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Here is what you need to know. Brexit could get delayed . Memebers of UK Parliament voted on Thursday to delay the UK’s departure from the European Union by at least three months. The other 27 EU member states must agree to an extension. Tesla unveils its Model Y SUV . The sport-utility crossover SUV starts at $US47,000 and will have a range of 300 miles per charge and the ability to accerlate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Boeing pauses 737 Max deliveries . “We continue to build 737 MAX aeroplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system,” Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said, according to Reuters. Uber is getting its IPO plans in order . The ride-sharing giant is planning to hold its initial public offering in April – just one month behind rival Lyft’s anticipated debut on the public markets, Reuters says. There are signs iPhone sales are stabilizing in China . “After losing share in 4Q18, iPhone installed base shows market share recovering after price cuts in early 2019,” Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote. “Combined with stabilizing iPhone supply chain data points, we now see an upward bias to our iPhone estimates in the March quarter.” Volkswagen’s CEO apologizes for making a Holocaust reference . Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess apologised for saying at an internal event on Tuesday “ebit macht frei,” which echoed the inscription “arbeit macht frei” or “work sets you free” that was found on the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Ebit was a reference to the accounting term earnings before interest and taxes. Ulta beats across the board . The beauty-supply retailer reported earnings, revenue, and same-store sales that topped Wall Street estimates. Goldman Sachs is cutting about 5% of its sales and trading staff . The layoffs impact employees who deal with clients trading stocks, bonds, and currencies, a person with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider. Stock markets are the world were higher . China’s Shanghai Composite (+1.04%) was out front in Asia and Britain’s FTSE (+0.53%) paced the advance in Europe. The S&P 500 was set to open up 0.24% near 2,815. US economic data is heavy . Empire Manufacturing will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET before industrial production and capacity utilization cross the wires at 9:15 a.m. ET. Then, at 10 a.m. ET, JOLTS Job Openings and University of Michigan consumer confidence are due out. Data concludes with TIC flows at 4 p.m. ET. The US 10-year yield was little changed near 2.63%. Business Insider Emails & Alerts
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Sephora And TRESemmé Have Ended Their Partnerships With Influencer Olivia Jade Amid The College Admissions Cheating Scandal
Olivia Jade / YouTube / Via youtube.com Sephora has officially ended its partnership with Olivia Jade Giannulli, the 19-year-old YouTuber and daughter of Lori Loughlin, who’s at the center of the nationwide college admissions cheating scam .
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the makeup giant said that “after careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade.”
The decision is effective immediately, and the collaborative products have seemingly already been pulled from the company’s website .
Following Sephora’s announcement, Unilever’s TRESemmé told BuzzFeed News that they have ended their relationship with the teen YouTuber as well.
“TRESemmé is no longer working with Olivia Jade Giannulli,” a rep for the hair care company said in a statement.
While it’s unclear if the partnership had been ongoing, Giannulli posed with TRESemmé products as recently as February 13 for a sponsored Instagram post.
View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined Giannulli’s partnership with Sephora to create her own custom pressed powder palette was also relatively short-lived. The teen announced the collaboration only in December of last year with a YouTube video on her channel.
Titled ” OLIVIA JADE X SEPHORA COLLECTION (holy sh*t) ,” Giannulli shows fans the final Sephora palette product and walks them through the creation and color selection process.
“Oh my god, they’re perfect,” she recorded herself reacting to her own Sephora palette.
View this video on YouTube youtube.com Earlier this week, Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted for allegedly paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters into USC as recruits for the crew team. The complaint alleges that neither Giannulli nor her sister played the sport.
The teen’s other sponsorships in question include Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Clinique, and Princess Polly.
She previously partnered with Too Faced Cosmetics, but a spokesperson for the Estée Lauder Companies — which owns the brand — told BuzFeed News they had no current campaigns with her and did not plan to work with her in the future.
