Tuesday 23rd September was an important day for the future of our planet. It was the day of the UN Climate summit meeting at the UN in New York. The secretary of the UN met with the world’s most important politicians, presidents, prime ministers, and heads of state, to discuss climate change and whether they can save our future.
Push for change
The 23rd September was also the date of ‘The Future is Rising’, a day of global activism which aimed to create moments of “beautiful mayhem ” in major cities throughout the world. Events took place in cities such as London, Sydney, Tokyo, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and San Francisco.
The motivation was to create a global protest against climate change, to encourage politicians and world leaders to build a future with a sustainable climate, by committing to a future with zero carbon emission. According to climate scientists, this must be achieved by 2050 to avoid a future with an unstoppable climate change.
Why is climate change so important?
The climate changes are slowly creating more and more challenges for life on earth. The threat to maintaining biodiversity is increasing , which as a result could affect the living environments of animals and potentially lead to their extinction.
Climate change is also affecting the natural wonders of the world such as the Great Barrier Reef and the melting of the Arctic. Rising sea levels are causing flooding, whilst droughts and water and food shortages cause political tensions.
“The Future is Rising” organized creative activities to happen on the streets of cities around the world over a 24-hour period, starting in Sydney and ending in New York. The idea was to make people take a minute out of their daily lives and to think about the importance and dangers of climate change. The participants were all encouraged to wear a large circle drawn in make up or face paint around one of their eyes. This was a symbol to show the politicians that they were being watched, and to encourage them to make the right choices to prevent the consequences of climate change.
In London a wide variety of activities were organized including dance, yoga and meditation flash mobs all of which took place at prominent places in the city such as the London Eye, Downing Street and in the Turbine hall of the Tate Modern. Free Runner and parkour world champion Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff climbed the West Minster bridge, and for those who prefer running on pavements; there was a 5km run around the city in the evening. Yogis also met at Jubilee Gardens facing the Houses of Parliament at sunrise and sunset to perform sun salutations. This was symbolic of watching the decision makers at the UN summit who were ultimately holding the power in their hands to bring sunlight and hope or shadows and despair to the future.
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