It all began when 15-year old Greta Thunberg won a climate change essay competition in a local newspaper, in May 2018. She started protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building, vowing to continue until the Swedish government met the carbon emissions target agreed by world leaders in Paris, in 2015. Greta, has Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disorder that she terms as a gift. This young Swedish teenager skipped her school on Friday’s, urging the students around the world to join her. These strikes spread across the globe as #FridaysForFuture, and by the end of the year, billions of people have become a part of it, with a vision for a better environment.
The September 2019 climate strikes, also known as the Global Week for Future, were a series of international strikes and protests to demand action be taken to address climate change, which took place from 20–27 September. They were one of the largest climate strikes in history, more than seven million people took part in this movement, across 150 countries around the globe.
But the pandemic halted everything, the movements to halt climate change and even slowed climate change naturally. But the world's actions to revive the economy post the pandemic will resume with a vengeance and the impact will be much more and therefore continuity of action to prevent such impacts is important. Supporting the cause led by the Swedish Activist, Team “Less is More” a Mangalore-based Environment Group held a silent global climate strike, with an aim to demand actions for the changes in climate on 25th September from 4:30 pm to 06:00 pm on the Nanthoor Highway Mangalore. 10 members from the organization held the posters that were not only made in an environmentally friendly manner but were reused from the previous strike.
Less is More: A team that believes in an environmentally sound future for all of us
We deserve a safe future. And we demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?" Greta Thunberg.
Imagine a day when you wake up, and you find no water to quench your thirst or to wash your gloomy face. Looking at the sun as soon as you get up will turn into a nightmare because the temperature is too high and uncontrollable for human forms of the world. As the world is already wearing masks to stop the spread of a deadly virus, the earth is revolting against the inhumane conduct of mankind. Every single step matters, right from saving water to ditching resources that harm the soil and nature. As we all know, all-natural disasters come without a warning, and that’s the sign of the anger of our mother nature.
'Less is more' is a Mangaluru based group of individuals who are concerned about the climate and the environment. After a successful global climate strike held in 2019, the team held one again, but this time, a silent one, with posters speaking their minds out loud and clear. The posters and signage portrayed solidarity on climate change, aiming to work towards building, improving, and creating a sustainable city. The group had earlier successfully carried out the 'Kiss the Bonda Campaign', which was a campaign to ditch paper straws and savour tender coconut water the traditional way. The strike was conducted with safety measures and precautions with police officers in tow to maintain law and order.
Less is more does what it name suggests - it does small things to effect big change. The team says it doesn't aim to make big changes, but create awareness and implement small changes. This starts from composting, planting, ditching plastics, or symbolic high impact campaigns like the 'Kiss the bonda' campaign. Eco awareness and commitment is something the team believes that cannot be forced or forcefully embedded in people, but it's an inbuilt feeling for nature. A feeling for the flora and fauna that helps us sustain our lives and livelihoods, a feeling for the animals that migrate to urban areas because of deforestation and other forms of pollution of their habitats.
The team asks: can we not avoid disposable masks or plastic? Can we ditch using anything that cannot be reused? The team has created a thrift store where one can dump clothes and old electronic gadgets as well as other mechanical equipment in a bin by MCC (Mangalore City Corporation) and if someone is willing to reuse them well and good!
Less is definitely more; it is the drops of water that make the ocean and a molecule that makes the air we breathe.
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