Have you noticed that, lately, summers are getting warmer, people are sweating buckets, and all we see on the news are related to record-breaking temperatures around the world?
Europe, for instance, is suffering through the latest heatwave, with the warmest June since records began in 1880! The thermometers registered temperatures between 38.5 and 40.5 degrees Celsius in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK, and France reached a scorching 45.9 degrees Celsius!
This is called Global Warming, my friends, and YES, we can do our part to help the planet fight climate change! I’ll get there.
Last March our team in Norway went to Oslo to cover the Global climate strike for future: a growing sustainable action that led thousands of school children on strike to protest about government inaction on climate change, all over the world.
The movement, inspired by the 16 years old activist Greta Thunberg, has taken place in more than 90 different countries on all continents and caused a huge impact on the fight against the growing climate crisis.
The action initiated a series of climate change protests throughout the year and, on the last 30th of August, the Say HI Team Norway took part in two of the many different strikes organised in the country: the Klimabrølet, in Oslo, and the Skolestreik for Klima, in Kongsberg.
Thousands of students had the opportunity to express their demands regarding lack of measures to fight climate change and to pressure the government to implement laws, to act and to prevent global warming.
During the Skolestreik for Klima, in Kongsberg, after an informal conversation where Amarílis mentioned her Brazilian roots, she was invited to talk to the protesters about the fires in Amazonia and how it is negatively affecting the people from the country. It was a rich discussion where everyone could share different points of view and learn!
After the strike, we organised a movie screening about the theme at HI Kongsberg Vandrerhjem. The chosen movie, “An Inconvenient Truth”, is an Academy Awards winner for best documentary and has been credited for raising international public awareness of global warming and reenergizing the environmental movement.
We had guests and protesters from countries like Norway, Kenya, Jamaica, Poland and Brazil, which led us to a very productive debate regarding climate change and how different cultures are dealing with this matter.
What we took as a lesson after this important day, is that we are all able to do something do fight climate change. Check out bellow some simple things we can do in our daily bases to prevent global warming:
Share these ideas and raise awareness for this cause!
Written by Amarílis Coelho and Emília Barreto