Friday, June 5, 2020

DU Students March In Solidarity For Climate Justice

The Climate is changing, why aren’t we? – Anonymous

With the growing demand for declaring climate change as a National Emergency in countries all over the world, 27th September marked the presence of people from all walks of life on the streets of Delhi. As a part of the Global Climate Strike; students, activists and adults yet again turned up in large numbers for a peaceful march which started from Jantar Mantar to Connaught Place.

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Fridays For Future, Extinction Rebellion, Nine is Mine,Tears of Earth are some of the organizations who have been working relentlessly towards sensitizing the masses about climate change. The protesters marched in solidarity and showed unwavering support for climate justice. They condemned the government’s indifference and inaction towards an issue as grave as this one and targeted them for not putting effective environmental laws in place.

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Children from various schools in Delhi-NCR zealously joined the march, their small hands gripping onto their placards tightly, their strong voices booming with the crowd’s, telling us “There is no Planet B” Likewise, students from Delhi University too skipped their classes and shouted several thought- provoking slogans. “I am skipping lessons to teach one” is what one of the protesters said when asked about the reason why she had decided to join the march. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this sentiment was mutually shared by everyone present. Not only did the protesters manage to grab the attention of the onlookers but also encouraged them to join the movement.

People were seen giving speeches and reciting poems on climate change. The two hours long protest saw its end with a ‘die-in’ to show people what climate change will ultimately result in. Apart from ingraining in people the Do’s and Don’t to save the planet, the space actually urged people to act more responsibly for a better, safer and a sustainable future.

The day and its events could rightfully be summarized in the following lines of Barack Obama – “Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought. It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present.”

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