‘We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!’: Young Climate Activists Storm COP 25 Stage

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Above Photo: Young activists shout slogans on stage after Greta Thunberg (not in the picture) took part in the plenary session during the COP25 Climate Conference on December 11, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. The COP25 conference brings together world leaders, climate activists, NGOs, indigenous people and others for two weeks in an effort to focus global policy makers on concrete steps for heading off a further rise in global temperatures. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Protesters with Fridays for Future demand world leaders at the global climate summit urgent address the planetary emergency.

Young activists took over and occupied the main stage at the COP 25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain Wednesday and demanded world leaders commit to far more ambitious action to address the ecological emergency.

“Nobody has ever done an action like this before,” said youth climate striker Dylan Hamilton of Scotland, “the times are changing.”

Video posted by Brussels-based climate activist Damien Thomson shows protesters with Fridays for Future walking onto the stage and siting down. The group’s chants included, “What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now!”

They also shouted, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible!”

“World leaders have left us no choice,” said 14-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor of New York about the sit-in.

U.N. security threatened to “de-badge” the activists unless they left the stage.

The action took place after a plenary that included speeches from teen activist and newly-minted Time Person of the Year Greta Thunberg of Sweden and youth climate activist Hilda Flavia Nakabuye of Uganda.

“I am the voice of dying children, misplaced women, and people suffering at the hands of the climate crisis created by rich countries,” Nakabuye told the audience.

Reacting to the sit-in, author and climate act Bill McKibben said on Twitter, “Time for negotiators to face the people whose lives they are negotiating away.”

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    COP15! Ten years ago someone not white, not young, not female said this:

    “The second issue is the issue of reductions of emissions. There must be radical reductions of emissions starting from now. In our view, by 2017 we should cut, developed countries must cut by 52%, 65% by 2020, 80% by 2030, well above 100 [percent] by 2050. And this is very important because the more you defer action the more you condemn millions of people to immeasurable suffering. So the idea that you start from 4% today and you achieve 80 or 50 in 2050 simply means that you do not care about the lives of those who will be devastated in this period, until you pick up the pace.”

    Ten years after those statements CHANGE did happened! We are increasing emissions… Even at the local level!

    Just look at the Green Climate Change Fighters role models at California…

    “California is on track to miss its climate targets—by a century

    Shining reputation: California has established itself as a model on climate issues, with the nation’s first economy-wide cap-and-trade program, fuel efficiency standards, and pollution rules. But it also offers a case study in just how hard it is to make progress on the only thing that really matters: reducing emissions.

    Progress: The state’s climate pollution declined by just 1.15% in 2017, according to the latest California Green Innovation Index. At that rate, California won’t reach its 2050 decarbonization targets (cutting emissions to 80% below 1990 levels) until 2157.

    What happened? Emissions from transport, waste, refrigeration and air conditioning are rising sharply. These have offset the declines from the electricity sector. (I say: THEY JUST DON’T GIVE A F U C K)

    Even worse: It’s likely to get harder, not easier, for California to achieve ever deeper cuts in emissions, thanks to slowing progress for renewables, wildfires, and difficult-to-clean-up sectors like transportation and agriculture.” source: MIT Technology Review”