The Fridays for Future movement calls on people, institutions and civil society actors to join the global climate strikes on 20 and 27 September 2019. This is an urgent response to a development, which has brought the earth to the brink of collapse. The current climate emergency is not only an existential threat for future generations. It already has devastating consequences as a dire reality for millions of people. The disappearance of glaciers, the dramatic melting of the Arctic ice, burning rain forests in the Amazon region and a marked increase of human made ‘natural’ disasters as well as the rapid extermination of a variety of species in flora and fauna are among the many alarming signs of the end stage of the anthropocentric era. Far too long and at too high a price it has posed as ‘human development’ at the expense of the reproductive rights of nature.
As so often, the main victims suffering from the impact of a mainly Northern industrial lifestyle are the poor - not only but mainly in the south. Their future, as much as that of all our children, is at risk. EADI therefore supports the young people and all others in their fight for climate justice. Ultimately, this is also a fight for development justice. It is for us to recognize, respect and honor an inter-generational contract.
EADI is committed to take a stand. After all, development is about human dignity and a safe future. Thanks to the young people, this global strike is a fit occasion to throw in our weight as scholars in the field of Development Studies and show our evidence-based support. We thereby follow the example of a growing number of “Scientists for Future” in support of the young activists with declarations, facts and press conferences, with many of us joining the global demonstrations in the streets.