Ukrainians Student Join Global Rally for Action on Climate Change
Ukrainians stood with posters under the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry
Today, in Kyiv and in a number of Ukrainian cities, people rallied calling for changes to their country’s climate policy.
They joined the worldwide Global Climate Strike for the Future.
Ukrainians stood with posters under the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry. The main requirements that they put forward to the government were the following:
- To pursue climate policies to stop global warming, based on the Paris Climate Agreement
- To not build new coal plans, a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere (some also were against nuclear power)
- To support modern technology and energy efficiency while abandoning state support for the extraction of fossil fuels
- To support the transition to renewable energy sources
- Create conditions that allow ordinary Ukrainians to take advantage of renewable energy sources
The global climate strike for the future has now reached almost the entire world, but it began with the single picket of 15-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg. Since August 2018, once-a-week, instead of attending classes, she came under the building of the country’s parliament with a poster demanding that steps be taken to address climate change. Later, her initiative was picked up by schoolchildren from all over the world, who every week on Friday, instead of going to school, rallied.
This year, for the first time, Ukraine joined the Global Climate Strike for the Future.