Climate change protests called Fridays for Future have been taking place on Fridays since 15 year old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish Parliament every school day for 3 weeks in August 2018 to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. The movement has spread worldwide and last Friday, September 26th, following the UN meeting on climate change, 7 million people across the world were reported to have taken part in protests.
Thousands of people of all ages and ethnicities gathered in front of the Legislative Building in Toronto. Members of the Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace and 350.org climate protest groups had spent the morning painting huge images on the ground saying ‘Protest, Restore, Fund’.
There were children of all ages, people pushing strollers, and even some people in wheelchairs. For people who work at regular jobs, TGIF signifies ‘Thank God its Friday’. Not at this march where TGIF signified ‘Thank Greta it’s Fridays for Future’
There were sad signs: ‘You will die of old age, I will die of Climate Change’ and some which shocked me ‘Just a 100 Companies Responsible for 71% of Emissions’.
A bit of fun and colour was added by musicians and people in costumes some representing symbols of indigenous culture.
As a former scientist, I liked the placard below.
This morning, I read the accounts of several whistle blowers at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency in the US who talked about how their research findings have been manipulated for political gain and how groups with special interests are allowed improper influence on policy in the interests of financial gain. The placard below says it all ‘We can’t drink oil, we can’t breathe money’. I think we have reached a point where we all have to realize that the bottom line can no longer be profit.