Guwahati: Students Join Worldwide Protest To Demand Action On Climate Change
GUWAHATI: Students from various city-based colleges participated in a global exercise on Friday, September 20 called "Fridays For Future" which is a global movement initiated by 16 year old girl, Greta Thunberg to protest against the world governments’ failure to take sufficient action against global warming.
It is to be mentioned that four million protesters across the world joined rallies ahead of a UN summit on climate change in New York led by Swedish teenage climate activistm Thunberg, who was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Students in Guwahati took part in the programme and showed up with handwritten placards such as 'Stop Denying the earth is dying', 'march today or swim tomorrow' etc.
The strike in Guwahati was organized by a team of six persons and more than 300 people took part in the event.
The strike started with a small introduction and then the rally began from Dighalipukhuri Park Entrance to Cotton College and then back to the park entrance.
The team pledged to conduct a plastic-free, eco friendly strike and they were successful in doing that.
After the rally, the demands of the strike were announced with due details which include climate justice, to declare climate emergency, strict implementation of Waste Segregation Rules 2016, ban single use plastics, extended producer’s responsibility, stop deforestation in the name of development; end subsidies to fossil fuel companies and reduce dependency on coal for power generation.
Three artists- AUGHAD, Lain Heringman and Arghadeep Baruah- expressed their views and emotions through street jamming. A human chain was also formed by the strikers as they sang the famous song, “Manuh'a Manuh'or Babe” by Bhupen Hazarika.
In Assam, the State wing of the All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) said that students from all over the state took part in the programme in an overwhelming manner.
The AIPSN State wing will also form a human chain in front of Guwahati Press Club on September 23 in support of the demand for action against global warming.
Scientists from three countries, Britain, Finland and Germany, have backed these protests and thousands have signed petitions in support of these students.