It appears the product page for Giannuli’s collaboration with Princess Polly, an Australian-based clothing company, has been pulled down . BuzzFeed News has since reached out to Princess Polly.
BuzzFeed News has also reached out to companies with suspected ongoing deals with the influencer. We did not immediately hear back from Giannulli for comment.
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Global Climate Strike: Students inspired by Greta Thunberg skip school to protest climate change – CNN
Story highlights Strikes are planned in almost 1700 towns and cities in over 100 countries Youth activists tell CNN that adults are passing the burden of climate change to future generations “We need to be listened to and we have no intention of giving up until our demands are met,” a UK schoolgirl tells CNN (CNN) Adults have failed. Failed to slash emissions and failed to curb global warming — that is the view of hundreds of thousands of students who will protest climate inaction this Friday, by taking part in the Global Climate Strike.
Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’ s weekly protests, the global youth climate movement has swept the globe, with students organizing strikes on every continent. Meet 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg Read More Now, students are putting their collective voices together in a coordinated global school walkout , called Youth Strike 4 Climate. So far, strikes are planned in almost 1,700 towns and cities in over 100 different countries. Five youth activists tell CNN about their motivations and hopes for the future. Toby Thorpe, 17, Australia 17-year-old Toby Thorpe has organized a strike in Tasmania because he wants future generations to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. “I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe. Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital – Hobart – because he wants to ensure that future generations will experience the island’s natural beauty and clean air. “The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires ravaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state” he says. In other parts of the country, floods and tropical storms are wreaking havoc. “These disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and all the science points to climate change,” says Thorpe. Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Melting polar ice caps – The consequences of climate change go far beyond warming temperatures, which scientists say are melting the polar ice caps and raising sea levels. Click through the gallery for a look at 10 other key effects of climate change, some of which may surprise you. Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Drought – In the coming decades climate change will unleash megadroughts lasting 10 years or more, according to a new report by scholars at Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey. We’re seeing hints of this already in many arid parts of the world and even in California, which has been rationing water amid record drought. In this 2012 photo, a man places his hand on parched soil in the Greater Upper Nile region of northeastern South Sudan. Hide Caption 2 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Wildfires – There’s not a direct link between climate change and wildfires, exactly. But many scientists believe the increase in wildfires in the Western United States is partly the result of tinder-dry forests parched by warming temperatures. This photo shows a wildfire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, California, in mid-September. Hide Caption 3 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Coral reefs – Scientists say the oceans’ temperatures have risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit over the last century. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s been enough to affect the fragile ecosystems of coral reefs, which have been bleaching and dying off in recent decades. This photo shows dead coral off the coast of St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh. Hide Caption 4 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Food prices – A U.N. panel found in March that climate change — mostly drought — is already affecting the global agricultural supply and will likely drive up food prices. Here, in 2010, workers on combines harvest soybeans in northern Brazil. Global food experts have warned that climate change could double grain prices by 2050. Hide Caption 5 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Pollen allergies – Are you sneezing more often these days? Climate change may be to blame for that, too. Recent studies show that rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels promote the growth of weedy plant species that produce allergenic pollen. The worst place in the United States for spring allergies in 2014, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America? Louisville, Kentucky . Hide Caption 6 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Deforestation – Climate change has not been kind to the world’s forests. Invasive species such as the bark beetle, which thrive in warmer temperatures, have attacked trees across the North American west, from Mexico to the Yukon. University of Colorado researchers have found that some populations of mountain pine beetles now