Youth of XR #1

This speech was planned to be read during the Youth Strike 4 Climate, in Exeter on February 15th. Youth Strike for Climate is an international movement that is gaining traction and support all the time. February 15th was the first mass countrywide UK action. Exeter was one of the biggest events. XR unequivocally supports Youth Strikes. Some Youth Strike members are also XR Youth members, including in Exeter. Thanks to ‘Jack’ for the YouTube video above. Jack, please get in touch -one of our editors would like to create some content with you!

Greatest Power

by Molly Bovet, 17 years old

To those with the greatest power, from those who must break the system to claim it:

There never should have been a ‘time for waiting’, and now even those stolen years have run out.

Your generation has failed to keep us safe in this time, and now we, your children, are left to pick up the pieces and provoke you into action. The promises that have been made and the plans that have been discussed so far are too vague and too idle.

We have, at best, twelve years left before the state of our planet becomes catastrophic and we run out of time for action; that is not time that can be wasted like the politicians and major companies of the world have wasted the years leading up to this.

You are the ones who have created this mess and now we are here to force you into action. You are the ones with the power to help us.

Children are raised to be quiet when they’re angry and to do as they’re told, but this is one issue that we cannot be silenced on.

In just the past twenty five years, you have emitted more CO2 than the entirety of the human race before you. The climate we have been born and raised in, the climate that you have created, is born of obliteration.

We may even see climate collapse as soon as within the next five years, and if we don’t amend that, cultural collapse will inevitably follow within our lifetimes.

Even these horrific facts are things that we have had to seek out ourselves; our schools do not equip us with the knowledge and ability to mitigate the worst-case scenarios. Nor do they teach us about the direness of our climate situation or how we can live low carbon lifestyles.

We do not want to live in fear but you give us no choice. We trusted you, the adults, to keep us safe but you have failed to secure our future.

You want to raise good kids, people who will be kind to one another and the world around them, work passionately and take their educations seriously. These kids are here, begging at your feet to spare us a future in flames. We will care for this earth and its creatures. We will love every precious second that we are here; just as long as you do the same.

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La tierra transformada, Joaquín Clausell (1910)




This is my only planet 

by Holly Errington

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This is my only planet

I must defend it

This is your beautiful planet

You must help us

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Tired of endless excuses

Governments saying “We’ll fix it later”

And walking away with a smirk

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Their pockets full and our planet empty

No,

We will not settle for later

Yes,

We don’t care if you think we’re crazy

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We can band together

Rise up

Join forces

Stop this

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Climate change

Habitat loss

Ocean acidification

are happening now

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Do not let others pollute your vision

Be a protector of precious life  

Let us hold hope by the hand

Pray that we will be sitting amongst wildlife

In years to come

Talking about our defiance

And victory

Against this ecological destruction


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We Have the Facts, We Will Have Climate Justice

by Lauren Fenton, 18 years old

In a world where governments care more about money than the environment, it has been left to the people to decide which shade of green we want for our planet.

With an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste entering the world oceans from coastal regions annually and Donald Trump looking to re-open coal mines in the USA, it is now down to the people to make the change.

But we need the support of the government, we need them to wake up and take responsibility and write legally binding agreements to cap the global temperature rise by less than the tipping point.

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius is not good enough. A two-degree increase in the average global temperature means that mountain glaciers and rivers will start to disappear, 10% of the world’s population will be displaced due to sea level rise and A THIRD OF ALL LIFE ON EARTH WILL FACE EXTINCTION!

As a population we need to band together to pressure the officials to enforce a mandatory cap in temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and become carbon neutral by 2030. By the time we reach 2050 It will be too late.

In 2014, only 5 countries accounted for 70% of global CO2 emissions: China, the United States, the European Union, the Russian Federation and Japan. This sparked the launch of the “land mark agreement” to combat climate change in 2015 – COP 21, The Paris agreement, Which THE USA HAS NOW PULLED OUT OF.

China is so far the only country to make a major difference, announcing plans to invest over $USD 3 Billion in renewable energy. Whist the EU’s aim is become carbon neutral by 2050 and cut energy use by 20% below business-as-usual projections by 2020. This is NOT good enough! We are the 3rd largest contributor to CO2 emissions globally and our member states are among the wealthiest countries in the world. With these stats there is NO EXCUSE for not making more of an effort to become carbon neutral! Because of our governments idleness we are now on track for a global temperature rise of 2.7 degrees C, 0.7 above the tipping point.

Despite all these statistics, there has still been no legally binding agreement to combat climate change since 2009. And there are still countries refusing the latest agreement (Katowice 2018), including the USA, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Knowing this, how can we rely on governments who are not willing to make a sacrifice to save the planet? If the temperature continues to rise there will be no trade, there will be displacement of people and there will be extinction!

We have the facts. We have the power. We will have Climate Justice.

  • By Lauren Fenton

Poetry Anthology #1

Author: Greg Cumbers

Almost Midnight 

Confused by the rhythm
And still, he stands up to dance
With Godheads and their hi-tech threats
Orange bleeds into red

He doesn’t wear a watch
Instead, he stares straight at the sun
Like a rabbit in the headlights
Beyond the point of no return

Confused by the rhythm
She sits down and puts the world to rights
A frightening place with nowhere to hide
The clock strikes closer to midnight

Tired, she’s so tired of waiting
For the sirens to start singing
Wound up like a spring with rage in her eyes
She crosses her heart and hopes to die

These are the days it never rains but it pours
You can run, but you can’t hide forever
The weather will have its way with you! 

