Climate Strike Online

The ins and outs of what you can do at home and how to enjoy this time. According to an article published in the Guardian on the 22nd April 2020: ‘The large crowds and brightly coloured placards of the school climate strikes became some of the defining images of 2019.’ Which is very true. In… Read more »

by CelesteSpain 4 months ago

The ins and outs of what you can do at home and how to enjoy this time.

According to an article published in the Guardian on the 22nd April 2020: ‘The large crowds and brightly coloured placards of the school climate strikes became some of the defining images of 2019.’ Which is very true. In September 2019 there were more than 100,000 people in London taking part and more than 200 demonstrations in the UK. All because of this global movement to stop Global Warming and save our planet. Now, we may find ourselves stuck at home due to a global pandemic but that doesn’t mean we have to stop protesting for our future and our planet which we cherish. The Earth’s finally healing and it’s thanks to everyone who’s staying at home, driving only when needed, taking care of themselves, that’s giving nature a breather. 

So I thought I’d share what you can do:

  1. Take a selfie with your own Climate Strike poster –  I’m sure you’ve all seen people across the country raising their Climate Strike Online posters in photos on social media. Not only is it relaxing and enjoyable making a poster, especially if, like me, you’re getting colouring pens out that you haven’t used in ages; but to be part of this (currently) online movement can make such a difference. It’s simple, make your own climate poster (even if it just says ‘Climate Strike Online’ on it) and post it on your social media. Make sure to include the hashtags: #climatestrikeonline #StayAtHome #fridaysforfuture #Digitalstrike 

  2. Donate to organisations and charities that will help the planet in its recovery – such as: Fridays for Future, Extinction rebellion, Woodland Trust and of course to organisations and charities that help people in need during these strange times, such as: NHS Charities Together, The Intensive Care Society etc. Even small donations make a big difference, if you’re a younger teen you may wish to encourage others to donate, with the power of social media behind you there’s so much you can do to fight for your future! 

  3. Follow Fridays for Future, Greta Thunberg and sign up to receive emails about online digital strikes – By signing up to receive emails you’ll get updates on digital strikes online and online newsletters.  

  4. Next to your NHS rainbow, why not put a Climate poster up in your window? – By doing this, you not only show your support for the NHS but you will also remind people on their daily exercise the importance on looking after our planet and joining in the fight against climate change. 

  5. Watch online talks about the climate strike and expand your knowledge – This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about why we strike, how and when the next digital strike is. You may even be inspired. 

  6. Appreciate nature around you – You may be thinking: well I already do that, but it’s so easy to take this planet for granted and now more than ever I feel at one with nature. Each day, look out at the nature around you, cherish it, cherish each moment with family or pets or when video calling your friends and if you have a garden, go read outside in it, enjoy the peace and quiet.

  7. Create a chart of positivity or list three good things that have happened at the end of every day – Something in which I’ve found extremely helpful, especially when it may seem a bit boring right now at home. If you list all the positive thoughts, positive things that have happened each day the world certainly seems a lot brighter. 

  8. Make small changes to lower your carbon footprint – A good start is to take a good look at how you live your life normally and how you are currently living it. Small changes: are you recycling, is your wardrobe sourced ethically, is your food sourced ethically? And of course, what can you do to change this (if you can now) or after this period. 

  9. Keep a journal (write in it each day keeping it positive, even doodling in it if you wish)

  10. Have a takeaway night at home or a film night (buy popcorn, buy what you’d usually get from a Chinese takeaway for example) – This can be something to look forward to at the end of each week and means you don’t have to miss out. 

Just make sure to enjoy time this time at home, and appreciate family, friends and especially your animal companions. Enjoy nature, look after our planet and spread positivity!