HOW SOCIAL CHANGE HAPPENS
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
NGOs, Grassroots Organisations, Civil Society Organisations
As climate change becomes more severe over the years, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, grassroot communities, and other civil society organisations have found new innovative ways to garner public attention and hold politicians and changemakers accountable to support climate change action.
Fridays for Future, also known as School Strike 4 Climate, is a youth-led movement that was founded by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in 2018.
Then only 15-years old, Greta and other young activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks to protest against the lack of action by the government. She posted updates on social media apps such as Instagram and Twitter which soon accelerated into a global movement that precipitated significant attention on climate change issues, especially among school-aged children.
Today, not only does Fridays for Future has a presence in many countries, Greta has also become the voice of young people protesting for the future.
Significantly, social media and phone technology has made it extremely easy for news to travel across globe and for coordinated efforts to pressure world governments. People from less affected areas can also empathise more with those from susceptible areas such as the Pacific Islanders to the left, making climate action more of a connected global issue.
Watch Greta Thunberg’s message to World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit.
The Celebrity Leverage: Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a social movement that engages and informs citizens to use their collective voice to tackle global issues of poverty and inequality.
They encourage all forms of actions, from local grassroots organising to advocacy partnerships, from providing scholarships to rewarding donations. They ultimately aim to commit policy leaders to make decisions that benefit marginalised communities.
In recent years, Global Citizen has also highlighted the importance of acting to defend the planet from climate change. The climate crisis poses an existential threat to people and nature worldwide, with a disproportionate risk on those who from poorer communities that contribute the least to the issue.
To this end, Global Citizen has recently organised an epic 24-hour free live broadcast event called Global Citizen Live that featured united artists, world leaders, and corporations speaking out on the urgency to act upon the climate crisis.
Utilising modern day live streaming technology and leveraging on the high influencing powers of celebrity figures from across the world, the event brought together millions of people to tune into the pertinent issue weeks before the Glasgow Climate Change Conference in November 2021.
The Global Citizen Live broadcast event features artists including Elton John, BTS, Beyonce, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Black Eyed Peas, Billie Eillish, Shawn Mendes among many others.