Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative

by Rosaliene Bacchus

There is no wealth on a dead planet – Global Climate Strike 2019 – New York City – USA
Photo Credit: Common Dreams

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of young people and supporting adults in more than 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike, calling on decision-makers to take immediate action to address our global climate crisis. I’m heartened that sixteen-year-old, Swedish environmentalist activist, Greta Thunberg, has awakened our youth to the future that awaits them.           

“It’s just not the young people’s house,” Thunberg told the thousands of participants gathered in New York City. “We all live here. It affects all of us. Why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us? That is being stolen for profit? Some people say we should study to become climate scientists or politicians, so that we can, in the future, solve the climate crisis. But by then, it will be too late. We need to do this now.” (Emphasis mine.)


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  • Leslie Chin  On 09/29/2019 at 8:59 am

    The burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) emits CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere. This causes the air temperature to rise and the ocean acidity to increase resulting in global warming, melting ice caps, rising sea level, extreme weather, coral die off and the killing of oyster and clam larvae.

  • Trevor  On 09/29/2019 at 2:07 pm

    One million barrels of oil daily by 2030.

  • IAN A NASCIMENTO  On 09/29/2019 at 5:22 pm

    You all don’t make any sense. Everything you are using to make this protest comes from what you are protesting. WAKE UP!

    • Trevor  On 09/30/2019 at 6:42 am

      Says the product of Portuguese settlers in the Americas.

  • wally n  On 11/19/2019 at 4:55 pm


    Exclusive: Inside The Media Conspiracy To Hype Greta Thunberg And The UN Climate Conference
    More than 200 media outlets and journalists partnered together with activists to coordinate and hype climate change news before the 2019 U.N. climate summit.
    Two of the largest media outlets — BuzzFeed News and HuffPo — did not disclose their role in the project to their readers, a Daily Caller News Foundation review found.
    The project raises questions about whether journalists should work side-by-side with activists to hype climate change.
    Over 250 news outlets and journalists partnered with Columbia University School of Journalism’s flagship magazine to shape control of “climate crisis” coverage in the lead up to the United Nations climate conference. The coverage-coordination initiative included directing how much time, space and prominence should be devoted to the coverage, and asking that climate “news” be added to seemingly unrelated stories.

    Some of the biggest media outlets in the country, such as CBS and Bloomberg, joined the effort. But others, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, declined to participate in a project they reportedly feared appeared activist in nature. More troubling, a number of the major outlets that joined did not disclose participation to their readers.

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