Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 05:54

The second wave of worldwide climate protests – in pictures

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking part in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the emergency Fresh wave of climate strikes Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 10:14

‘You broke our glacier’: the Mont Blanc resort on the climate frontline

Reports that a mass of ice is in danger of breaking away have spurred residents of nearby Courmayeur to demand action Like millions of their compatriots around the globe , the children of Courmayeur marched last Friday to protest against the climate crisis. The group of 160 or so pupils, some as young as six, turned out with banners and slogans, repeatedly shouting: “Ban plastic, save our planet.” But their most prominent placard message showed that for the youngsters of this small Italian resort town at the foot of Mont Blanc, the threat of climate change is particularly close to home. “You broke our glacier”, it read. The activists were referring to Planpincieux, a glacier on the nearby Grandes Jorasses peak that is changing so rapidly that experts warned last week that a huge port...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 13:24

Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests

Week of strikes and demonstrations is ‘only the beginning’, say organisers Six million people have taken to the streets over the past week, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency. A fresh wave of climate strikes swept around the globe on Friday with an estimated 2 million people walking out of schools and workplaces. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 04:37

'There are a million things governments can do': readers' global climate strike photos

With more strikes planned this Friday, we look at readers’ suggestions on how those in power can tackle the climate crisis Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 03:21

Fresh wave of climate strikes take place around the world

Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking place in the latest wave of climate strikes to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency. Last week, millions walked out of schools and workplaces, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations in the biggest climate protests in history before a special UN conference in New York. New Zealand leading the way into Friday nr 2 in #WeekForFuture Early reports speak of 170’000 people on #ClimateStrike in NZ. Or 3,5% of the population... Good luck everyone striking around the world. Change is coming!! #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/u5JIWkNDen Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 26 Sep 07:00

Royal Shakespeare Company threatened with boycott over BP sponsor

School climate strike activists call on theatre group to sever ties with oil firm School climate protesters who took to the streets in huge numbers across the UK last week are threatening to boycott the Royal Shakespeare Company over its sponsorship deal with BP. In a letter being sent to the RSC on Thursday, a group representing young people in towns and cities across the UK, says it will launch a boycott campaign unless the theatre company severs its ties with big oil. Related: Global climate strike: millions protest worldwide – in pictures Related: BP boss says protests against its arts funding 'just feel odd' Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 25 Sep 10:00

Generation Greta: the 27 September edition of Guardian Weekly

How long can politicians continue to ignore young climate protesters? Subscribe to the Guardian’s international news magazine here Last Friday, in the biggest climate protest in history, millions of people took to the streets across the world to demand urgent action against global heating. The demonstrations, which came as the UN met in New York this week, were again dominated by young people following the movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago. From the Pacific islands, through Australia, across south-east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas, a darkening mood was evident at politicians’ failure to adequately address the climate crisis. Global environment editor Jonathan Watts looks at the global climate issues trou...

Climate change | The Guardian | 21 Sep 03:10

The best climate strike signs from around the globe - in pictures

Millions of people across the globe took part in protests on Friday demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. The strike kicks off a week of environmental activism before the UN Climate Action Summit Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 21 Sep 01:01

Across the globe, millions join biggest climate protest ever

Young and old alike took to the streets in an estimated 185 countries to demand action Millions of people demonstrated across the world yesterday demanding urgent action to tackle global heating, as they united across timezones and cultures to take part in the biggest climate protest in history. In an explosion of the youth movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago, people protested from the Pacific islands, through Australia, across-south east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas. Related: Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates Incredible pictures as Australia’s gathering for the #climatestrike This is the huge crowd building up in Sydney. Australia...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 19:00

How the #ClimateStrike travelled around the world - video

From Sydney to New Delhi, Nairobi to New York, millions of people around the world walked out of school and work on Friday to join the latest protests against the climate crisis. The global day of action, calling for a reduction in emissions, was held in the run-up to a UN summit in New York Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates Global climate strike: how you can get involved Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 18:41

Greta Thunberg: face of the global climate strikes - in pictures

The huge influence of the Swedish schoolgirl who first began the Friday’s for Future strikes in 2018 is evident across this week’s global protests Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 09:40

