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Leaving a Better World for Future Generations

Leave a better world for future generations

. On August 20, 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thurnberg chose to strike from school to protest the global inaction on the climate emergency. Sitting alone outside the Swedish parliament, she sent a message to the Swedish government that is now beyond the world, and launched the Global Friday for the Future Youth Climate Campaign.

Greta’s message was clear: “Whether we like it or not, change is coming.” She asked global leaders for help to see if they were willing to do something about it. But the answer is young people: In March 2019, more than 1.4 million school students participated in the global climate strike-placing adults firmly under the microscope and making them responsible for action.

Young people focus on the need to address our current mismanagement of the planet and its resources. For a long time, we have been using and misusing our earth to meet our growing needs. We fail to recognize the warning signs that lead to global warming, the collapse of ecosystems, the flooding of marine debris, and the unsustainable use of resources. The responsibility falls on adults, who now have the ability to push us into a new system that ensures that everyone can have a better planet. this is possible.

New system

The industrial revolution brought new jobs and technological developments, and transformed us into the modern society we have now embraced, but it happened very quickly, and it took us a long time to understand the full cost of this accelerated growth. We have built a world that values ​​fast, cheap and disposable goods to match our time-limited consumerist lifestyle; and this system no longer works.

As Greta said, Zero Waste in Europe recognizes that "if there is no solution in the system, then maybe we should change the system itself"-this is why we need to change the way we use and dispose of the precious resources on the planet.

It is time to adopt a people-oriented approach to change, redesign our relationship with resources, adopt smarter lifestyles and sustainable consumption patterns, consistent with recycling resource management.

If we do not seriously try to solve our resource extraction methods, we cannot expect to change the current path to climate chaos. This means leaving fossil fuels underground, shifting to sustainable use of material resources, zero-waste disposal methods, and putting people’s lives and the health of the planet before profits.

In the hands of newcomers

Young people have been tirelessly calling for change, and now it is time for us to build a world suitable for them to inherit. Our Zero Waste City plan proves that another world is possible and emphasizes how to put social and environmental justice at the forefront of change in Europe.

We will join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, and we will not stop working until we achieve a world of zero waste.

The way we treat the planet has a profound impact not only on future generations, but also on marginalized communities that are already facing the consequences of climate change and our attitudes towards the resources of the planet. Obviously, now is the time to take action.

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