Global Climate Strike set to begin during U.N. climate summit
With the impact of climate change and the debate over policies continuing, world leaders are descending on New York to participate in the U.N. Climate Action Summit. The summit aims to develop concrete plans to develop realistic reductions in emissions & national carbon footprints.
Just before the summit, people from over 150 countries are set to participate in the Global Youth Climate Strike to demand “climate justice for everyone.” Young climate activists like Greta Thunberg have helped organize and drive attention to the strike. The effort marks a new development in a series of global protests, like the People’s Climate March in 2017, which have drawn international participation.
The impact of climate change is being felt more acutely throughout the world, with increasing forest fires, weather changes, and stronger storms marking just a few of the significant impacts. While scientific consensus exists on the reality of human-influenced climate change, the path forward has not seen such agreement.
Differences over approaches in mitigating or reversing the impact of climate change are stark. Activists are demanding a quicker pace and more society-wide shifts in consumption and pollution. The U.N. summit is designed to help bring about international solutions. However, national debates in America and other national governments are ongoing.
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