At the end of August 2018, the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg He stood every day for three weeks in front of the Swedish Parliament to ask his Government to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement. They had just spent the hottest summer in history and she, aged 15, in a yellow rain jacket and with a wooden banner, explained that she sat there because the adults were doing about their future. In September, she decided to change the sit-in and started missing classes every Friday. This is how Fridays for the Future were born, the translation into Spanish of #FridaysForFuture, the hashtag with which Thunberg's action began to spread through social networks and that took her to participate on December 14 at the Katowice Climate Summit in Poland, in front of more than a hundred world leaders. Now, their Friday strike will be global this March 15: in more than 1,000 cities in 89 countries, students are called to second. Here, the keys for Spain of what has already begun to be called "the 15M climate".
Youth for Climate are several groups of young people who joined as a collective last February and are organized in assemblies. "We started eight weeks ago, when we met five friends and decided that we had to sit down as they were doing young people in Europe and around the world," explained Lucas Barrero to Europa Press, one of the young people who started this environmental movement in Spain from the city of Girona. This 22-year-old Andalusian and student of Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Girona began doing exactly that, sitting in front of the Generalitat headquarters in the city where he studies and, this week, he represented Spain in the European Parliament , during the Friday for Future meeting with 60 other young people
Although each territory is organized independently, they have coordinated at a national level, according to Barrero, thanks to "social networks and the media." They are a "nonpartisan" movement, although, explains this spokesman, from day 15 they are open to meet with "any party" that wants to meet with them: "Most of the current politicians will not be alive in 50 years, but we Yes, and we can not depend on your interests and commitments. "
Who they call
Each of the assemblies of the Fridays for Future are moving their own calls, requesting a strike through the Social Councils of the universities. In addition, the Student Union joined the strike on 21 February and calls for it to be seconded in all Spanish institutes.
Even though the students are called to this strike, organizations from different territories have proposed different hours so that all citizens can join the protest.
Where and what time
Until now there more than 40 calls in progress. The organizing collective has shared a map in which you can consult the points of the rallies or demonstrations in the cities in which it has been called and the time of the same.
The Youth manifesto for the climate It talks about the key moment in which the world finds itself: "We have to choose between policies that do not respect the fundamental rights of people and that attack our environment or choose to take a step forward and demand measures that improve the quality of life of the citizenship, that respects our environment and that does not endanger our future ". And they explain that the protests that have been extending for months in Europe, have to reach Spain because "the possibility that the global level of the sea rise three meters from here to the year 2100 is real, 74% of the Spanish soil is in the process of desertification and it is expected that 20% of what is safe today will be at risk within 50 years ". In order to combat this data, and others who point to the manifesto, they call for mobilization and ask for the end of social and political "passivity".
The student strike of this March 15 It has the sympathy and support of traditional environmental organizations such as Seo Birdlife, Ecologists in Action, WWF and Greenpeace. And, in the political sphere, both Unidos Podemos and the Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, support the mobilization.
In Europe, more than 12,000 scientists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have jointly endorsed the climate protection movement Fridays for Future and this Friday a list of scientists supporting environmental activists will be presented.