At Shrine Bell our ethos is to publish outdoor adventure books that inspire children to get outside and explore the natural world, so we’ve been keeping abreast of the recent climate change protests by school children because our landscapes need to be preserved and protected for the generations to come.Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg – who was recently nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize – inspired a global movement to fight against climate change in which thousands of school children missed lessons to protest across more than 100 countries around the world.
This March 1,659 school strikes are planned, across 105 countries. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on global warming said that we have less than twelve years to ensure the global temperature doesn't rise more than 1.5 degrees or the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat, food scarcity and climate-related poverty will dramatically increase.
The effects of climate change can be seen now with the devastating hurricanes in the US, record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic. If warming increases by 2 degrees extremely hot days will become more common, leading to an increase in heat-related deaths. Corals would be ninety-nine per cent lost and melting polar ice caps would lead to dramatically higher sea levels and flooded coastal areas, making places on earth inhabitable.
A Guardian report said that burning fossil fuels is the world's most significant threat to children's health. Nine out of ten children around the world breathe in dangerous air. Toxic fumes inhaled by pregnant women increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and cognitive dysfunction. Pollution from diesel vehicles stunts lung growth, causing lifetime damage.
The majority of those striking are too young to vote, so if you thought skipping class to protest about climate change might make a difference to your future, wouldn't you?