produce two generations per year, dramatically boosting the bugs’ threat to lodgepole and ponderosa pines. In this 2009 photo, dead spruces of the Yukon’s Alsek River valley attest to the devastation wrought by the beetles. Hide Caption 7 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Mountain glaciers – The snows capping majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, once inspired Ernest Hemingway. Now they’re in danger of melting away altogether. Studies suggest that if the mountain’s snowcap continues to evaporate at its current rate, it could be gone in 15 years. Here, a Kilimanjaro glacier is viewed from Uhuru Peak in December 2010. Hide Caption 8 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Endangered species – Polar bears may be the poster child for climate change’s effect on animals. But scientists say climate change is wreaking havoc on many other species — including birds and reptiles — that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperatures. One, this golden toad of Costa Rica and other Central American countries, has already gone extinct. Hide Caption 9 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Animal migration – It’s not your imagination: Some animals — mostly birds — are migrating earlier and earlier every year because of warming global temperatures. Scholars from the University of East Anglia found that Icelandic black-tailed godwits have advanced their migration by two weeks over the past two decades. Researchers also have found that many species are migrating to higher elevations as temperatures climb. Hide Caption 10 of 11 Photos: Effects of global warming around the world Extreme weather – The planet could see as many as 20 more hurricanes and tropical storms each year by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This image shows Superstorm Sandy bearing down on the New Jersey coast in 2012. Hide Caption 11 of 11 A rallying point for Australian strikers is the plan to open a new coal mine in central Queensland. The Australian government’s consent to the Carmichael mine , also known as the Adani mine after the Indian company developing it, has caused great controversy. A Queensland government official told Reuters this week that Adani Enterprises might have to wait up to two years for environmental approvals to start construction. “It’s outrageous. But we’re not going to sit and watch our futures being trashed because of their addiction to the fossil fuel industry,” says Thorpe. Thorpe believes the government has not done enough to embrace new forms of clean energy. “Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world,” he says. “We have the money and the experts. We should transition to renewable energy right now.” Just 6.7% of Australia’s energy comes from renewable sources, according to the International Energy Agency. Australia has set a target of increasing its renewable energy capacity to 51% by 2050. Thorpe believes that most Australians back the striking students’ efforts. “No matter what your political beliefs, climate change is an issue that affects us all.” Seo-gyung Kim, 17, South Korea 17-year-old Seo-gyung Kim says adults are passing the climate change “burden” to future generations. Seo-gyung Kim, a high school student in the South Korean capital, Seoul, came to climate change activism via nuclear power protests. “My mom was a science teacher. She explained how nuclear power plants work when I was a primary student,” says Kim, adding that when she learned that water used to cool nuclear plants is returned to the ocean, Kim became concerned about marine pollution. As a teenager, Kim began campaigning against nuclear power plants. In this capacity, she encountered Youth for Climate Action and joined the group as a volunteer to raise public awareness. “I don’t understand why my government is not investing more in the renewable energy sector but is still investing in coal-powered plants,” she says. Read more: The world’s most polluted cities Just 2% of South Korea’s energy sector is currently renewable, the International Energy Agency tells CNN. The country has vowed to close 14 coal power plants as part of its ‘2050 Energy Vision Plan’ , but recently invested tens of billions of US dollars in coal, according to the World Energy Council. Air pollution is a serious problem in South Korea. The government declared it a “social disaster” this week and passed a set of bills to tackle the problem after seven cities experienced record-high concentrations of harmful PM 2.5 particles. “When I step out of my apartment, I run into a seven-lane road,” says Kim. She says she can see dust and is conscious of the ultra-fine particles that clog the city’s atmosphere. “Nowadays, I feel breathing is more difficult,” she says. JUST WATCHED How deadly is air pollution? Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH
How deadly is air pollution? 01:07 Some positive steps have been taken, however. Kim is pleased that the city of Seoul is equipping one million households with solar panels and that last year, a floating solar farm –the size of three football pitches and the largest in the country — was established. Kim believes that South Koreans are not doing enough to tackle climate change because they assume it is a problem for the future — not for now. “I don’t think adults are taking enough responsibility,” she says. “They are passing the burden to future generations.” Shaama Sandooyea, 22, Mauritius 22-year-old Shaama Sandooyea organized the first climate strike in Mauritius. Shaama Sandooyea lives on a small island in the Indian Ocean, about 2,300 km (1,400 miles) off the coast of Africa. She describes her home as a pocket of “yellow sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coconut trees, under a burning sun.” Although it appears to tick all the boxes for a tropical paradise, Mauritius is in the grips of climate change. The nation is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels and some people have lost their homes, while storm surges have devastated sections of coastline. Although overall rainfall is decreasing, there are more heavy downfalls. What is climate change? Your questions answered In March 2013, a flash flood caused the death of 11 people in the island’s capital, Port Louis. “Since that day, everyone is scared of rainfalls,” says Sandooyea. Meanwhile, the corals that once thrived offshore have “bleached extensively” due to rising temperatures over the last decade. JUST WATCHED Seychelles: 115 islands vs climate change Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH
Seychelles: 115 islands vs climate change 07:52 Sandooyea — who is studying for a degree in marine environmental sciences — credits her education for inspiring her activism. In Mauritius, young people feel more worried about climate change than older generations because they learn about it in school and understand the threat, she says. But despite the keen interest, there has never been a climate strike in Mauritius before and “nobody knew where to start.” Sandooyea took the initiative: she contacted strike organizers in Europe for advice, set up a Facebook page and started spreading the word. Sandooyea feels frustrated by political inaction and hopes to make an impact. “What is the purpose of education if … those who have the power to make a difference, are not listening to us?” Scarlet Possnett, 15, United Kingdom 15-year-old Scarlet Possnett says it is “impossible not to notice climate change.” Climate change is “something that terrifies my generation”, Possnett says, expressing her frustration that as a teenager she cannot vote on climate-related issues “which we will have to deal with the rest of our lives.” When the UK experienced its hottest February day on record this year, Possnett, who lives near Cambridge, says her immediate thought was “this is not how it should be!” “It is impossible not to notice climate change,” she says. Possnett says Thunberg’s weekly strikes outside the Swedish parliament made her realize “there is something students can do” to put pressure on their governments to take climate action. She joined the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) in January and started organizing strikes across the country. With other UKCSN activists, Possnett wrote an open letter calling on the UK government to declare a national climate emergency, to lower the voting age to 16 and include climate change in the national curriculum. How teenage girls defied skeptics to build a new global climate movement “I would much rather be at school [than striking] but I don’t have that luxury,” she says. “We’re being heard, by politicians and the media, but that’s not enough. We need to be listened to and we have no intention of giving up on making noise until our demands are met,” she says. Alexandria Villasenor, 13, United States 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor strikes outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City during the polar vortex. When she was just eight years old, Alexandria Villasenor first became aware of the devastating impacts of climate change. A prolonged drought in 2013 caused the lake in her hometown Folsom, California, to completely dry up . “I could walk across the lake and saw dead fish. It was a scary experience,” recalls Villasenor, who now lives in New York City. Villasenor was once again confronted by the threat of climate change when mass wildfires broke out in Paradise , California, last summer. She was visiting family nearby but had to leave because she was struggling to breathe because of the smoke. “I started to realize [these events] aren’t normal and that they are linked to climate change,” she says. Villasenor’s experiences of climate change and Thunberg’s rousing speech at the United Nations climate summit inspired her to become an activist. Every Friday, Villasenor strikes against global climate inaction outside the United Nations headquarters. “I sit there until I’m numb. I’ve even striked in the polar vortex,” she says. She has been striking for 14 weeks now and helped organize strikes across the United States. “I’m upset with how world leaders are treating the climate crisis. [The youth] need to make sure that people in power start taking action because we don’t have time to wait until we can,” she says. Curbing global warming is possible, but only if governments take “drastic change now,” Villasenor says. “We need to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, stop fracking and stop coal mines,” she adds. She hopes that the youth climate strikes “will achieve more action from world leaders,” pointing to the success of campaigners in Germany, who lobbied the government to phase out coal by 2038.
