Stories of hope: Fighting for Brazil’s climate
Environmental engineer Charton Jahn Locks is on leave from his position at the Brazilian Ministry of Environment since March to dedicate himself full time to his project, named Aliança da Terra.
Back in 2006 he joined forces with an American cattle breeder based in the Amazon forest to help create what he calls a “positive ecosystem” in the region. Aliança da Terra works close to producers giving them technical assistance so they can produce more sustainably and according to local regulations.
Today they work with more than 1,500 companies, producing in the Amazon “with zero deforestation” and selling to multinationals such as Unilever (45 of them are soy suppliers for Hellmann’s mayonnaise).
“Without private sector engagement we won’t be able to face the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Government initiatives alone are not enough”, he says.
The project also has its own elite fire brigade that for years now has been training producers, indigenous people and local populations to fight the blazes that hit the Amazon region this time of the year.
Scotland’s Climate Change Dilemma
It’s no surprise there are upwards of 15 protests taking place across Scotland with many thousands in attendance.
Here, climate change is firmly on the agenda with the Scottish Government already committing to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
That’s five years ahead of the UK and one of the “most ambitious targets in the world,” as the mantra goes.
But for the 15,000 people here in Holyrood Park, just across from the Scottish Parliament, that’s still not enough.
Posters read “It’s now or never” and “There is no planet B”. In short, they want action immediately.
But it’s difficult for politicians here. Scotland has an oil and gas sector which props up its third biggest city.
An instant end to using fossil fuels would devastate its economy. That makes the arguments much more nuanced.
But not for the thousands attending these protests in the searing sun who see their own future being destroyed by what’s happening today.
Greta Thunberg to lead New York protest
As protests around the world rumble on, eyes are beginning to turn to the US and the global protests’ finale – Greta Thunberg speaking in New York on Friday evening.
About 1.1 million students from 1,800 public schools have been allowed to skip school in New York in order to protest.
Throughout the day Greta Thunberg has followed the strike as it travelled across the world, tweeting and retweeting pictures and videos coming live from events in places including Uganda, Germany, India and Turkey.
She will lead a demonstration at 12:00 local time (17:00BST) followed by a rally and march.
The on Saturday young leaders and activists from around the world, including Greta, will gather at the UN’s Youth Climate Summit in New York.
All corners of the world
From South Africa to Ukraine, Germany to the Solomon Islands, the scale and co-ordination of the climate strikes today has been phenomenal.
It shows, if nothing else, how the climate crisis has now become a mainstream, global issue of increasing urgency.
And of course, we still have more to come later on when the US wakes up.
Here are just some of the many places across the world where children and adults have held protests so far.