Listen: The World Is Facing a Climate Crisis and Global Leaders Aren't Doing Enough About It
"World is facing. A climate crisis and global leaders aren't doing enough about it. That's the message coming from. The millions of people expected to take part in climate climate strikes across the globe. Today the walkouts are being led by students and one student in particular sixteen year old Swedish activist gratitude Berg the climate and ecological article crisis is a global crisis the biggest crisis humanity S. ever face and if we don't manage to work together to cooperate and to to work together despite our differences that we will fail will be out. One of the biggest walkouts expected to happen open in New York City today. NPR's Jeff Brady is following this from New York according Jeff Good Morning Okay. Let's start with gratitude. Berg because this is a sixteen year old girl who managed she convince some massive school districts including New York City to let kids walk out for a day. How did she get this this movement off the ground in she. We started about a year ago with her school strike for the climate and she did this all by herself outside the Swedish parliament. She got some attention on social media and her climate China's trade is spread across the globe and I think it's because she has this clear and very direct way of talking about climate change which can be confusing and she doesn't have any problem standing in front of powerful people and telling them that they need to do more to the to to fix the changing climate. What what's the scale. We're expecting for these marches. Today's just major cities like New York or we expect rural areas as well. Yeah is looking like it's going to be a pretty big. Protests is there are protests expected in more than one hundred countries organizers think is going to be the largest climate strike yet and here in New York of course the school district is giving students excused absences absences the that's going to boost the numbers I've also talked with people in very small towns who were just a few dozen people are expected and their events like this happening running everywhere all over the globe so you said they gratitude. Berg is is so compelling in part because she is so clear. What are these? What are these kids demanding? They have a pretty specific list of demands and those were summed up. I would say pretty succinctly at a Capitol Hill press conference this week by Seventeen Year Old Baltimore activist US Nadia Nassir respective indigenous land sustainable agriculture protecting biodiversity environmental justice and adjust transition shen away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and sometimes activists here in the US shorthand this by calling for Congress to pass a green new deal. That's the proposal proposal that was crafted by Progressive Democratic lawmakers and it calls for an extraordinary overhaul of the of the economy and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions so far for those that legislation hasn't gone anywhere in Congress so as these young people have gone to Capitol Hill as we as we heard that young woman there. What's the response. We're getting our lawmakers listening. Do you think they got a lot of praise. From Democrats. climate change is a big issue for Democrats more than Republicans but it did spar with some Republican lawmakers who support President Trump's plan to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement seventeen year old Seattle Activists Jamie Margolin asked one congressman how he'll respond to his grandchildren and asked if he did get enough to address climate change. She called his position that the climate agreement will hurt. US competitiveness shameful and cowardly NPR's Jeff Brady. Thanks so much"