With all the kinds of weather changes in the past few years, we are seeing more and more evidence of climate change. With such drastic changes, it is important to take action and this is why we have the International Day of Climate Action. A day to encourage people to take climate action and make a difference for the future. International Day of Climate Action and other environmental awareness days all have the same goal and purpose, they hope to slow down the effects of climate change and do something about it before it is too late. So let’s find out more about the International Day of Climate Action together.
What is International Day of Climate Action?
The International Day of Climate Action or also known as the Global Day of Climate Action is a movement that has a strong impact. As it is a day where people take action for the climate and want to make a difference for the environment and the earth. International Day of Climate Action was brought together by a group called 350.org. Since then, the group has been making a difference and taking action to solve the climate crisis. However, they alone are not enough, that’s why it is important to celebrate the International Day of Climate Action so that more people can participate and join in together and change the world for the better.
Let’s take a closer look at what 350.org is doing and why it is important to the International Day of Climate Action. In 2008, a group of “university friends in the United States along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. The goal was to build a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere”(Denali et al.). 11 years have passed and 350.org is trying to make a difference by taking action.
Since then the organization has become a global organization, where people from all over the world get together and make a difference. Especially on the day of the International Day of Climate Action, people together do something that helps reduce pollution, clean up the earth, reduce carbon dioxide emission, and so on. 350.org’s current goal is to find a sustainable way to keep the world running, that they want to “end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all” (Denali et al.).
International Day of Climate Action’s Origins
11 years ago, the first International Day of Climate Action was held. As a group people gather together to make a difference and try to make a difference for the climate. On October 24, 2009, a group of diverse activists (350.org) gathered together in Washington D.C. raising awareness to stop pollution and reduce poverty. The participants demanded action against climate change and encouraged more action to stop pollution (International Day of Climate Action). The International Day of Climate Action gathered leaders from all over the world to make a difference and it did.
Fridays for Future’s International Day of Climate Action
Image Sourced from Fridays For Future’s Official Website
The Global Day of Climate Action 2020 was a special and noteworthy International Day of Climate Action, as the organization, Fridays for Future attracted the world’s attention. Fridays for Future is an organization that was founded based on the strikes held by Greta Thunberg in 2018. With the help of social media and the hashtag #FridaysForFuture, millions of people joined. On September 25th, 2020, a Friday which coincides with the International Day of Climate Action, millions of people went on strike, demanding more regulations and actions needs to be taken to protect the earth. And this year (2021), Fridays for Future strikes again on March 19th (Friday) with the hashtag #NoMoreEmptyPromises.
Those in power continue to only deliver vague and empty promises for far off dates that are much too late. What we need are not meaningless goals for 2050 or net-zero targets full of loopholes, but concrete and immediate action in-line with science. Our carbon budget is running out. The climate crisis is already here and will only get worse, so if we are to avoid the worst case scenarios, annual, short-term climate binding targets that factor in justice and equity have to be prioritized by the people in charge.
Quote from Friday For Future, find out more on their website.
Whether it is Fridays For Future’s or 350.org’s International Day of Climate Action is all about the action we take and what we can do to protect our earth and provide a brighter future for the generations after us.
How to participate in International Day of Climate Action
Although this year has taken an unfortunate amount of crisis including the pandemic, that doesn’t mean we can’t participate in International Day of Climate Action. While we might not be able to gather together and protest or have big meetings, we are still able to make a difference individually. Another way you can participate is to join 350.org, join their mailing list, and be caught up with all the information that is needed. Or you can choose to make a donation to 350.org, this donation will be helping the organization help find ways to have clean energy and take action against climate change. Last but not least, definitely share and promote the International Day of Climate Action. Any kind of exposure for the cause is a great way to support International Day of Climate Action and 350.org. You can also check out Fridays For Future and see what they are up to and join them in demanding for climate actions.
We are in it together
The International Day of Climate Action is an important monument for climate change. It is a day that pushes us, and each and every one of us to do something for the earth. To take action on International Day of Climate Action. It could be something big or small, the important thing is that we are taking action! Because it is up to us to make a difference for the earth, it is up to us to solve the problem of climate change and it is used to be involved in the International Day of Climate Action.
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The article has been updated on March 19th, 2021. The original was published on October 23, 2020.
“International Day of Climate Action.” 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 23 Oct. 2020.
Denali, Thelma Young Lutunatabua, and Julia Krzyszkowska. “A Global Campaign to Confront the Climate Crisis.” 350.org. Web. 23 Oct. 2020.