Greta and George, the best short video of 2019

Greta and George, the best short video of 2019
Dec 31, 2019

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Guardian: How Greta Thunberg’s school strike went global: a look back

Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon in December 2019
Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Today in Focus talked to the climate change activist Greta Thunberg in March about the campaign of school strikes she started. As part of a series looking back at some of our favourite episodes of 2019, she told our environment editor Jonathan Watts how it all began

  • This episode was originally released on 14 March 2019

This week we return to some of our favourite episodes of the year. Greta Thunberg spoke to Today in Focus in March, before her transatlantic voyage to address the UN.

One day in mid-2018, Greta Thunberg skipped school and went to sit outside the Swedish parliament with a homemade banner that read skolstrejk för klimatet or “school strike for climate”. By March 2019, her sign had been translated into dozens of languages and her school strike protest had spread to more than 70 countries.

She told the Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, how it all began and what she made of the attention she generated.

Listen to the podcast at The Guardian …

Video: Waterloo Region RISES for Climate Justice and the Global Climate Strike!


RISE for CLIMATE JUSTICE! Sept 27th, 2019 / Waterloo, Ontario – People from across the region gathered today at Waterloo Town Square, in the largest environmental gathering the region has ever seen, to call for immediate and urgent action on climate change. The 5000+ people here joined more than 7 million participants in over 160 countries around the world who took to the streets this week to make it clear that we need urgent and ambitious action TODAY, as part of the Global Climate Strike (

Today’s strike brought together indigenous people, students, parents, and workers, all calling for one single thing … the right to a livable future! In a year that has seen new heat records, the strongest hurricanes, intense rainfall, and rapid melting of the ice caps. In a year when Canada declared a climate emergency and bought an oil pipeline. In a year that has seen the Amazon rainforest, often known as the lungs of the Earth, burning for cattle. In this year we have seen the largest climate strikes ever recorded.

In this year the students and young people have taken to the streets to stand up for their future. And today the Waterloo Region community and the global community gathered to stand up with the students to demand action!

Over the past year, we have had several scientific reports, including the IPCC SR1.5, the WMO Global Climate in 2015-2019, and the IPCC SR on Ocean and Cryosphere, that have presented the stark impacts of climate change and the action needed to avoid the worst of these impacts. The science is clear we need ambitious action today!

We URGENTLY NEED all levels of government to commit to a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, leading to net-zero emissions by 2050, if we are going to be secure a livable planet for future generations, and deliver a safe climate future for all life on earth.



Editing / graphics:
Better Creative

Avery Rouleau
Brendan Stanton
Chiamaka Okafor-Justin
Nolan O’Kane
Victor Cannell

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Climate Change at Democracy Now!

For those of us that are new to the problem of the Climate Emergency or are looking for good solid reporting Democracy Now! is a unique news broadcast that diverges in nature of the typical corporate media. DN!’s hour long broadcast is well worth watching in its entirety. Below are some segments on the Climate Emergency from the last few weeks:

Tuesday Sept 24,2019
+ How Dare You! Greta Thunberg Slams World’s Focus on Economic “Fairy Tales” While Ecosystems Collapse
+ In Landmark UN Complaint, 16 Children Accuse Nations of Failing to Protect Them from Climate Change
+ Meet Brazil’s Indigenous Leader Attacked by Bolsonaro at U.N. over Efforts to Preserve the Amazon

Monday Sept 23,2019
+ “This Is Our Time. This Is Our Future.” Voices from the Historic Youth Climate Strike in NYC
+ Millions Took Part in the Youth-Led Global Climate Strike Friday. Here’s Why People Marched
+ 19-Year-Old Indigenous Climate Activist Artemisa Xakriabá: “We Fight for Mother Earth”
+ “Our House Is on Fire”: Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds of Thousands at NYC Climate Strike
+ Bill McKibben: Youth Who Led Global Climate Strike Are Bringing a New “Spirit” to Climate Fight

Friday Sept 21,2019
+ “Young People Have Had Enough”: Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today
+ Kelsey Juliana v. U.S.: Meet the Young Woman Suing the Federal Government over the Climate Crisis
+ This Afghan Teen Was Set to Join First-Ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit, But U.S. Denied His Visa

Thursday Sept 19,2019
+ Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a “Death Penalty” for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act

Tuesday Sept 17,2019
+ Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution
+ “On Fire”: In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet
+ Naomi Klein: Greta Thunberg Is a “Prophetic Voice” in Fight for Climate Justice
+ Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right’s Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis

Wednesday Sept 11,2019
+ “We Are Striking to Disrupt the System”: An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg.

