Listen: Forty Eight Hours, Fifteen Percent And Fifteen Years discussed on Casual Times
"Long time south African anti apartheid and climate justice activist on the first African to lead green peace so you're here in New York can you talk about the climate strike that youth are leading on Friday tomorrow I have a round table of youth discussing this walking out of school it's something you know well from anti parked eight days in South Africa well yeah I mean I I walk of screwed us fifteen it's a little bit of digital but images say these kids are much more spot to much more strategic much more you got it right. yet the I'd together with thousands were expelled from school for that reason and you were fifteen years old it was fifteen percent so you'll vast now schools around the world to do the opposite and you know I would argue that my act together with my fellow young people in South Africa at that time was actually an educative act we learned actually from being part of trying to shape the history of our country these young people are shaping the ins is free of the world a democracy now as you know has been covering climate activism for long time intensively I'm sure you'll agree with me that this is the most powerful energizing moment in our struggle on time the catastrophe and I think that while on the one hand we facing a situation where we are so close to the cliff because we're running out of time on the other hand I think the young kids of actually shown cottage an idol to. symbols and teachers and so on to saying you know not to punish the kids full green what they can and should be doing and what political and business leaders should being that he had a tease the kids a be able like adults and some of all politicians including the guy that sits in the White House I believe being exposed but I and by the way kids are saying that all people should walk out and should not just be children work out of their work places come from home to join in the streets yes and I have to tell you you've been using a figure of one million people or more than one million I am cautiously optimistic that this is going to be the largest climate this but to send into one of the largest pool to save it happen in the world we yes to these in terms of the website almost double the number of events with a listed within forty eight hours these a momentum that is picking up and I hope that instant the tequila will only the children those patterns and able to participate and join with him in the eye in the world we encourage them to do that because what it's steak yeah he's on saving the planet it's actually securing our children and their children's future and therefore it's right the children nine the frontline when the politicians are not willing to predict the future as well I mean even as obviously these young people and many other time it justice activists are rising up as the ones who can potentially bring leaders and as you say parents around to understanding how huge this climate crisis says there's also an unprecedented attack on climate and environmental activists earlier this month you and High Commissioner for human rights Michelle but to let condemns the increasing attacks on climate activists including in fact Greta tune berry this is a clip. the office of special reporters have noted attacks on them or mental human rights offenders in virtually every region particularly in Latin America I am I am disheartened by this violence and also by the verbal attacks on John activists such as a bit of combat and others who golf and I support for prevention of the Honda generation may bear with a man's made by environmental defenders and activists are compelling we should respect protect and fulfill the rights so that's the UN High Commissioner for human rights committee could you talk about what's happening to climate activists around the world well actually this is exactly the conversation we had with the UN secretary general yesterday we pointed out team that according to global witness last year for example every week three environmental activists on average with mud that most of the day every week by the way the statistic in previous years were for the last several years was too weak it spiked since the ball tomato election for example and result in in Brazil so what we see its mobile that's a global average but there's a disproportionate number of people being killed in the Amazonian area and in in Latin America but it's important that we recognize that the depression is not only about Muda but that attacks in terms of online attacks in terms of online attacks as a report by Amnesty International us to showed if you take Twitter for example has a disproportionate level of abuse against women and a disproportional level of abuse against women of color and now we are seeing that the young people optically also in the frontline of this attack speak by usually politicians the handful that are still denying the climate science let's talk about the destruction of the Amazon the world's largest rainforests the United Nations calling for the protection of the Amazon emits fear. thousands of fires raging across Brazil are paving the way for a climate catastrophe environmentalists say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers"