and her friends are determined that young people's voices will be heard - they are 100% right. Siobhan Benita and Jo Swinson with teenage climate protesters and We Must Do It placard
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The children striking over climate change speak to @NewScientist. #schoolstrike4climate #climatestrike bit.ly/2EbSaPf
School leaders and Education Secretary Damian Hinds have warned students they should not miss lessons to take part in the #climatestrike.

One child’s banner, “I’ll get back to class when you get your head out of your arse,” directly addressed this advice. bit.ly/2EbSaPf
Another protest sign featured a grotesque caricature of Theresa May with the slogan, “Soon there won’t BE a field to run through." bit.ly/2EbSaPf Reporting by @GrahamLawton
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The #ClimateStrike now spreading around the world is the most hopeful thing I've seen in 30 years of campaigning.
#YouthForClimate
#FridaysForFuture
#schoolstrike4climate
My generation has betrayed today's children, and betrayed those yet to be born. Now is the time to make amends. Now is the time to support those striking against our neglect.
#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate
Thank you to all the brilliant children on the #schoolstrike4climate today. One of the most moving and inspiring events I've ever witnessed. I feel hope now that I have not felt for years.
#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture
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Dear @itsruthalicia, your school really needs to learn more about the climate emergency and the rapid & vast actions necessary to halt it. Climate scientists of the UK: are you willing to go speak to the students in their schools? Let's do this!
@Strike4Youth
👩‍🏫👨‍🏫I hereby volunteer all climate social & physical scientists in the UK who care about children (last I checked, that was roughly 200% of us) to say "YES" to any school who invites us to speak. There are SO MANY of us in every corner of the UK - this is doable. @Strike4Youth
This letter is a good place to look for supportive academics who might be close to your school 😉. We can share lots of presentation materials and spread the work around! theguardian.com/environment/20…
#schoolstrike4climate #FridaysForFuture
@PriestleyCentre @SRILeeds @TyndallCentre
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If the political class fully grasped the implications and truly had our interests at heart, it would be even more panicked about #climatebreakdown than it is about Brexit.
Here too, we are approaching a cliff edge: action to prevent climate breakdown has been delayed for so long that only massive and immediate cuts in emissions, coupled with carbon drawdown from the atmosphere, can prevent catastrophic levels of heating.
Unlike Brexit, there is no climbing back over this cliff. Climatic tipping points are highly likely to be irreversible. Politics everywhere should be going nuts about this. Instead we hear … next to nothing.
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Excellent article by @_MikeTremblay on the potential synergy between the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the philosophy of Stoicism, and how BJJ is an excellent form of askēsis, or training, for Stoicism. Check it out if you're interested in martial arts and/or philosophy.
The author also wrote a handy Introduction to Stoicism which is on his website. Check it out if you're interested but unfamiliar with it. Here's Part 1: "The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent"
tremblaymichael.com/2018/12/21/par…
And here's Part 2: "Why Other People Cannot Harm Us." tremblaymichael.com/2019/01/03/par…
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Faster-Than-Expected™ - Methane/Permafrost Edition

"The microbes are waking up." —Sergei Zimov

"We're ... right at the threshold of some abrupt change." —Katey Walter Anthony

from @ClimateState (including material by @rjeskow)

#ExtinctionRebellion
Faster Than Expected™ - Thwaites Glacier Edition

A gigantic cavity is growing under Thwaites Glacier: "The new discovery implies that this limitation most likely causes those models to underestimate how fast Thwaites is losing ice." nasa.gov/feature/jpl/hu…

#ExtinctionRebellion
Faster Than Expected™ - Species Extinction Edition

"Rising temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of #ClimateChange earlier than currently thought"

#ExtinctionRebellion #SchoolStrike4Climate
phys.org/news/2019-01-c…
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Hey team, I want to say something about @Ocasio2018 and the #GreenNewDeal.

Standing behind her, her allies and this movement is a moment of truth for climate politics in America.
2. If you're middle-aged or older, and a jaded veteran of climate politics, you may well think the odds of getting #GreenNewDeal legislation passed in the next couple years are low.

You're not wrong.

But that's not what this fight is about now.
3. This fight is now about proving whether there is or is not a political constituency for climate action in America.

And, while a freshman representative and her pursuit of #GreenNewDeal might not be the hill where you want to take your stand, it's where the fight's going down.
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