See Democracy Now!’s archive of shows.

Climate Strike Waterloo Region in the news

Organizers hope Waterloo Region’s biggest climate strike will spark action

Sep 20, 2019 by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO REGION — Beethoven’s music has inspired activists around the world, most famously when students in the Tiananmen Square uprising played his masterpiece “Ninth Symphony” as a way to build hope and solidarity.

Next Friday, the “Ode to Joy” from that symphony will ring out over Waterloo Public Square in what organizers say will be the biggest climate strike so far in Waterloo Region.

It will start off low, with just one instrument, and gradually swell as other professional musicians, members of local choirs, and hundreds of others join in.

It will “just kind of build,” the way organizers hope momentum for climate action will build, both in the region and around the world, said Mo Markham, one of the organizers of the local climate strike.

Earlier monthly climate strikes have attracted anywhere from 100 to 300 people, but the one on Friday, Sept. 27, at the public square, held as part of worldwide strikes for Climate Week, could draw 1,000 or more, said Meg Rutter Walker of Fridays for Future Waterloo Region.

“There’s a lot of energy and a lot of excitement,” Rutter Walker said.

Read More at the Record …

Event Reminder: Sept 23rd

Monday Sept 23, 6:30-9pm, A screening of the climate action documentary Beyond Crisis, Princess Twin Cinema 46 King St N, Waterloo (map). Register on EventBrite or through Facebook (Pay-by-Donation / PWYC).

  • 6:30pm – Mingling for climate action,
  • 7:00pm – Beyond Crisis,
  • 8:00pm – Panel discussion.

BEYOND CRISIS is a story of hope for a rapidly changing world: a meditative call to action that explores what it means to be living in this new era of climate change, as told by over fifty diverse voices from across Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

Monday, Sept 23rd, 7:00 – 9pmWilmot’s Climate Emergency Declaration Vote. Lets fill the council chambers! (see facebook page for Details), 60 Snyder’s Road West, Baden, Ontario (streetview, map).

  • Join us at Wilmot Township Council’s next meeting where Councillors will be voting on a Climate Emergency declaration for the Township of Wilmot! The declaration also includes a carbon budget, which will keep the township accountable and on track to meet its emission goals.
  • The Climate Emergency motion will likely be early on the agenda, so please be sure to arrive on time (as close to 7:00 pm as possible).
  • We want to fill the chambers in support of this motion, so invite everyone you know!!

New Event: Woolwich Climate Emergency Declaration vote

Tuesday Sept 24th, 7-9pmWoolwich Climate Emergency Declaration vote, This is one step towards a Regional vote October 9th – let’s fill the council chambers in support! (see facebook page for Details), 24 Church St W, Elmira, Ontario (streetview, map).

  • Join us at Woolwich Township Council’s next meeting where Councillors will be voting on a Climate Emergency declaration for the Township of Woolwich! The declaration also includes a carbon budget, which will keep the township accountable and on track to meet its emission goals.
  • The Climate Emergency motion will likely be early on the agenda, so please be sure to arrive on time (as close to 7:00 pm as possible).
  • We want to fill the chambers in support of this motion, so invite everyone you know!!

Interest from all over the world!

Countries from all around the world are having or planing their own Climate Strikes. We in Waterloo Region (Ontario, Canada) will be having our strike on the 27th of September (2019). What’s interesting is that we are seeing interest in what we are doing, on our web site, from all over the world:

RankCountryVisitor Count
2United States196
6United Kingdom4
10Hong Kong2