Recently in the city of Bengaluru, several people protested and demanded action on climate change from the government at Town Hall. The protesters carried placards and banners that read “I want you to panic”, “Denial is not a policy”, “Winter won’t come any more”. The 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg started this global movement, #FridaysForFuture and this particular protest is a part of it. The movement started when Greta Thunberg started skipping school every Friday in order to protest against inaction on climate change.
Most of the protesters were students, some parents, concerned activists and citizens. Rajini, one of the protesters is a member Extinction Rebellion India’s Bengaluru Chapter is asking for three things from the government:
- Truth to be told to media & people about the climate emergency
- We have to act now, or else it will be too late as per the IPCC report
- Lastly, we have to create a new scenario united towards sensible decision making that may go beyond the current political equations
A scientist who works for environmental protection and conservation, Supritim, is of opinion that it is highly important for all of us to come out and address climate change issues, as well as more such Fridays, must be organized.