Parents around the world mobilise behind youth climate strikes

(The Guardian, 3 Apr 2019) ‘We owe it to our kids’: parents from 16 countries demand urgent climate action.

Parents and grandparents around the world are mobilising in support of the youth strikes for climate movement that has swept the globe.

Under the banner Parents for the Future, 34 groups from 16 countries on four continents have issued an open letter. It demands urgent action to fight climate change and prevent temperatures rising by more than 1.5C, beyond which scientists say droughts, floods and heatwaves will get significantly worse.

“What our kids are telling us is what science has been telling us for many years – there is no time left,” the letter says. “We now owe it to them to act.”

“Parents – we are everywhere in society: in classrooms as teachers, in fields as farmers, in factories as workers, in hospitals as healers, in boardrooms as CEOs, in legislatures as policymakers,” it says. “We have the power to build this safe, just and clean future for our kids.”

The groups involved come from countries including the UK, Germany, US, Australia, India and South Africa. In the UK, the Mothers Rise Up group will march in London on 12 May, international Mother’s Day, and protests are expected in other nations.

“Although this is an event created by mums, it isn’t just for mums,” said Becky Wynn, from London. Wynn has two children – Seb, aged five, and Celeste, aged three. “We are calling anyone who is moved by the love of a child to join – fathers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, childminders and friends. We are all custodians of our threatened home.”

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The Guardian, 3 Apr 2019: Parents around the world mobilise behind youth climate strikes