Millions of people have seen the video, which went viral on the internet, by Greta Thunberg who last weekend in Stockholm – during the first of two concerts for the climate – sang and danced on stage “Never Gonna Give You Up”, together with ‘interpreter Rick Astley. It was an opportunity to launch the “Climate Live“on Saturday 23 October, a series of concerts organized by the Fridays for future movement – inspired by the young Swedish activist and her Friday school strikes – which will be broadcast live from 20 countries on six continents to ask world leaders who will participate in the Cop26 in ten days in Glasgow “Can you still hear us?”, That is to urge global action to tackle the climate emergency.
Artists, activists and scientists will take the stage all over the world – from India to Kenya, from Finland to Uganda, from Estonia to Turkey, from Zimbabwe to New Zealand, from Japan to Germany, Brazil, Mexico and others countries (but there is no Italy) – for free and non-profit climate concerts, to raise awareness as many people as possible on the emergency of global warming and on the challenges in particular of some populations, at the forefront of facing ecological collapse.
Climate Live, therefore, will unite people around the world through music in the fight for climate justice and in the race to safeguard the future of the planet. After all, Greta Thunberg often recalled: “To change everything, we need everyone”.
During the concerts, the organizers of Climate Live will invite the public to sign the Global Climate Live Petition, the petition that will be delivered to world leaders during a youth climate strike at the UN COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. The petition lists ten requests to world leaders, including declaring a global climate emergency, ending the use of fossil fuels and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030.
From the Stockholm Climate Live stage, Greta said: “Now it’s up to us. Those in power show time and time again that they are not ready to do it for us. We have a long way to go. But we must never give up. because we have no choice but to continue fighting for a future “. “You know the rules and so do I, A full commitment is what I’m thinking about, I have to make you understand … Inside we both know what’s going on, We know the game and we will play it Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see”, the words of the rhythm song by Greta on stage. Climate live founder Frances Fox of the UK, 20, said: “The whole point of Climate Live is to give the microphone to young people in the countries most affected by climate change today, so they can tell the world how their lives are. are influenced by climatic events “.
Recalling that it all started in the spring of 2019 and that “it was incredible to see how so many young people around the world came together to make these concerts”, Fox explains that this event “is so important at a time when, in view of COP26, so many world political leaders have announced front page climate goals to lure the public and local, regional and national politicians into the false belief that their governments are now taking action and all will be well, while these goals will not be supported by policies and from the action programs necessary and in time to save the planet “. As Greta says, “it’s up to us to be the adults in the room”. “If a performance of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ can draw so much media attention to our cause, we are off to an epic start,” Fox notes, launching the appeal: “So can you still hear from us? You will stay with us and demand more. by elected politicians? “.
Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC executive secretary who played a key role in the 2015 Paris Agreement, said: “I appreciate our bright young people for once again pledging to hold leaders accountable for COP26 in 2021, when the countries must come together to show that we are on track for a resilient future. Our young people have asked if we can listen to them. It is time to show that we are truly listening. “