Meet Two Women Who Are Helping Minority Influencers Negotiate And Secure Five Figure Brand Deals
Social media advertising budgets are predicted to almost double by 2023 and data shows that businesses earn at least $6.50 for each dollar that they have spent on influencers. Despite the space proving to be highly lucrative with a significant return on investment for brands, a common reality within the influencer marketplace is still a lack of representation and diversity. Black influencers lead trends and dominate conversations online – from beauty and hair tutorials to style hauls. Yet with a quick Google search of the highest paid social media influencers, for the most part, there are not many faces of color featured by top brands.
There are numerous influencers and content creators of color who are doing amazing things in this space, yet many of them are overlooked and underpaid. For these creators, it only amplifies the importance of understanding the business and learning how to skillfully leverage their ideas, impact and engaged following for higher rates and contracts.
Two content creators actively working to bridge the knowledge gap for influencers of color are Shannae Ingleton-Smith and Tania Cascilla , founders of The Glow Up. The private, invitation only Facebook group functions as a space for black influencers to connect, support and uplift each other. Built on transparency, the exclusive group is a helpful resource for budding influencers and seasoned creators alike, seeking advice, connections and opportunities. Additionally, an essential discussion in the group is around money: how to earn it, how to negotiate for more and how to consistently secure five to six figure brand deals.
Here, the founders share five tips to help fellow influencers break the mold and command what they are worth:
Some members of The Glow Up, February 2019, NY fashion week Photo Credit: Nigil Crawford
Create an Open Space for Conversation
The Glow Up is rooted in creating honest dialogue and openly sharing resources. “It’s really like passing on the baton to truly help somebody win,” describes Ingleton-Smith. In it, people feel empowered to speak freely about how much they are getting paid, rates, negotiations, strategies and more. Tiffany Battle directly saw the impact of the group’s guiding philosophy to win as a whole. One deal in particular with a popular beauty brand, Ingleton-Smith outlined her negotiations and shared a breakdown of the fee she secured. “Because of her transparency, several women in the group were able to walk away with larger payouts using her methodology. My final offer was 75% higher than my initial offer,” recalls Battle.
Turn Lessons into Opportunities
Beyond the carefully curated content and beautifully filtered images produced, the process to create engaging content is not always as easy and effortless as it appears to be. With an extensive background in fashion – styling, buying and PR – Cascilla understands that getting the perfect image takes commitment. Today, she leans into this same determined work ethic as a full-time influencer. Cascilla remembers a time when she had to turn a negative into a positive, “I had a situation with a brand where I shot the content and it started raining. It was a complete disaster. I knew I couldn’t represent myself like this so I hired a photographer and re-shot the photos. I lost money on the re-shoot, but on the flip side, the second shoot came out phenomenal, and the brand loved it.” Her commitment to producing stellar content impressed the brand and built a relationship beyond that one opportunity. Lessons like this, are shared candidly throughout the group. “A chance meeting for lunch in NYC during fashion week with these women sparked conversations about knowing your worth, fighting for your dreams and never giving up and it just completely changed everything for me. My income grew by over 800% in 2018,” said Stephanie Taylor.
Understand the Other Side of the Coin
With a background in advertising and marketing, Ingleton-Smith learned both sides of the influencer world. It became clear to her that it was time to dive into the space when she recognized in her corporate job how well brands responded to the ideas she brought to the table and their willingness to spend a lot of money to work with influencers. “Working on both sides; being in the role where I was paying the influencers, and getting the money from the advertisers, I knew out-the-gate how much I should be charging, what I could command, how to negotiate,” Ingleton-Smith confirms. Leveraging this information helped drive growth in her career as a content creator and afforded her the financial freedom to quit her 9-5.
Some members of The Glow Up, September 2018, NY fashion week Photo Credit: Cory Simmons
You Can Leave a Deal on the Table
“This isn’t just a hobby where we’re making a couple thousand dollars here and a couple thousand dollars there,” Ingleton-Smith states. She uses her learnings to educate Glow Up members to ask for more. Denisse Benitez who recently locked down partnerships for renovations to her home, gained the confidence to reach out to brands and negotiate collaborations. “Recently I was approached by a brand who wanted an extensive amount of content for a very low price of $100 per post. Although it’s a brand that I like, I know the amount of work and time that goes into creating content. Because of what I’ve learned through the Glow Up and business in general, I was able to politely decline after the brand refused to negotiate. Sometimes you have to take the loss,” states Benitez.
