British teenager Mya-Rose Craig levels local weather protest on Arctic ice floe


On the planet’s most northerly local weather strike, Mya-Rose Craig, a passionate ornithologist and nature, local weather and equal rights campaigner, was photographed protesting on an ice floe on the Arctic ice edge, north of Svalbard, at 82.2° North earlier this week.

The 18-year-old, who lives close to the southwestern English metropolis of Bristol, held up a placard saying “Youth Strike for Local weather.” She spent 5 hours on the ice, a spokesperson for environmental group Greenpeace instructed CNN.
Craig, who says on her Twitter web page that she is the youngest particular person to have seen half the world’s birds, arrived within the Arctic on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Dawn as a part of an expedition documenting the affect of the local weather disaster and investigating marine life within the area.
The journey, which began from Norway in early September, was timed to coincide with subsequent week’s United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, the place “marine safety ought to be entrance and middle to any discussions about defending biodiversity,” Greenpeace stated in an announcement.
September 25 has been declared a world local weather motion day by Fridays for Future, a world strike motion that began in August 2018, when Greta Thunberg, then aged 15, launched her local weather protest.

In an announcement issued by Greenpeace, Craig stated: “I am right here as a result of I need to see for myself what’s at stake as this important protector of the planet, the Arctic Ocean, melts away at a terrifying price. As we speak, myself and Fridays For Future activists from everywhere in the world are standing as much as name for pressing motion in opposition to local weather breakdown.

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“I am right here to demand that our leaders come collectively and create ocean sanctuaries to guard this important however fragile place and not less than 30 per cent of our oceans. There’s nonetheless time to show issues round in the direction of extra sustainable energies and life, and that second should be now.”

Craig said the trip brought home to her how urgent the issue of climate change is.

Craig instructed CNN that the journey had been a “as soon as in a lifetime expertise,” in additional methods than one.

“It appears like a as soon as in a lifetime expertise, not solely as a result of it has been an incredible journey, but in addition as a result of I’m hyper-aware that the Arctic is disappearing.

“I’ve been a local weather activist for years however now it has actually sunk in simply how pressing this challenge is.

“Looking from the ship it was really easy to image all of it slowly melting and disappearing within the coming 20 years.”

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Earlier this week, scientists from the Nationwide Snow and Ice Knowledge Middle (NSIDC) on the College of Colorado Boulder stated the Arctic sea ice, or the floating ice cowl of the Arctic Ocean, had reached its minimal extent for the 12 months, shrinking to the second lowest extent since record-keeping started in 1978.

Craig, who has simply completed highschool, is taking a 12 months out earlier than learning politics and worldwide relations at college subsequent 12 months.

In line with Greenpeace, she is one in all thousands and thousands of youth activists and local weather strikers demanding motion and accountability from world leaders in “tackling the commodification of nature for revenue.”

Earlier this 12 months she shared a platform with Thunberg, addressing 40,000 folks in Bristol.

A Greenpeace team is in the Arctic to document the impact of the climate crisis and investigate marine life in the region.

On why younger folks like herself and Thunberg are demonstrating, she instructed CNN: “I actually wished to convey how, as a teen, I really feel extremely determined about this challenge and I really feel it is extraordinarily pressing.

“It makes me actually offended when politicians and world leaders do not take motion on local weather change — it is not their future that is melting down the drain.

“This motion of younger folks has been so thrilling to me. It has the potential to be revolutionary as a result of protests and strikes like this are lastly giving younger folks a voice. Individuals are lastly sitting down and listening to us about how we really feel about our future.”

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Posting on Fb earlier Friday, Craig wrote: “It has taken me weeks to journey by highway and boat to the Arctic edge to bear witness to the Sea Ice Minimal, the bottom stage of the ice on the finish of every summer time. As we speak, I took half in essentially the most northerly Youth Strike ever, to bear witness to the low ice stage and ask you to amplify my voice and people of different younger folks all over the world and demand that our leaders take motion now after they meet on the UN Basic Meeting quickly.”


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