We support students in the climate strike

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Editor of the Fargo Forum:

We, the undersigned residents of the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, offer our full support to all students going on school climate strike on 11 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Fargo City Hall.

We implore local teachers and administrators in area schools not to stand in the way of students wishing to protest on this most important of issues.

Students have every right to be angry about the threat to the planet’s future and we are inspired by students’ courage in standing in solidarity with other school pupils taking action all around the world.

Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old girl, started striking in September, 2018 and has since then gained followers globally, protesting about the lack of awareness, action or concern   We believe this action will put pressure on our authorities, government and media to inform people about the true scale of ecological disaster and put pressure on them to cooperate globally, as children are doing in their strikes, to act with due speed and ambition to create more resilient communities and a better future for the youth of today.

The UN IPCC report from October 2018, gave governments of the world just 12 years to go before we’re on course for dangerous levels of climate change. In that time, we need to reduce current emissions by 50% as well as remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to avert the worst effects of climate change.

According to a World Wildlife fund report, which came just a few weeks after the UN climate report, we’ve lost 60% of populations of animals with backbones since 1970. We’ve lost 83% of numbers of fresh-water animals.

Today’s children face an unsafe future, with extreme weather causing crop failures and food shortages. They have a right to demand that adults do better by them. We hope that standing up for their future will be a learning and empowering experience which our schools and community support.