Understand the Psychological Effects of Influence
Making social media a consistent and reliable part of your income is a taxing and isolating process. It takes a psychological toll that not many others outside of the influencer network can understand. “I’m lucky that a couple of my close friends are influencers, but a lot of the other ones aren’t,” said Cascilla, “Some people still look at social media as superficial. We can talk about stuff in the group that nobody else would understand in the real world.”
“The point of The Glow Up has never been to exclude other women. It’s about teaching each other how to create a seat at the table, and sometimes these conversations need to be had in the absence of others, so we can get real with each other and get down to our unfiltered truths,” Coco Bassey shares.
Young climate activists around the world: why I’m striking today | Brianna Fruean and others | Opinion
As young people walk out of classrooms and gather for a global climate strike, campaigners share their reasons for action. Lovina, 15, and Delema Janvier, 17, Alberta, Canada: As indigenous youths we have a close connection to the Earth We strike for the Earth, to protect and save it from what the human race has done. As indigenous youths we have a close connection to the Earth. We know that without it we have nothing, we are nothing. Our community is directly affected by the Cold Lake oil sands , which is a large deposit of tar sands. Some of the tar sands can be extracted through drilling, which is incredibly dangerous to land, animals and people, and affects the water and air quality in negative ways. We must think of the future generations: what we do today, tomorrow and the next day will impact the next seven generations. We must change our ways from burning natural resources, from releasing so much carbon, from poisoning what we need to live. We cannot survive by drinking oil.
Kaisanan Ahuan, Puli City, Taiwan: Our traditional culture is deeply rooted in harmony with the spirit of nature
Photograph: Kaisanan Ahuan
I am from the Central Taiwan Plains Indigenous People. As the indigenous people of Taiwan, we have a particular vulnerability to climate change. Our traditional culture is deeply rooted in the harmony we have with the spirit of nature. We face heartbreaking loss due to increasingly extreme weather events. We urge the Taiwanese government to implement mitigation measures and face up to the vulnerability of indigenous people, halt construction projects in the indigenous traditional realm, and recognise the legal status of Plains Indigenous People, in order to implement environmental protection as a bottom-up approach.
Brianna Fruean, 20, Samoa: In the south Pacific, we’re already having cyclones, floods and droughts
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I started my activism quite young – at 11. That was when I first heard about this thing called climate change. As a young girl in Samoa, a small island in the south Pacific, hearing the implications it had for my island scared me and jumpstarted my passion to do something about it.
I feel like the young people of the Pacific are now experiencing what young people around the world will experience tomorrow. Right now, along with a lot of other vulnerable communities around the world, we’re having cyclones, floods and droughts. And it’s going to be that – and worse – for future generations.
It’s great to see young people being passionate and not backing down to older people saying: “You should be in school.” Real education sometimes happens outside the classroom. I think the school climate strikes have proved that. I learned about hope and solidarity outside the classroom. All my friends know about Greta Thunberg , who has stayed strong and hasn’t backed down. I really think that she is going to do great things for this generation. It’s that solidarity that keeps you optimistic. And feeling that you have a team, that you’re not alone, that we’re all in this together. It’s not just one person yelling from outside the UN building or our parliament. And where there are mass numbers, there’s power. Our slogan is: “We’re not drowning. We’re fighting.”
Harshini Dhara, 15 , Hyderabad, India: There were no rains on our farm, so we couldn’t cultivate any crops
For as long as I can remember, I have heard climate change talked about at home. The phenomenon scares me and leaves my future uncertain. Many of our country’s rivers are snow-fed. Due to the melting of glaciers, the rivers of northern India will initially carry flood waters, but as their source of water continuously depletes, they will carry less water, and shortages may lead to conflict between people.
