Global school strikes and Dalai Lama quote
The following quote is a big part of how I try to live my life:
“We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most.
During that period we must try to do something good,
something useful, with our lives.
If you contribute to other people’s happiness,
you will find the true meaning of life.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
This overarching philosophy is a major reason why I made it my mission to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible” 6 years ago. I figured fighting climate change was the best thing I could possibly do to help the most people and all of life.
The more I learn, the more I believe that to be true.
The global school strikes for climate that I’ve been talking about are happening today! I’m fairly confident this day will go down in the history books (I assume we’ll have them).
Here’s a solid article by Bill McKibben and youth leader Haven Coleman if you need a recap/explanation for the school strikes. And here are some incredibly wise words for youth getting involved in the climate movement – we’d all benefit from reading it though.
- 120+ countries.
- 2,000+ events.
- Students from tens of thousands of schools.
- Hundreds of thousands (possibly over a million?) people striking.
Everyone, together, is standing up today to demand immediate action on the climate emergency.
I hope we keep the momentum up.
I hope this gets the attention it deserves in the media.
I hope you talk about this with your friends and coworkers.
I hope the impact of these strikes continues to snowball.
I hope you will consider joining next time if you couldn’t make this one. Remember, protesting is sneaky really effective.
(Please send me a pic if you do attend a strike and let me know if you’re going to the Boston one – maybe we can find each other!)
And I also hope you have an amazing weekend. We have around 1 million people to appreciate and reasons to be hopeful today 🙂