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Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action

School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures dampened the protests, but thousands of activists posted on social media and took…

Orange Skies, Helpless Panic and Climate Change

On Wednesday, September 9th, I woke up to coral darkness illuminating my room. I assumed the sun began its rise. I thought it strange that I was waking up so early and lazily rolled over in my bed to reach for my phone. The numbers 11 and 30 blinded me. I scrambled to my window…

‘People thought I was too young to protest’: the rise of...

In June, Simukai Chigudu stepped up on a plinth in front of thousands of people blocking the streets outside Oriel College in Oxford. The associate professor of African politics addressed the crowds inspired by Black Lives Matter and the anti-racism protests sweeping across the UK and around the world, catalysed by the killing of yet…

How to land a job protecting the planet: do the groundwork

With concerns about the climate crisis becoming more urgent, many are predicting major growth in jobs that involve protecting our environment. But with more graduates wanting those roles, it’s a really competitive sector. In fact, a single job in sustainability can attract as many as 200 applications, according to Shannon Houde, a sustainability careers adviser.…

College local weather strikers be part of Valentine’s Day protests throughout...

Striking students have joined Valentine’s Day rallies across the world as the protest movement attempts to ratchet up pressure on governments and companies before crunch UN climate talks in Glasgow later this year. In London, the young demonstrators held banners proclaiming “Roses are red, violets are blue, our Earth is burning and soon we will…

6 patterns that will form the future of humanitarian action

We asked leading humanitarians and development analysts, climate change experts, political scientists, economists,military analysts, entrepreneurs and health specialists* to outline emerging global challenges that will shape the future of humanitarian action. Here are some of their insights — combined with trends highlighted in OCHA’s 2020 Global Humanitarian Overview. 1. Inequality will lead to pockets of entrenched vulnerability…

Universities divesting from nonrenewable fuel sources have actually made history, however...

Today the student movement made history by announcing that more than half of UK universities have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies. Since 2012, students have campaigned to marginalise companies like Shell and BP which profit from climate breakdown. The campaign, supported by the National Union of Students,People & Planet and Students Organising for…

Secret Takeaways from the UN Environment Conference

The world takes on one of the most pressing issues of our time — the climate emergency — at COP25 in Madrid, Spain The following is a guest post by Dan Shepard, UN Communications Officer and Climate Communications Expert The Climate Conference in Madrid — COP25 — was an important opportunity for the world to develop solutions for addressing the climate emergency. While the…

One year to conserve the world: an easy guide to combating...

The impact of the climate crisis is all too visible. Bushfires have killed more than 20 people in south-eastern Australia and forced thousands more to flee their homes. Floods and storms have left hundreds dead and many more destitute in Argentina, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. And in the UK, record temperatures were seen last…

Boris beware: trainees are upset and we’re all set to vote...

If 1.3 million under-34s voting in 2017 was a “youthquake”, what would you call the 2.6 million registering this time around? The surge in youth and student voter registrations is no accident. Students and their unions have been working tirelessly for months: we started registering students during freshers’ week because we were determined to be…

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