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Youth Climate Activists Have Your Attention — Now They Want Action

5 Mins Read By: Colleen Hagerty A photo of a girl in a hoodie, skipping school to sit in front of a government building in Sweden with a no-frills sign: “Skolstrejk för Klimatet” or “School Strike for Climate”; a video of dozens of young people clustered together in U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, some being escorted out by police; countless images, […]

150 Public Figures Defend Extinction Rebellion Against ‘Organised Crime Group’ Classification

3 Mins Read More than 150 public figures, including actors Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance, have stood behind Extinction Rebellion against the U.K. government’s moves to classify the activist organisation as an “organised crime group”. In a letter, the government is criticised for attempting to scapegoat the protesters and is taking the spotlight away from the urgent need […]

IKEA Parent Ingka Ramps Up Investments To Become ‘Climate Positive’ By 2030

3 Mins Read Ingka Group, the owner of the largest share of IKEA stores, has announced an increase in sustainability investments by €600 million (US$712 million) over the next 12 months in order to reach climate positive status throughout its value chain by 2030. The plan involves spending on clean energy solutions, funding innovative startups and making its […]

Gen Z Climate Activists Garner Millions Of ‘Biodiversity’ Views On TikTok

3 Mins Read Millennials and Gen Zs are well known for their climate activism, from participating in high-profile Extinction Rebellion protests to leading global student strikes. Now, the younger generation are using the popular social media platform TikTok to raise awareness of the plight of our planet, with hashtags such as “biodiversity” garnering as many as 12.6 million […]

Greta Thunberg Goes Back To School After A Year Of Climate Activism

2 Mins Read Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who spearheaded the Fridays for Future global student climate strikes, has returned to school after her “gap year” of campaigning. Over the past year, the 17-year-old has been the face of the youth climate movement and travelled the world by boat to spread the message on the climate emergency.  […]

Ocean Rebellion Campaigners Launch Protest Against Luxury Cruise Liner

3 Mins Read Climate resistance group Ocean Rebellion, an ally of Extinction Rebellion, has launched a protest projecting messages onto the hull of a luxury cruise vessel in Falmouth, Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The protest aims to raise awareness and highlight the environmental devastation caused by the cruise industry.  Described as the “sea-faring sister” of climate action […]

20 Things To Know About Howey Ou, China’s Only Teenage Climate Striker

7 Mins Read Meet Howey Ou, the 17-year-old girl who is the only teenage climate striker in China (there are other activists, but Ou is the only public striker). Every Friday, Howey takes to the streets to publicly demand the Chinese government to take climate action and lower emissions in order to avert a climate catastrophe. Since she […]

Denmark Passes Green Law That Could Make Climate Inaction Illegal

3 Mins Read Danish lawmakers have passed a landmark climate agreement that ensures the country will cut its carbon emissions by 70% from 1990 levels over the next decade. The deal was supported across party lines in a move the Danish Climate Ministry described as proof that “climate action and economic reconstruction go hand in hand” as the […]

From Ghana To Colombia: The Youth Climate Movement Across The Global South

7 Mins Read By: Inés M. Pousadela In early 2020, as millions went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the environment experienced temporary relief from the impacts of human activity. As skies cleared and birds and animals claimed city spaces, it became apparent that the young people who had mobilized for the climate across the world […]

Greta Thunberg: EU Covid-19 Recovery Fund Ignores Climate Emergency

3 Mins Read Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has slammed EU politicians for failing to acknowledge the severity of the climate crisis. After the EU sealed a historic €750 billion (US$870 billion) coronavirus recovery deal, Thunberg criticised leaders for not putting sustainability and climate policies at the heart of the package.  In the early hours of Tuesday […]

Microsoft, Unilever, Nike Join Hands To Establish Net Zero Carbon Economy Group

3 Mins Read Microsoft, Unilever, Nike and six other multinational giants have teamed up to establish a new initiative aimed at helping businesses reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Called “Transform to Net Zero”, the group will help develop and provide practical and science-based guidance and roadmaps for companies as a part of its overall ambition to railroad […]

Donald Trump Wants A Fight On The Green New Deal. So Do We.

5 Mins Read By: Varshini Prakash and John Podesta It’s not just the right thing to do. Climate action is a winning issue for Democrats—and a point of vulnerability for Trump. At the 2019 Republican Retreat, Donald Trump promised his allies that he would make this election about climate change: “I want to bring them way down the pike,” he said, […]

Apple Pledges 100% Net Zero Carbon Supply Chain & Products By 2030

3 Mins Read Tech giant Apple has just pledged that its entire supply chain and products will be carbon neutral by 2030. Apple’s announcement comes as a wave of multinational corporations have renewed their sustainability commitments in recent weeks, indicating widespread demand from consumers for real climate action from businesses.  Apple announced today that it has pledged to […]

BlackRock Punishes 53 Companies Over Carbon Emissions, 191 On Watchlist

2 Mins Read BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has just revealed that it has punished 53 companies in its portfolio over climate inaction. The move is a part of the firm’s ramping up of its climate engagement with businesses after it joined the Climate Action 100+ pact earlier this year. Among the companies that BlackRock has taken […]

U.S. House Democrats Unveil Sweeping Climate Plan To Reach Zero-Emissions By 2050

4 Mins Read House Democrats in the United States have released a new comprehensive report with an aggressive climate emergency “action plan” to eliminate the country’s emissions by 2050. The 500-page plan spells out specific steps that the federal government under full Democratic control will take across all sections of the economy, with key investments proposed for infrastructure, […]

Young Activists Start 8-Week Digital Campaign To Fight Climate Injustices Against Indigenous Communities

3 Mins Read Fridays For Future Digital, the online student climate strike movement spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic, are launching a new 8-week-long digital campaign to raise awareness about how the climate emergency disproportionately impacts indigenous communities and environmental defenders. The campaign will be hosted alongside fellow environmental activist groups Polluters Out and Extinction Rebellion, with each […]