On a personal level, there were no rains on our farm last year so we couldn’t cultivate any crops. A few things can be done by children of my age to hopefully secure our future. We can encourage the planting of more trees and use public transport as far as possible to reduce our emissions. I feel that a subject so serious should be introduced to children at school, and teachers and children should openly talk about it – and the adverse effects of climate change should be shown to children by taking them on field trips.
Eyal Weintraub , 18, and Bruno Rodriguez , 18, Argentina: We organised a protest in front of the national congress in Buenos Aires
We saw a call to action circulating on social media, encouraging youth to stand up and fight against the indifference of governments and the criminal behaviour of contaminating corporations. What we needed to do was clear. We decided to organise a protest in front of our national congress in Buenos Aires.
The most extraordinary aspect of this movement is realising the unlimited potential of our generation. We have reached a point in history when we have the technical capacities to solve poverty, malnutrition, inequality and of course global warming. The deciding factors for whether we take advantage of our potential will be our activism, our international unity and our ability to develop the art of making the impossible possible. Whether we succeed or not depends on our political will.
Vidit Baya, 17, Udaipur, India: We want global leaders to declare a climate emergency
In the winter of 2018 I went to march on the streets of Melbourne with a group of amazing, diverse people of all ages to urge the Australian government to take action against climate change. When I came back to India, I started an organisation called No Borders and wrote an article regarding climate change here in India that was quite popular among my schoolmates and teachers. Then there was no stopping us.
Today, young people from all over India will strike for a sustainable future. We will tell our politicians that our lives are more important than the economy. You talk about jobs and better living conditions when you yourself are not ready to change for a sustainable future. We want global leaders to declare a climate emergency. If we don’t act today, then we will have no tomorrow. Adults have given us an ailing planet – and it is now up to us to understand that, and to turn the ailing planet into heaven again.
Zel Whiting, 13, Australia: I don’t blame all adults: the truth has been kept from them
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In October 2018, I helped organise a strike in my hometown. Initially my goal was to help bring attention to the plight of our living planet. But after the climate strike got public attention, politicians began attempting to discredit us, rather than addressing the reason for our protest. It then became clear to me that our leaders are too corrupted by the corporate world to address the most threatening issue to humanity. They are incapable of accepting that clever accounting is not a solution.
The school strike is merely the final alarm for people to wake up and have a good hard look at what has been happening. Sure, listen – but listen critically. Listen to the language our leaders are using to downplay what is happening and then go and read the science, and look at things. Take a good hard look.
I don’t blame all adults: the truth has been kept from them. But we now know what’s happening and the next logical step is for governments at every level to declare a state of climate emergency so that immediate action can be taken to prevent catastrophic outcomes.
Anastasia Martynenko, 20, Kiev, Ukraine: When our children ask ‘What have you done for our future?’ we will have an answer
My friends and I heard for the first time about Greta Thunberg and her climate strike in the autumn of 2018. Then we had the idea to hold a similar action in Ukraine: we invited other youth and students to join us in Kyiv and all together demand from our politicians a new future without climate change. We also got adult supporters. After two weeks, five other Ukrainian cities joined us in organising actions and will also be coming out to protest today.
I and like-minded people are happy to be the driving force of change among young people, because when our children ask us, “What have you done for our future?”, we will have an answer .
Arya Dhar Gupta, 13, Gurugram, India: I don’t want to wear a face mask for the rest of my life
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My country lives with the shame of having 14 of the 15 most polluted cities in the world. How can I not host the strike in Gurugram, labelled the city with the worst air quality in the world in a recent report? I am 13 years oldand I have seen things get really bad, really quickly over the past five years. My school forces us to wear face masks and regularly calls off our sports activities and playtime due to air pollution. My parents don’t allow me to play outside on most days, for my safety. While I am asthmatic,two years ago, I had a near-death experience from an asthma attack. I don’t want to live in a mask for the rest of my life. I don’t want to have a family or children in a place where I have to constantly worry about my health and the health of my loved ones. The writing is on the wall and the time to act is now.
