Climate strike – Every Friday
Every Friday we will gather in at 12 at Austurvöllur! ?
The strike is inspired by Greta Thunberg whose school strikes for climate in Sweden have garnered widespread attention. Hundreds of thousands of youth have followed her example and went to the streets to object to the authorities’ lack of action, in over 100 countries all over the world.
Latest data from Gallup shows that more Icelanders than ever before are interested in – and are worried about – environmental issues ?? (http://bit.ly/2IuvEp4), and yet carbon emissions are still increasing ?
? We want to show the authorities that the public is aware of the severity of the situation and we are calling for drastic measures.
The government published an environmental plan for 2030 with the goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040. While we support this plan, further action is needed. The current plan is not conducive to reaching the goal of staying below 1,5° C warming. We demand actions that have the capacity to reach that goal.
? It is clear that funding for environmental actions needs to increase drastically. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2,5% of GDP must be reserved for actions towards keeping the temperature rise within 1.5° C. The Icelandic plan is to spend 0,05% of GDP per year for the next five years ?
We demand that Iceland rises to the challenge, listens to the scientists, declares an emergency and reserves at least 2,5% of domestic GDP for direct climate actions. The labour market must also take responsibility and therefore a certain change of mindset must take place. It is not enough that individuals only take responsibility, we need the government, companies and organizations to take action and change both their attitude and behavior.
? We demand drastic action. Now. For coming generations. For safeguarding our climate.