Global climate strike: millions protest worldwide – in pictures

People around the world have been walking out of school and work to join the latest protests against the climate crisis. The global day of action, calling for a reduction in emissions, is being held in the run-up to a UN summit in New York Global climate strike – live updates Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 15:06

Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates

Millions of people from Sydney to Manila, Dhaka to London and New York will march for urgent action on climate breakdown Why the Guardian is changing its environment language How you can get involved | Are you taking part in today’s protests? Please support the Guardian’s independent journalism 2.06pm BST This shows the scale of the march in Edinburgh: The Edinburgh climate march is loooooooooong! I didn’t get anywhere near the end. #schoolstrike4climate pic.twitter.com/kIatZ2Pm6V 2.02pm BST Ian Mantgani, 36, is striking in London today. He says: We have to put pressure on our employers, MPs and friends. We need a new power grid and electric cars on the road or we’re toast. Keep pressuring those in power for concrete change and keep pressuring them ...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 11:47

Hundreds of thousands attend school climate strike rallies across Australia

Organisers of the school strike for climate estimate 300,000 people turned out in more than 100 cities and towns Hundreds of thousands of Australians took to the streets on Friday as they called for greater action on the climate emergency in more than 100 cities and towns across the country. Organisers of the school strike for climate claimed about 300,000 people attended dozens of rallies, including an estimated 100,000 in Melbourne and 80,000 in Sydney. The unprecedented climate crisis protests were likely the largest public demonstrations in Australia since the marches against the Iraq War in 2003. Related: Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school students lead climate crisis protest – live updates Pacific climate warriors: “I have a right to set foot on my islands....

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 09:21

Australians stand up for climate change action – in pictures

Children take time off school and workers down tools to take part in the global climate strike Global climate strike: Greta Thunberg and school children lead climate crisis protest – live updates Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 20 Sep 08:00

US to stage its largest climate strike in history: 'Somebody must sound the alarm'

Actions planned in more than 1,000 locations Unions and some companies support school students’ action Why are people striking? The climate crisis explained in 10 charts The US is set to stage its largest ever day of protest over the climate crisis, with tens of thousands of students joined by adults in abandoning schools and workplaces for a wave of strikes across the country. Climate strikes will take place in more than 1,000 locations in the US on Friday, with major rallies in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. Globally, more than 4,500 strikes are planned across 150 countries. Related: 'We won't stop striking': the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change Related: Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘You’re not trying hard...

Climate change | The Guardian | 26 Sep 00:07

Scott Morrison says Australia's record on climate change misrepresented by media

PM trumpets his country’s achievements in address to UN general assembly Scott Morrison signalled that Australia is unlikely to update its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris agreement before a speech to the UN in which he declared that the media was misrepresenting the country’s climate change record. During a press conference before his UN speech at a recycling facility in Brooklyn, the prime minister said he wouldn’t characterise “misrepresentations” about Australia’s climate stance as fake news. Related: Greta Thunberg's 495-word UN speech points us to a future of hope – or despair Related: Morrison responds to Greta Thunberg by warning children against 'needless' climate anxiety Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 26 Sep 11:28

Fact check: Scott Morrison's UN speech about Australia's environmental achievements – video

The Guardian's braintrust breaks down the claims about Australia's environmental achievements  made by prime minister Scott Morrison during his UN General Assembly speech Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 26 Sep 02:53

Scott Morrison spurns criticism of Australia's record on climate change during UN speech – video

‘Australia is doing our bit on climate change and we reject any suggestion to the contrary,’ the prime minister tells the United Nations general assembly in New York. Scott Morrison also says: ‘Australia’s internal and global critics on climate change willingly overlook or perhaps ignore our achievements as the facts simply don’t fit the narrative they wish to project about our contribution’ • Scott Morrison says Australia’s record on climate change misrepresented by media Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 24 Sep 03:41

Scott Morrison ducks questions on Australia's emissions strategy for 2050

UN climate summit focus is on net zero by 2050 but Australian PM says challenge ‘not just about climate change’ Scott Morrison has ducked questions about when his government will develop an emissions reduction strategy for 2050, despite signing on at the Pacific Islands Forum to a communique pledging to develop one next year. The Australian prime minister is also copping flak at home for his decision to signal in a speech in Chicago that China needed to be treated like a developed economy both in global trade and climate change negotiations – meaning Beijing would need to make a significant commitment towards emissions reduction. Related: Australian PM says China must step up on climate change as 'newly developed' nation Related: Scott Morrison praises Donald Trump's pol...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 14:00

