One week on from the Global Climate Strike, read Michelle Eul's latest “Climate Perspectives from Europe”. As you read this keep in mind that we had as many as 350 people join the strike in Chicago (population of about 2.7 million). More on Chicago coming.
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Global Climate Strike - from Switzerland!
“WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE! ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!” That’s what we shouted in the streets of Bern, Switzerland. Like tens of thousands around the world, I went to a Global Climate Strike on September 23. And it was AWESOME.
Switzerland is 1/4 the size of WI but has 50% more people. There were seven Swiss cities hosting events. I took the train 1.5 hours to join about 2,000 other protesters in Bern, a city with a metro population of 437,000 people.
It started around 6pm with impassioned speeches. I loved the energy of the speakers, however everything was in German which I don’t understand. My friend told me the general topics (such as climate reparations). Then, the real fun began! We chanted in three languages, marched over cobblestone roads, past grand cathedrals, and interrupted the Friday-night crowd at downtown bistros. Some spectators continued their meals, others cheered and banged pans from apartment windows overhead. It was exhilarating and emotional.
I attended the event with one of my friends. Since it was far away and past bedtime, I left my kids at home with my husband. However, I promised that they can come to a protest when there’s one in our city.
Many people from Milwaukee joined the Climate Strike in Chicago. Together, with others in 450+ cities globally, we demonstrated our concern and anger about the climate crisis and the need for climate justice. Also, for me personally, attending the Climate Strike really helped my eco-anxiety. It’s great to be part of something bigger and something powerful.
At the protest, there was anger, excitement, sadness, and optimism. Let’s take these passionate emotions into our daily lives, remembering that we HAVE the solutions! “WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE! ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!”
I welcome your thoughts and questions:
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Michelle Eul is an engineer, a mother of 2, and a member of 350MKE. She is very passionate about protecting our environment and climate, and participates in environmental orgs like 350. Originally from Milwaukee, she now lives in Switzerland.
"With climate change, it’s good to have a global perspective, so to provide a European viewpoint, I’ll be sharing “Climate Perspectives from Europe”. I hope you find them interesting."
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