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  • Edición impresa de Marzo 19, 2019.

Current events are retelling the story of David and Goliath. On one side we have the very strong gigantic transnational corporations that have taken control of the political process, the major media, the judicial system and even education. All the enforcement agencies live to protect the interests of the corporations by any possible means; after all the laws are written to protect the interests of the wealthy.

On the other side we have a sixteen-year old Swedish girl who has become a prominent activist by speaking truth to power. At the meeting at Davos she said: “Our house is on fire” adding “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. We owe it to the young people, to give them hope.”[ She addressed the UN Climate Change COP 24 conference being the voice for a generation who are demanding fast actions to halt the rise in global temperatures. There have been climate strikes involving, in first instance, students and lately joined by adults, on every continent, with the demonstrations of thousands of children.

On March 15 the Global Climate Strike for Future took place. On that day, tens of thousands of young activists for climate change in at least 123 countries, skipped school and demonstrated to show their concern for the planet. In Sidney, Australia some the signs urged politicians to take urgent action on climate change.

In London a sign read: “I’ll do my work when you do yours,”

In St. Paul Minnesota: “If you don’t act like adults, we will.”

Ukraine: Make my planet great again

Chile: “Young people only want a clear future to live”

Portugal: “Old enough to save our planet.”

How many children and young people do we need demanding a better future for themselves by stopping the machinery that is fueled to increase the benefits of a few at the expense of the big masses everywhere? They are showing the path, but who is going to create alternative systems that are more oriented to sustainability, human rights, animal rights, better use of the land and above all a sensible way of producing what people need, and not stuff to chain people to the accumulation of worthless items.

Who among the adults is willing to serve this cause without bringing along all the mistakes from the past, by not purging the interests, and cultural agenda fed by education, that motivates people to ‘do’ more instead of ‘being’ more. Success is measured by the standards of those ruling the big interests, therefore, you must “produce something”, in order to be taken into consideration.

Young people have the strength of truth and that has made it possible for their actions to spread fast and effectively. People in power will try to brush away the impact of their voices by calling them too young, or with lack of experience in the real world. That may be true, but they know that their future is very dark, or not at all if things continue the path taken up to now.

Let’s acknowledge that there has to be a radical change in the system for a real climate change. Let’s also admit that we cannot disregard the words of truth from young people, on the contrary, we must find ways to support their efforts with more than words and hopeful wishes.

Open your eyes and ears to what is happening and rally for all the Davids in the world.

 

 


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