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March 20th, 2019

Scientists for Future back Youth 4 Climate’s strike in recent petition

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by:Yair Oded

Back in August 2018, Greta Thunberg, 16, began skipping school every Friday and sat outside the Swedish Parliament in protest against their failure to address climate change issues and curb emissions.

Since then, Thunberg’s tenacity has inspired countless youths from across the globe to unite under the Youth 4 Climate movement. Last Friday, students from more than 90 countries and 1,200 cities staged a globally coordinated strike and took to the streets to demand action on climate change.

Recognizing that some public figures have criticized the kids for lacking scientific knowledge to justify their action, a group of German-speaking scientists launched a petition titled Scientists for Future in support of Youth 4 Climate.

In their petition, the scientists announce, “As scientists and scholars, and based on sound scientific knowledge, we declare: These concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for climate, biodiversity, forest, marine, and soil protection are far from sufficient.”

The scientists urge world governments to take the necessary actions to limit global warming to 1.5 °C by eliminating coal burning by 2030 and ending all CO2 emissions between 2040 and 2050.

Thus far, more than 23,000 scientists have signed this urgent plea for action.

If you happen to belong to the scientific community, please do join the growing clamor to reduce emissions and mitigate global warming by adding your name to the petition.

Image credit: The Conversation

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