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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…
4/ Eliza Barclay @elizabarclay & Kainaz Amaria @kainazamaria: “Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate. 'This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.'” #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate vox.com/energy-and-env…
5/ Through the bonds and ideals these young humans are forging and sharing with each other, I think they could become the first truly global cosmopolitan (citizens of the world) generation in history. This piece by Martha Nussbaum explains what that means: bostonreview.net/martha-nussbau…
6/ This is a great piece by Harriet Thew @HarrietThew on the student movement's future: "The school strikes are a serious moral challenge to climate inaction, but they must overcome certain challenges to maintain momentum." (via @jricole) #FridaysForFuture
7/ "A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" is a 7:35 "postcard from the future," narrated by @AOC & illustrated by @mollycrabapple, about what the world could look like if we actually pull off a #GreenNewDeal and fix the climate crisis:
8/ Naomi Klein @NaomiAKlein: "The media debates that paint the Green New Deal as.. impossibly impractical.. just reinforce the sense of futility. But the old New Deal faced almost precisely the same kind of opposition — and it didn’t stop it for a minute."theintercept.com/2019/04/17/gre…
9/ Illustrator Molly Crabapple @MollyCrabapple and producer Avi Lewis @avilewis (who also co-wrote the piece with @AOC) were both interviewed about “A Message from the Future” on yesterday's episode of Democracy Now @democracynow: democracynow.org/2019/4/18/we_c…
10/ "We knew that we needed to save the planet and that we had all the technology to do it, but people were scared. They said it was too big, too fast, not practical. I think that’s because they just couldn’t picture it yet." (Here's the piece on YouTube)
11/ The above mention of technology made me think of this piece by Jason Hickel @jasonhickel: "Better Technology Isn’t The Solution To Ecological Collapse: We cannot innovate our way out of planetary disaster. We need to ditch our addiction to GDP growth" fastcompany.com/40548564/bette…
12/ Jonathan Watts @jonathanwatts: "Resource extraction responsible for half world’s carbon emissions [&] 80% of biodiversity loss." Via @jasonhickel: "Extraction is rising faster than GDP. Clean energy isn't enough. We need to scale down resource use too."theguardian.com/environment/20…
13/ Here's Greta Thunberg @GretaThunberg giving an emotional speech about the world's response to the fire at Notre Dame compared to its response to the planetary arson causing global warming. Via @NaomiAKlein:
14/ Thunberg's mention of ocean acidification above made me remember this excellent piece by Dan Zak @MrDanZak: "‘Everything is not going to be okay’: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble"
15/ @GretaThunberg is the 16-year-old Swedish teenager who inspired the global school protest movement to change climate change policy #FridaysForFuture #SchoolStrike4Climate. Here she was today in Rome giving a speech to the 25,000 people at the protest.
16/ This is a great meta-thread about restorative processes we could do to capture carbon and restore soil health and biodiversity. Via @LeavittAlone.
17/ Study on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere: "Last time CO2 levels were this high, sea levels were 60 feet higher and Antarctica had trees: Study finds the Earth's climate is highly sensitive to 'relatively small variations in atmospheric CO2.'" thinkprogress.org/carbon-dioxide…
18/ Great piece in @jacobinmag on the Green New Deal and what it's really going to take: "The Green New Deal Needs WWII-Scale Ambition: We can end global warming pollution and build a just, green economy in ten years with a budget of $50 trillion a year." jacobinmag.com/2019/03/green-…
19/ Lucy Diavolo @SatansJacuzzi in @TeenVogue: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said Climate Change and Immigration Are Connected — Here's Why She's Right: @AOC is correct to point out how far-right politicians ignore that climate change is creating refugees."
20/ Noah Gallagher Shannon @noahgshannon on corporate climate chaos readiness: "Climate Chaos Is Coming—and the Pinkertons Are Ready. As they see it, global warming stands to make corporate security as high-stakes in the 21st century as it was in the 19th."
21/ This is an excellent piece by RupertRead @RupertRead on the moral right of schoolchildren to protest current climate change policies: "School climate strikes: why adults no longer have the right to object to their children taking radical action" theconversation.com/school-climate…
22 "Why protesters should be wary of ‘12 years to climate breakdown’ rhetoric: I helped write the IPCC 1.5°C report the # apparently comes from... the truth is better & worse than that." ... "Your ancestors did not end slavery by declaring an emergency..."
23 "... and dreaming up artificial boundaries on 'tolerable' slave numbers. They called it... what it was: a spectacularly profitable industry, the basis of much prosperity... founded on a fundamental injustice. It’s time to do the same on climate change." theconversation.com/why-protesters…
24/ Polly Higgins @PollyHiggins @EcocideLaw has died from cancer. She was a Scottish barrister who advocated for ecocide to be recognised as an international crime. Here she is explaining it (via @ExtinctionR):
25/ GeorgeMonbiot @GeorgeMonbiot on Polly Higgins a few weeks ago: "The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted: Businesses should be liable for the harm they do. Polly Higgins has launched a push to make ecocide an international crime"theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
26/ Here's what Polly Higgins said after learning she had cancer: “If this is my time to go, my legal team will continue undeterred. But there are millions who care so much and feel so powerless about the future, and I would love to see them begin to understand the power ...“
27/ “... of this one, simple law to protect the Earth – to realise it’s possible, even straightforward. I wish I could live to see a million Earth Protectors standing for it – because I believe they will.” stopecocide.earth

RIP Polly Higgins. eradicatingecocide.com
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