Labor learned ‘all the wrong lessons’ from election defeat, Richard Di Natale says

Greens leader says ALP will lose again if it retreats from climate action, and coal workers deserve ‘honest conversation’ about transition from fossil fuels Greens leader Richard Di Natale says Labor has learned “all the wrong lessons” from its election defeat, warning that a retreat from action on climate change will see it lose the next election. Ahead of a new parliamentary inquiry into future employment for regional areas that begins hearings on Tuesday, Di Natale said neither major party had been prepared to have an “honest conversation” with workers in the coal industry who would be affected by the transition away from fossil fuels. Related: The imperative for progressives? Bold action on inequality, democracy and climate | Osmond Chiu Related: Labor shouldn't be te...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 14:00

Australian petition backing declaration of climate emergency hits record – but will it work?

The tampon tax was axed after parliament received a petition with 104,185 signatures. The climate e-petition has hit 160,000 names, but those hoping for imminent action shouldn’t hold their breath What do tampons and climate change have in common? It’s not just their environmental toll (seriously: take a look at what’s in some disposable menstruation products and then tell me the Diva Cup seems weird) – both issues attracted the largest number of signatures to an Australian parliament e-petition. Related: Australia’s leaders are sitting on the sidelines. It’s up to the people to take a stand | Marc Stears For the curious: the official record for the largest ever petition presented to the House is 1,210,471 signatures on a paper petition on pharmacy funding, presented to the ...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 12:52

‘Time is running out’: Extinction Rebellion activists on why they risked arrest

We talk to some of the hundreds of XR protesters charged with public order offences Hundreds of people who were arrested for their part in the peaceful Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in April are being taken to court charged with public order offences under section 14. Here we talk to some of them and hear why the scale of the climate crisis means they were prepared to risk arrest. Related: Scores of Extinction Rebellion protesters face London courts A section 14 notice allows the police to impose conditions on a static protest – in other words, one where a group of people gather in one place and stay put – rather than marching somewhere.  Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 12:51

Cuban hitchhiking scheme is worth picking up | Letter

Mary Brown recalls an old Cuban practice, which she hopes could catch on elsewhere I was delighted to read Daniel Boffey’s article on hitchhiking ( Hitchhiking revival given the thumbs up to cut emissions , 28 September). I do hope this may catch on in the UK. I have been thinking for some time that we need a campaign to bring back hitchhiking. Many years ago (before the death of Castro) I had a holiday in Cuba. There was a severe fuel shortage, due to the US blockade. There, we were told, it was an offence not to pick up hitchhikers. Travellers could buy a token which they gave to the driver who redeemed it to help to pay for the petrol. Could such a system, or the Brussels one, catch on here? We could make a start if we all began hitchhiking, and revealed why. Perhaps we could carry ...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 10:05

Stella McCartney's climate credentials bang on trend in Paris

Fashion industry cottoning on to sustainability agenda as designer shows collection Stella McCartney would be on trend this season whatever she put on her catwalk. Two decades after the designer launched her brand, the climate crisis is forcing the fashion industry to accept the principles of sustainability and respect for the environment that are central to her beliefs, and McCartney finds herself promoted from fashion’s fringes to a leadership role. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 07:43

Greta Thunberg’s enemies are right to be scared of her message. Her new political allies should be too | Stephen Buranyi

Liberal leaders line up to praise her, yet their inaction on the climate crisis shows they are not really listening to her message Greta Thunberg has made a lot of enemies. They are easy to recognise because their rage is so great they cannot help making themselves look ridiculous. Thunberg’s arrival in the US earlier this month set off rightwing pundits and then the president himself . The conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza compared her look to a Nazi propaganda poster ; a Fox News guest called her a “mentally ill Swedish child” being exploited by her parents; and Trump mocked her on Twitter as a “happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future”, after a speech in which she urgently laid out the dismal prospects for her generation’s future. Related: TH...

