Getting Hot? Stop Being Indifferent and Start Acting Because You Won’t Get a Second Chance
70 young adults from around the country participated in the first youth conference in Israel on the climate protest. The main conclusion from the conference: now is the time to start dealing with the climate crisis before it is too late
Approximately 70 young adults from around the country participated in the first youth conference in Israel on the climate protest, which took place last month at Ramat Hanadiv. The conference was a joint initiative of the Education Division at Ramat Hanadiv and two young women, Inbal Vasly and Noam Navot, leaders of the climate protest in Israel, guided by Green Course (which promotes this issue in Israel and initiated the School for Activism project).
For years scientists around the world have warned that we are in the midst of a severe climate crisis. This climate crisis stems mainly from the effects that human activities have had on the composition of the earth’s atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. The main changes are expressed as global warming, extreme cold temperatures and an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as storms, floods and droughts. All of these phenomena have far-reaching consequences for our health, economy, society and security and put the future of the human species on the earth in question.
So how can we remain indifferent to the climate change that threatens our lives?
A number of young adults in different places around the country asked themselves this question, and together decided to join the world #FridaysForFuture movement that brought together thousands of young adults around the world in protest against the inactivity of decision-makers regarding climate change.
Inbal Vasly, who was a 12th-grade student at HaKfar Hayarok until last month, and active in Green Course, was one of the first young adults in Israel who decided to do something. Together with other young adults she initiated protests on March 15th, in Tel Aviv, as part of a student strike that took place in 125 countries around the world, and on May 21st opposite the Supreme Court. In these protests the young adults called on decision makers to stop ignoring the climate crisis, and demanded significant policy changes on this issue.
The conference at Ramat Hanadiv was opened by Inbal Vasly, who talked to the participants about the protest movement, the relationship between the Israeli movement and what’s being done around the world on this issue and the urgency of increasing awareness about the problem of climate change. Later on, conference participants listened to a fascinating lecture by Prof. Marcelo Sternberg from Tel Aviv University: “Hot, Hotter, Boiling: Israel in an Era of Climate Change – What Is Known and What Needs to be Done?”, then took part in a workshop that focused on solutions known to us today for reducing CO2 emissions, and perhaps moderating the rate and severity of climate change. Similarly, participants were given practical instruction in activism and communication.
Irit Lador, Head of Education at Ramat Hanadiv, relates: “We at a critical point in time; a point at which we still have the ability to influence the climate crisis. According to expert opinion we have about 10 years to make this significant change. The change is not easy at all, but it is possible. We need global partnerships among all sectors as well as optimistic stubbornness. This change also includes opportunities for increasing human welfare on the earth by bringing renewable energies to isolated and poor areas, solving problems of accessibility to fresh water and more.
“Unfortunately we are still not there, especially in Israel. According to a recent survey by PEW, about 38% of respondents did not consider climate change to be a serious threat. Therefore, we have a responsibility, actually an obligation, to bring the issue of climate change to the public agenda. The conference strengthened the protest activists on their important journey and gave them tools for increasing the effectiveness of protest feedback. I am sure that continued joint work by green organisations and the young generation can set the desired change in motion.”
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