Dona Van Eeden, 21, Cape Town, South Africa: Difficult choices have to be made
I think we all feel the pressure, the uncertainty and the complexities of the reality we live in. I understand that difficult choices have to be made without any certainty of the outcomes. But the time to hesitate, to experiment and to deny is long gone.
I want to be certain that our government is committed to investing in a just transition to a more sustainable country, that we will lower carbon emissions and curb climate change. I am joining this strike to demand that decisions are more future-focused and that policy will reflect our environmental rights as written in our constitution.
Isao Sakai, 17, Japan: When climate change becomes ‘our issue’, it may be too late
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Two years ago, I was just a high-school student in Tokyo, ignorant and uninterested in climate change. I knew that global warming showed up in the textbooks , but I had no idea that it would affect my life in any form.
It was eye-opening to discover how severe the current climate situation is when I took an environmental science class. I realised that the cycle of global warming accelerates between rising greenhouse gas emissions and rising global average temperatures. This very simple fact made me think that if someone does nothing about it, global warming would become unstoppable. Then I thought, if someone has to deal with it, why don’t I just do it myself?
In Tokyo, people still lack awareness about the urgency of climate change. I fear that when climate change becomes “our issue” for us city dwellers, it might be too late to address.
I want students in Japan to know that our future is under threat from climate change. Opening the eyes of people who are blind toreality is what I need to work on in Japan.
Veshalin Naidoo, 22, Cape Town, South Africa: We demand a South African version of the Green New Deal
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As a student I am no stranger to strikes, I have witnessed the changes they can bring about. There is a dire need for change in South Africa’s governance from an environmental standpoint. We as citizens need to demand that our politicians prioritise our country’s environmental wellbeing. We want our leaders to value reducing our massive carbon footprint over economic gains. We are calling for a moratorium on all new coal, oil and gas mining licenses. We want our leaders to develop and implement a plan of action that will see all fossil fuel harvesting and usage in South Africa to cease and renewable energy sources be implemented as our primary and eventually only energy supply. We demand this plan be part of a South African version of the Green New Deal. We want schools and other centres of education to implement a climate adaption education programme and be spaces of environmental concern and awareness as these spaces shape what values are instilled in our future leaders and society.
We cannot save our world, continent or country alone. Thus we stand with school strikers across the globe and inspire everyday people to care,
Hsiang-Wen Yueh, Taiwan: If a student with a disability can start a climate movement in Europe, so can we in Taiwan
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I am from the National Taichung Special Education school and I thought that if a student with a disability can start a climate movement in Europe, so can we in Taiwan. We are sitting outside the campus front door today to echo the global school climate strike movement. With the support of the teachers, we want to inspire others in Taiwan as we call for action from adults.
This can range over a wide spectrum of areas such as energy, food, biodiversity, plastics and more. TFrom just one person, we are seeing the number of participants rising all the time.
Mone Fousseny, 22, Mali: I have seen the balance of nature change here
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My awareness about climate change goes back a long way: my uncle was a farmer and taught me about the beauty and fragility of nature. Over time, as the torrential rains became more and more frequent, and led to floods, I saw the balance of nature change, and it is quite natural that I wanted to engage.
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The damage done by multinationals is enormous: the lack of transparency, dubious contracts, the weakening of the soil, the destruction of flora and fauna, the lack of respect for mining codes, the contamination of groundwater. In Mali, the state exercises insufficient control over the practices of the multinationals, and it is us, the citizens, who suffer the consequences.
I want to tell the people of planet Earth, regardless of race, colour or religion, that we are all concerned and responsible for global warming. The climate alarm has sounded, and the time has come for us all to realise that there is still time to act locally, in our homes, our villages, our cities.
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