Climate change | The Guardian | 30 Sep 09:13

Australia’s leaders are sitting on the sidelines. It’s up to the people to take a stand | Marc Stears

Citizen-led movements around the world are voicing their frustration over political impotence. It’s time it happened here too Australian politics has never felt as far out of step with the rest of the democratic world. While other major democracies openly confront existential crises, politicians in Australia carry on apparently without a care in the world. Nothing symbolised this gulf more clearly than Scott Morrison in New York last week. As international leaders gathered to debate the acute threat of climate change – and to be eloquently berated by Greta Thunberg – the prime minister decided to give the UN’s climate summit a miss and went to inspect a newly automated McDonald’s instead. Related: Australian government seen globally as climate 'denialist', UN summit observers say...

Climate change | The Guardian | 29 Sep 06:59

Softly-softly won’t save the planet | Letters

Minor lifestyle changes are all well and good, but combating climate catastrophe requires a sea change in our approach Everyone making minor lifestyle changes over the last 30-40 years might have helped but I suspect matters are now rather late (“ Tiny changes in our lives might seem trivial. But they are how we save the planet ”, Comment). Even if human activities became greenhouse-gas neutral overnight, gas escapes from once-frozen deposits would continue to boost levels, while fires and dying vegetation worsen matters further. Geo-engineering is risky but may soon become necessary. Some years ago, environmentalists reckoned three to four fully utilised planets would be needed for everyone to have western lifestyles and the jobs to afford them. Add in rising human numbers plus the po...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 20:32

Rising voices: young people fight for climate action – video

On 20 September, filmmakers Cybele Malinowski, Charlie Ford and Amy Low created a makeshift set at the global climate strike event held in Sydney, Australia. They interviewed 18 passionate young people from different backgrounds about why the event matters. The result is an intimate, raw and formidable series capturing the thoughts, fears and hopes of Australia’s next generation Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 16:00

'It's heartbreaking': a coastal community watches its beach wash away

Manmade sea walls and the effects of climate change eating away at Stockton beach, and locals are rallying to save it Noel Burns started work on Stockton beach as a council lifeguard in 1971 and spent 37 years with his eyes fixed on the surf and the sand. “Mate, I’m broken-hearted,” says the 70-year-old. “It’s terrible what it looks like now. They have been studying this [erosion] for 20 years but nothing is getting done. Everyone is getting angry now.” Related: Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion | Wendy Harmer It’s like bashing your head against a sea wall Related: Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’ Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 16:00

Sustainability expert Michael Mobbs: I’m leaving the city to prep for the apocalypse

The man who wrote the book on living off-grid in the city plans to retreat to a rural bolthole, saying eco-friendly progress has not kept pace with the speed of climate collapse Michael Mobbs, you might say, has been preparing for this moment his entire life. The 69-year-old former environmental lawyer who, in 1996, converted his two-storey 19th century Sydney terrace into one of the world’s first inner-city self-sufficient homes, is selling his famous passion project and moving to a remote coastal location to prepare for what he predicts will be impending societal collapse induced by climate change. Related: We are talking about 'drought-proofing' again – they are simplistic solutions that will destroy Australia | John Williams People seem to believe that if they have super...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 03:00

Jonathan Safran Foer: why we must cut out meat and dairy before dinner to save the planet

Animal products create more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, but we don’t want to confront this inconvenient truth: our eating habits are a problem Our planet is facing a crisis. But even when we know that a war for our survival is raging, we don’t feel that it is our war. Although many of climate change’s accompanying calamities – extreme weather events, floods and wildfires, displacement and resource scarcity chief among them – are vivid, personal and suggestive of a worsening situation, they don’t feel that way in aggregate. The distance between awareness and feeling can make it very difficult for even thoughtful and politically engaged people – people who want to act – to act. So-called climate change deniers reject the conclusion that 97% of clima...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 03:00

Tories focus on animal welfare over climate crisis in green agenda

Campaigners criticise party for absence of announcements on air pollution and plastics crisis Live exports of farm animals will be ended, people will be stopped from keeping primates as pets and cats will be microchipped under proposals to be set out at the Conservative party conference by the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers. Animal welfare will form the centrepiece of her appeal to party members, intended to show off the Tories’ green credentials at a time when environmental concern is high on the list of voters’ concerns, with the backing of 10 Downing Street. Related: The second wave of worldwide climate protests – in pictures Related: Political highlight of the week? Actually, it was Labour's carbon game-changer | Ellie Mae O’Hagan Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 02:01

