This morning at the Global Lens Club meeting our conversation focused on Climate Action.
Today, September 20, is a global climate strike day so this conversation was aptly timed!
While we did not strike as a club, we did talk about some specific individuals who have made great strides with their striking efforts.
First Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, and Nobel Peace Price nominee. We discussed her program "Fridays for Future" and the importance of holding politicians accountable for the actions and ensuring they follow through on legislation. Moving a little closer to home, we next had a visit from Mary Ellis Stevens, a 14-year-old climate activist in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Let's let her introduce herself!
Mary Ellis "Ru" Stevens is a freshman at Myers Park High School in Charlotte and the director of Earth Uprising Charlotte and Vice President of North Carolina Climate Strike. Inspired by Thunberg, Stevens is on her 24th week striking. For most of those Fridays, instead of attending school, she sat in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center talking to lawmakers entering and exiting the building. (source https://www.wunc.org/post/youth-strike-against-climate-change)
Follow along with her journey on twitter: https://twitter.com/_mary_ellis?lang=en
I met Ru at our summer camp, Green River Preserve, where I was her TBXer (essentially counselor in training). Being able to hear from her at the Global Lens meeting this morning was very special and everyone in attendance appreciated her taking time out of her day to talk to us!
We were also blessed with Katie Parce (Environmental Cohort Director) performing an environmental rendition of Fergalicious, which is featured below.
Today, millions of young people are protesting all around the world in the name of climate change and climate action. What are some things we can do in our daily lives to help curb the effects of climate change?
• Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while
also recycling nutrients.
• Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post
about women’s rights or climate change, share it so folks in your
network see it too.
• Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in
initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet. You can also voice
your support for the Paris Agreement and ask your country to ratify
it or sign it if it hasn’t yet.
• Remind your family and friends of the action they can take and
the power that they have over reducing the effects of climate
Our meeting this morning had thirty attendees, all excited and inspired to discuss climate action and other global issues. I am looking forward to our journey ahead this year!!