Global Climate Strike September 20th

In solidarity with the rest of the world and in common with many of our member companies, Urbano is joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday September 20th.

We believe the science behind global warming is irrefutable and we all, as business people and human beings, need to act individually and collectively to address, arrest and hopefully eventually reduce rising global temperatures.

We are closing our office at 11am and will not reply to emails or telephone calls. Though largely symbolic in support of the actions of millions worldwide, we have also held our first event this week on delivering Zero Carbon across the Construction supply chain  with speakers from the UK Green Building Council and Urbano Members TFT Consultants.

This is the first event in a series we will hold every quarter from now on in our aim to assist all our members and other companies to ensure we all deliver a better future for those who will follow us.

Mark & Caroline & The Urbano Team

What is the climate strike? 

School student Greta Thunberg inspired a global movement when she sat in front of the Swedish parliament building to demand action on climate change, inspiring the Fridays for Future movement.

Fridays for Furture evolved into the Youth Strike for Cimate movement, which says its students are "driven by an alarming lack of Government leadership on climate action over previous decades."

The coalition is calling on the Government to declare "a state of climate emergency" and educate the British public in the seriousness of global warming.

They are also demanding changes to the school curriculum which will include education about climate change.

The coalition wants young people to be included in decision-making and is also calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

It eventually evolved into the Global Climate Strike movement, which says it needs millions of people to "disrupt business" all over the world, either by protesting or raising awareness in their communities.

Why protest?

Global Climate Strike says humanity needs "to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels", but that "it's going to take all of us working together to succeed".

It says protests will demonstrate that people "are no longer willing to continue with business as usual", with the "urgency of the climate crisis" requiring a "new approach and a just response".

Who is Greta Thunberg?Greta Thunberg has inspired a global movement (Getty Images)

Greta Thunberg is a teenage schoolgirl from Sweden who has made headlines for her action against climate change.

In August 2018, Greta decided she would stop going to school on Fridays, choosing instead to picket outside the Swedish parliament (Rikstag) to raise awareness of global warming.

Her mission was to pressure the Swedish Government to pass legislation that would reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

Since her strike action began, she has addressed world leaders at the COP24 United Nations climate change summit and the World Economic Forum.

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