Student Climate Strike a Success!
THANKS to school kids across the globe, my final Fasting for the Future 24-hour fast ended on a spectacular note! Millions of students left class, stood up and demanded action to save their future. And I got to be a witness to their history—and actually felt hopeful for the first time in years, maybe even decades.
In Reno, the first action was at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) at 9am, where a few hundred activists converged on and near the library steps, including scores of high school students, bused in overflowing with their inspiring interest and enthusiasm. Off to a good start.
The second strike started at 6pm at City Hall Plaza downtown, where over a thousand people showed up ready to change the world. Organized by local high school students, the turnout blew everyone away. Great program. Great energy. Reno is in the game!
The strike—and even my fast!—made the local TV news.
TODAY will be my last “scheduled” fast as I’ve now connected with the local climate community and don’t need to go it alone. Here’s what I’ve gathered so far:
- GOOD NEWS: Citizen’s Climate Lobby. The local Unitarian Universalists and Quakers have partnered to create a local, highly active chapter to lobby our representatives to enact a carbon tax.
- BAD NEWS: Devastation Acceleration. No, it’s not getting better all by itself. Today’s inaction is tomorrow’s infanticide by other means. If you’re not active, get active. Don’t make me beg.
- REQUIRED VIEWING: Greta Thurnberg. This is what hope looks like.
POSTSCRIPT: BETTER SOUNDING SONGS
I JUST (finally) learned how to make audio mixes that POP! So, I redid my two climate YouTube videos with new soundtracks. Give a listen and if you like, please share. Nothing helps move a movement like music.
- Don’t Hear Nothin’ — a “fight song” for climate change activists.
- Final Days of History — a “wake up” call for their complacent parents.
Thanks for listening, figuratively and literally…