by Naina Sharma

Climate change is a problem all around the world. Global warming is causing the Earth to get hotter than it naturally is. Global warming is caused by the greenhouse effect, a natural process by which the atmosphere retains some of the Sun’s heat, allowing the Earth to maintain the necessary conditions for people to live on the planet. Without the greenhouse effect, the average temperature of the planet would be -180C. The problem is that daily human activities maximize the greenhouse effect, causing the planet’s temperature to increase even more. Some other causes of global warming are; deforestation, harming marine ecosystems, and the increased use of greenhouse gases. 

This problem, after being in the discussion stage for more than thirty years, has finally been noticed by millions around the world. Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old climate activist, has been taking action, giving hope, and educating the world about this problem. She spoke at the United Nations on Monday 23rd September, with a very emotional speech that touched everyone’s hearts. 

Thunberg has decided to take action. No more waiting. The Global Climate Strike is being held on 20th and 27th September. Students from all around the world are skipping school to go protest in the streets. In December 2018, Greta held a strike that had a little over one million protesters. This time, numbers have grown, and the climate strike being held this year has around four million supporters. 

To support the environment, Ascend International School held our very own climate strike! We started off by educating the PYP about Climate Strike, through Greta Thunberg’s Ted Talk and then had a discussion with them about what they can do to help. The actual climate strike occurred on 27th September and students of Ascend protested all over the school and on the roads outside, in support of the Global Climate Strike. They reached people walking by, faculty, teachers, parents and students! Only if we come together, as a whole community to support this issue, will the change be seen and implemented. #ClimateJustice 

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now, is where we draw the line.” – Greta Thunberg.

Naina Sharma is a eighth grader at Ascend International School. Some of her passions include, singing, writing, and fashion. She is dedicated to her work, and likes to be organised, and have nothing out of place. She loves to learn and try new things. In her free time, you would probably find her engrossed in a new book she picked up at the library. She writes for the Ascent because she wants to voice her opinion on a larger scale.