Over 1M Global Climate Protesters to Hit the Streets

    Over 1M Global Climate Protesters to Hit the Streets
    Last updated Sep 16, 2023
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    • From Pakistan and Nigeria to the US, more than 1M climate protesters across over 50 countries are expected to hit the streets this weekend to demand governments phase out fossil fuel burning.
    • The Sept. 15-17 "Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels" protests — held by mostly youth-led local and global climate groups like Greta Thunberg's Friday's for Future movement — are planned ahead of the UN's Climate Ambition Summit next week.
    • This unprecedented effort follows a rise in small protests recently — from people defacing artwork to a man gluing himself to the floor at the US Open.
    • On Sunday, the March to End Fossil Fuels will culminate in New York City, with over 400 scientists and 500 organizations endorsing it, including the NAACP, the Sierra Club, and the Sunrise Movement.
    • While more than 80 countries are expected to pledge to gradually phase out the use of fossil fuels during the COP28 climate summit later this year, their governments reportedly spent a record $7T in subsidies to coal, oil, and gas industries last year.


    Narrative A

    When will enough be enough? Global temperatures are rapidly rising toward the 1.5°C and 2°C benchmark, resulting in historic heatwaves, droughts, and floods. As the Earth warms and the climate becomes more unpredictable, every citizen of the globe — the poor and marginalized, in particular — will have their lives upended. Everyone must strike against the root cause of climate change: the burning of fossil fuels.

    Narrative B

    While climate change is real, the hyperbolic speech of activists has caused severe psychological damage to the same youth they claim to be fighting for. By brainwashing an entire generation to believe that every thunderstorm is the result of burning fossil fuels, they've scared these adolescents into never wanting to have children of their own. Maybe we should start offering positive solutions rather than doomsday everyday propaganda.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that the Climate Clock will hit zero by November 2028, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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