On September 21, millions of youngsters missed school and college to take part in the global climate change strike.
It has only been days since millions of youth took to the streets and staged the largest global climate change strike ever. Taking place in over 150 countries, students and youngsters protested the global inaction on climate change and it was indeed the need of the hour.
On September 21, millions of youngsters missed school and college to take part in the climate change protest that had initially started off with a few rallies in Australia, gradually spreading from the Pacific islands to India and Turkey and even across Europe. Students and organizers called it a Global Climate Strike. As reported by NPR.
However, what really caught the attention of most people on social media was an image that went viral within hours, showing rubbish left behind by them in Sydney’s Hyde Park. But did it happen in reality or was it just one of the hoax images doing the round of social media, trying to bring down a global movement?
Climate change is not an issue we can push under the rug of future generations.— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) September 20, 2019
We are the last generation who will have a choice to begin to reverse the impacts of global warming.
It was so humbling being part of a global movement of young people at the #Strike4Climate pic.twitter.com/VbBdvOc38F
Well, turns out, it was actually a hoax photo that was first shared by an Australian group called the Australian Youth Coal Coalition. The group, which has over 3,000 Facebook followers, shared the image claiming that it was the rubbish left behind by the 50,000 people who attended the rally in Hyde Park. As reported by 7 News.
“Look at the mess today’s climate protesters left behind in beautiful Hyde Park. So much plastic. So much landfill,” the post said. It became so viral that it had thousands of reactions, comments and was widely shared across social media. This even led to many condemning the students for leaving the garbage and becoming a part of the problem that they were fighting for.
But interestingly enough, the image wasn't from the global protest that took place on Friday. In fact, the image wasn't even taken last month nor is it from Australia. And as you may have guessed, the mess was not created by climate change activists.
Funnily, it was actually taken by a group of marijuana enthusiasts who gathered at Hyde Park 420 in London for the annual event on April 20 this year.
“This is #HydePark after #420. Ashamed is not the word," the post from The Hemp Trading Company read, claiming that the mess left behind was later cleaned by Extinction Rebellion protesters.
There's a lot of incorrect information doing the Twitter rounds this morning. This photo is the result of an unofficial event in Hyde Park on Saturday, not the #ExtinctionRebellion protestors in Marble Arch.— Royal Parks (@theroyalparks) April 23, 2019
It costs us millions to clear #litter every year. Please take it home. pic.twitter.com/F1JtAqmnVO
"With #extinctionrebellion not yards away, so many of you couldn’t be bothered to clean up after yourselves... #cannabiscommunity you can do better – you need to do better."
Well, there you have it. The climate change strike happened in over 150 countries and in the US alone, over 800 marches took place with thousands of youngsters taking to the streets during class hours for a newer approach towards energy and emissions.
Over 4 million on #ClimateStrike today. In 163 countries. And counting...— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 21, 2019
If you belong to the small number of people who feel threatened by us, then we we have some very bad news for you:
This is just the beginning. Change is coming - like it or not. #FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/MHGRNx1tnH
One among the millions of youngsters is Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who is touted to be the face of school strikes in protest against climate change. She attended a massive rally and march in Lower Manhattan.
Will this global movement change the way we approach climate change?