#Poland, March 18, 2019 – Students around the world are skipping classes and are asking ‘what is the point of getting an education if there is no world within which to use that knowledge?’
The global movement dubbed #SchoolStrike4Climate continues to spread and it has forced heavyweight politicians to pay attention to the heavy burden of climate change; serious attention, finally.
Amazingly, the revolution which has elevated the dire need for solutions and resolutions to curtail a burning, raging planet started with a 15-year-old teenager of Switzerland.
With two prettily braided pig-tails hanging long over her checkered shirt, a stern-faced Greta Thunberg stood before the panel of countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland.
The young student told the curious onlookers that “I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it does not matter what we do. But I’ve learned that you are never too small to make a difference and if a few children can get headlines all over the world by not going to school, then imagine what we could all together if we really wanted to.”
The speech is powerful. Nothing and yet everything a child should be saying about the planet she wants to live to see, that she wants her children and grand-children to be able to enjoy. Greta pointed fingers in that speech, without apology and made bold statements which have compelled hundreds of thousands of young people to join the School Strike for Climate Change movement and the momentum is showing no sign of slowing down.
“You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money,” said Greta at the UN conference held in December 2018.
For Greta Thunberg, the fight started at parliament in her country in August 2018.
Today it has morphed to include 88 demonstrations around the world, where students gathered in numbers from one person to over 300,000 people.
Truss warns Russia against ‘weaponising’ the Global Economy at UN debut
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, September 27, 2022 – In pursuit of a democratic future and a stance against a ‘desperate’ Vladimir Putin, Liz Truss the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom says her country will be cutting off ‘toxic power and pipelines from authoritarian regimes’, and boosting its spending on weapons for defense.
Truss was making her debut speech as new Prime Minister at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, last weekend. Similarly to her predecessor Boris Johnson she condemned Russia and Autocratic regimes and vowed support for Ukraine ‘as long as it takes’
Truss stressed that the UK would be completely turning its back on Russian energy in the very near future.
“We will ensure we cannot be coerced or harmed by the reckless actions of rogue actors abroad. We will transition to a future based on renewable and nuclear energy while ensuring that the gas used during that transition is from reliable sources including our own North Sea production.” She said, “We won’t be strategically dependent on those who seek to weaponise the global economy.”
She described the invasion as a catastrophic failure and President Putin as making ‘bogus claims and sabre-rattling threats’ versus Ukraine’s dignified fight.
“The story of 2022 could have been that of an authoritarian state rolling its tanks over the border of a peaceful neighbour and subjugating its people. Instead, it is the story of freedom fighting back.” She said.
The Prime minister hinted at new partnerships with small states encouraging the UN to ‘collectively extend a hand of friendship’ to states that had in the past ‘too often been left behind and left vulnerable to global challenges’ specifically mentioning Caribbean Island states dealing with the impact of climate change.
Truss maintained this era would be one of “hope and progress”.
Nearly 400 tested as Uganda faces deadly Ebola resurgence
By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm
#Uganda, September 27, 2022 – Uganda has declared an Ebola outbreak after 23 confirmed deaths from the virus and at the case fatality rate revealed at 64 per cent. There are at least 34 others infected with the disease.
The Health Ministry in Uganda has intensified messages and information on the signs and symptoms of the disease; a help hotline has also been established, said the commissioner of surveillance.
The interventions in the district have brought new fears to the country as quarantines are government managed and can last up to 21 days; already 13 people have escaped prompting continued concern of a mushrooming of case numbers.
Uganda has been largely free of the deadly disease for over a decade, the last outbreak was declared in 2012.
The Sudan Ebolavirus has a very high death rate and in previous outbreaks it has varied between 40 to 100 per cent.
The 2014-2016 outbreak affected Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia most, causing thousands of casualties.
Named after the Ebola River in The Democratic Republic of Congo where it was first found the virus spreads between human to human and human to animal contact. Earlier this year the DRC has a small outbreak caused by animal to human contact.
Media reports now indicate medical professionals have gone on strike at a hospital where several cases were detected; the nurses, pharmacists and trainee doctors have accused the government of not providing sufficient safety against possible infection.
How Liz Truss became the New Prime Minister of the UK
By Dana Malcolm
#UnitedKingdom, September 18, 2022 – Liz Truss was on Tuesday September 6, sworn in as the 15th British Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II; an act recorded as one the monarch’s final duties before passing away less than two days later.
Truss defeated candidate Rishi Sunak bagging 57 percent or 81 thousand of the eligible votes. Sunak received 60 thousand of the eligible votes.
Sunak had been the overwhelming favorite among MPs in the lead up to the campaign but lagged behind in the polls with actual voters. Truss had been a mostly unwavering supporter of outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson who still had a large swath of loyal conservative voters in his corner.
Sunak on the other hand was seen as the ball that got an avalanche of conservative resignations rolling several weeks ago in response to Johnson’s repeated scandalous behavior during lockdown and in early 2022. Those resignations led to Johnson’s eventual ousting from the position as Prime Minister.
‘My friend Boris Johnson’ and praising his accomplishments she told him.
“You are admired from Kiev to Carlisle.”
Truss promised to cut taxes and deliver on the energy crises. UK citizens are suffering with some of the highest energy prices in decades pushing many families into instability even as the country’s blindingly cold winters approach. Prices have continued to soar as the West and Russia remain at odds over the invasion of Ukraine and Russia slows energy deliveries to a trickle.
After the announcement of her victory fellow candidate Rishi Sunak said, “Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this campaign. I’ve said throughout that the Conservatives are one family. It’s right we now unite behind the new PM, Liz Truss, as she steers the country through difficult times.”
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