Lily Cole calls on UK banks to take climate crisis more seriously

Actor/model latest high-profile name to emerge as a customer of ethical bank Triodos Lily Cole has backed calls for UK banks to “radically transform” and take the climate emergency much more seriously. The actor, model and activist is the latest high-profile name to emerge as a customer of the ethical bank Triodos, which has a current account which can be managed online and via a mobile app. Other famous customers include the actors James Norton and Sir Mark Rylance . Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 28 Sep 01:01

UK ‘needs billions a year’ to meet 2050 climate targets

Report estimates up to £20bn a year in investment needed to build net-zero carbon economy The UK will need investment worth billions of pounds every year to remove enough greenhouse gases from the air to meet its 2050 climate targets, according to a report commissioned by the government. The report, by analysts at Vivid Economics, estimated that the UK would need as much as £20bn a year to remove up to 130m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air. Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 19:38

Greta Thunberg: the speeches that helped spark a climate movement – video

In August 2018,  Greta Thunberg , then 15, skipped school to protest alone outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm for urgent climate action. In just 13 months, she has become the figurehead of a global movement that has pushed the crisis to the top of the news agenda and inspired millions to take to the streets. These are five of the key speeches that helped spark the #climatestrike movement Greta Thunberg: teenager on a global mission to ‘make a difference’ Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 17:39

'We've become too loud for people to handle': Greta Thunberg to Montreal climate strikers – video

Greta Thunberg hit back at critics including Donald Trump on Friday before she marched in a climate strike in Montreal, saying their mockery of children shows her message has become ‘too loud to handle’. The 16-year-old climate activist said: ‘We are having so much impact that people want to silence us. We’ve become too loud for people to handle so they try to silence us. So we should also take that as a compliment.’ Thunberg invited aboriginal Canadians to lead the march with her because ‘they are often the ones who are at the front line’ of global warming Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests Continue reading...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 17:31

Greta Thunberg meets Justin Trudeau amid climate strikes: 'He is not doing enough'

Teen has private meeting with Canadian prime minister, who later says he ‘agrees with her completely’ Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests The teen activist Greta Thunberg has urged Justin Trudeau and other world leaders to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of “climate strikes.” The 16-year-old Swede met privately with the Canadian prime minister but later told a news conference with local indigenous leaders that he was “not doing enough” to curb greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Related: Greta Thunberg turns tables on Trump and quotes his mockery in new Twitter bio Related: Trudeau's environmental record on the line in Canada election year Contin...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 16:00

I'm a climate warrior. Here's why I paddled and dragged my kayak through three continents | Steve Posselt

My journey reminds me of the fight for our climate – a hard slog with mental challenges that will be won by ordinary people Tough Is Not Enough seemed an apt title. When I was very young, playing cricket with a tennis ball seemed more sensible to me than the hard one that hurt. But something happened when I started playing rugby league at school: something deep inside me rebelled at any weakness in my character. That was the start of wanting to prove to myself that I was tough, but nothing was ever good enough until I was 54 years old. Related: I now look back on my 20 years of climate activism as a colossal failure | Tim Flannery The trip is now very clear to me. It is the same as the fight for climate change resolution, a tough hard slog with huge mental challenges. It will b...

Climate change | The Guardian | 27 Sep 14:00

When Donald met Scott: a reporter's view of Trump and his White House wonderland

Australian PM Scott Morrison received a full-blown welcome from the US president. Katharine Murphy was on hand for an inside account Support our independent journalism with a one-off or recurring contribution Scott Morrison has made his first visit to the United States as prime minister. It was a trip that included a close encounter with the unpredictability of the Trump White House, a foreign policy pivot, and a backlash about a lack of climate policy action. Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy, travelled, with the prime minister . Here is what she witnessed: Paul Murray gets his exclusive with ⁦ @realDonaldTrump ⁩ but talk about not asking the hard questions. pic.twitter.com/5QnxMW5cHh Related: Scott Morrison praises Donald Trump's political pri...