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Author: Santosha Tantra

Excerpt from the poem “One True Tribe

This is the time and the need for the One True Tribe to recognize itself and begin living.
Who is in this One True Tribe?
All Hearts everywhere
We cannot, not know each other.
There are no places we haven’t seen
And no one can live apart from the other, from how the other somewhere else affects everyone here.
We know of everyone’s suffering and everyone’s needs.
Our hearts are all the same, with the same impulse – to live and live well.

To live well all must know their own heart and recognize everyone’s heart.
The heart – the place and the knowing of love – the recognition of all as love.
Love is the impulse to serve without selfishness, to give so all can live with dignity.

Love makes happiness, purpose and enjoyment,
love does not cause suffering for others.
This is the time and the world has the need, for all of us to see itself as
One family, as the One True Tribe.

The Core, by Peter Merry

“I wrote this after watching the Bohemian Rhapsody film.

For some reason it really grounded me in the essence, and I needed to write something down to remind myself of priorities.

When I read it out last night, just as text, people commented afterwards on how much they liked the “poem”, so maybe it’s a poem!

And a New Year’s resolution…”

Peter Merry

The Core (written to myself as much as to anyone else)

We are on the edge of extinction ourselves and are co-responsible for the extinction of thousands of other species.
We have forgotten who we are, what our heritage is, where we are from.
We are born of this Earth, we are this Earth, expressing itself in human form.
This is the Earth talking to itself and listening to itself.
The only thing we should be focusing on is are we, is each of us, doing what we can do to help life on Earth survive and thrive, and enable this great experiment of life as a self-conscious human being to continue?

Are we proud of ourselves, of the human race?
Do we believe we are worth it?
Or have we given up,
choosing to forget,
as remembering is too painful
and asks too much of us?

Nothing is too much, if we truly remember.
We need to remember who we are.
Incredible, creative beings of this mother earth,
with the ability to think, feel, be conscious,
make amazing things,
come up with creative solutions together that no one of us could have come up with on our own.

Are you worried about giving up your old ways,
your job and lifestyle that is part of a dying world?
Are you worried that you might not be able to make a living doing the thing only you can do best to contribute to life?
Isn’t that ridiculous?!
You are life and life is you!
When you act to support life, life supports you.
When you act from trust and compassion you are repaid through unconditional love and support.
Life loves you.
This Earth loves you.
Why would it abandon you if you remembered you were part of it and acted as such?

It is a time to be bold.
Fear not!
Trust life!
Wake up!
Shake off the skin of the deadening world we call normal and come alive!
Believe in yourself!
Believe in life!
Do what needs to be done, now and every moment of your life.
That on your death bed you may look back and know you have lived this life given to you to the highest of your potential.
That your children and grandchildren will draw from your energy and example when they think about you.

No compromise!
There is no other time than now.
Here and now.
The future is forged and the past re-defined by the choices we make in each present moment,
to serve life with all our being,
full of passion and compassion,
wildness and humility,
vision and presence.

Nothing else will suffice.
Our earth mother and cosmic father are testing us now.
Do we believe we are worth it?
Are we going to pick up the gauntlet?
Or just fade away in the annals of history as the generations who chose not to see,
who chose not to feel,
and who chose not to act?

The choice is ours.
Ultimately life will find a way forward, whatever happens.
But shame on us if we don’t put into practice now the millions of years of evolution that have gone into making us who we are.
Shame on us.

And blessings on us if we choose to show up as the great beings we are and bring heaven and earth together in this miracle of life.
Blessings on us.
We can do this – if we choose to.
I do.
Do you?

Culemborg, January 6th 2019

The time is now, we’re rising up!

I was born to save the world

With all the other boys and girls

In school they spoke pollution

Didn’t give us a solution

Six years old and I could see

The grown-ups, not wise as we

Now time passed, we’ve grown

Look what’s happened to our home

We’ve had enough of greed

I just want to plant seeds

I’d love to run away

But if I do those days are numbered

For too long we’ve all slumbered

Blindly taking without thinking

That this ship we’re on is sinking

Now we’re really in a mess

I’m bricking it I must confess

There’s no time for blame

No good coming from shame

Now’s the time for action

We’re huge and they a fraction

We’re here to sort it out

To dance and scream and sing and shout

Since I was born I’ve felt it

We’re here to join and solve it

You feel it in your hearts

So use your bodies and your art

Use your minds and your hands

Together now we’ll make a stand

We’ll do what has to be done

So gather now, the time has come

And even if it seems insane

We will tie ourselves with chains

We will stand with our arms linked

Kick a fuss and make a stink

No longer will we be ignored

Planet Earth will be restored

We know what we’re here to do

We are many, they are few

So many of us now awake

Our very lives are now at stake

The time has come the truth is known

Yes we are here to save our home

So get yourself ready, the gig is up,

The time is now, we’re rising up!