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Global climate strike: Scenes from the #ClimateMarch protests
The week-long global protest, which is calling for an end to the age of fossil fuels, is taking place in more than 160 countries today.
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- Millions of people around the world are taking to the streets to demand more urgent action on climate change.
- The protests come just days ahead of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.
- Although it's unclear exactly how many people are participating, it's likely to be the largest climate protest ever.
UPDATE (9/22/2019): New York City public schools allowed students to miss class last week to attend global climate strike events, but other U.S. districts didn't seem as supportive of the protests.
In Florida, a South Broward High School senior named Elijah Ruby was suspended last week for distributing promotional flyers about the global climate strikes. Ruby said he's previously been reprimanded by school officials for handing out flyers about the protests, but was unaware that continuing to distribute them would lead to suspension and not being allowed to attend prom.
"I feel disappointed because those are the sort of things you remember for a long time," Ruby, 17, told the Miami Herald. "You remember going with your girlfriend to prom."
A flyer that Ruby distributed
School officials also denied Ruby's request to sponsor a field trip to the Global Youth Climate Strike on Sept. 20, saying the event might be dangerous.
"I think that's extremely short-sighted thinking," Ruby told the Miami Herald. "Because what is going to be most dangerous for kids is that we have eleven years to totally change our economy and eliminate carbon in the atmosphere or we will face devastation."
Ruby's mother, Stacy Wolfe, said she supported her son and was disappointed in the school's reaction.
"I totally support his belief and his action and his wanting to stand up for it," Wolfe told the Miami Herald. "It is unfortunate that the school has to resort to a suspension for such a noble cause."
A spokesperson for Broward County School District said schools have "processes in place regarding approvals for the distribution of materials, including fliers, on campus," and that students who distribute materials without approval may be disciplined.
The global climate strikes kicked off in full force on Friday, September 20. Millions of people — many of whom are students skipping school, some are employees walking off their jobs — are gathering in more than 160 countries on all seven continents to call for more urgent action on climate change and an end to the age of fossil fuels. Although it's still unclear exactly how many people are protesting, it's likely to be the largest coordinated climate protest in history.
In New Delhi, India, protesters were chanting, "Eco, not ego!" and "I want to breathe clean!" Outside of the Houses of Parliament, in London, protesters chanted, "Save our planet!" In Washington, D.C., crowds chanted, "This is what democracy looks like!"
New York City has allowed more than 1 million public school students to miss classes in order to protest, while a handful of U.S. companies — among them, Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Burton, Lush, and SodaStream — are closing down or going offline for at least some part of Friday.
"We're going to disrupt our 'business as usual' on Sept 20 to demonstrate our solidarity with global climate strikers," Ben & Jerry's higher-ups said in a statement. "We believe we all must change the way we live, and the way we do business."
The global protests come days ahead of the 2019 UN Climate Action summit, in which world leaders from dozens of countries will meet in New York to discuss progress on past climate pledges and plans for the future. "Bring plans, not speeches," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reportedly told heads of state before the summit.
This is INCREDIBLE! 👇 People are turning out to demand change in all 7 continents! We are fired up and ready to g… https://t.co/Yb3OM8YPj2— NRDC 🌎 (@NRDC 🌎)1568989562.0
It's unclear what effect the protests will have on the world's policymakers. The organizers of the global climate strike are demanding broad changes: the transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy, "climate justice" for everyone and, more curiously, "reparations," presumably from developed countries whose policies and consumption have accelerated climate change in other countries. But in the short term, the organizers say:
"Our greatest hope is simply to show that those working on this crisis have the backing of millions of human beings who have a growing dread about the climate emergency but who have so far stayed mostly on the sidelines. It will take all of our efforts to get millions of us in the streets worldwide. So join us. Our window for effective climate action is closing fast."
Here's a look at some of the global climate strike protests happening today around the world.
Huge influx of folks coming into Grant Park for the youth led #ClimateStrike march to Fed Plaza in Chicago… https://t.co/4vvOi72eMF— Aaron Cynic (@Aaron Cynic)1568994699.0
Leader of Chicago’s Global Climate Strike tells marchers that Federal Plaza, where they are headed, is “full.” https://t.co/LP6zIFP1Bi— Wendy Widom (@Wendy Widom)1568998604.0
“Fuck corporate greed, we want a clean future” - young climate activist #ClimateStrike Washington DC. https://t.co/D52xjPp83r— Josue De Luna Navarro (@Josue De Luna Navarro)1568994687.0
HAPPENING NOW: Young activists in Washington, D.C., go on strike, challenging lawmakers to act on climate change. https://t.co/gSl95m54jW— ABC News (@ABC News)1568995167.0
New York City
'Meet The Impassioned Teens Behind Today's Climate Crisis Walkout In NYC': https://t.co/PpKTKkacUt #ClimateStrike https://t.co/S75atsHO36— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC 🎙)1568996145.0
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Los Angeles striking for climate!!! @GretaThunberg #FFF @FFF_USA #ClimateStrike #ClimateEmergency https://t.co/Dd2Wpeen3R— Edgar McGregor 🌴 (@Edgar McGregor 🌴)1558728780.0
Downtown Berkeley BART is jam packed with Berkeley High students heading to the #ClimateStrike in San Francisco, ai… https://t.co/cLYhXpEFtb— Anirvan Chatterjee (@Anirvan Chatterjee)1568995687.0
Large crowd gathering on Boston's City Hall Plaza for #Climatestrike. https://t.co/U4LWginBTw— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@WBZ | CBS Boston News)1568992337.0
@tan123 God, you're hopeless Tom. Here's some marchers in Galway, Ireland, with a message for you and all the othe… https://t.co/UfuFEFxFHP— Cosain Climate 🌍 (@Cosain Climate 🌍)1568997846.0
We love this! Women are amongst the worst victims of the climate crisis but we👏🏽are👏🏽fighting👏🏽back!… https://t.co/jq923VOwFs— Amnesty International South Asia (@Amnesty International South Asia)1568976494.0
With the 🌍 on fire🔥, Nairobi is fired up to combat #ClimateChange! Shout out to my @CIAT_Africa & @_PABRA colleague… https://t.co/V4ePMUdxQ6— #FarmerInASuit (@#FarmerInASuit)1568976234.0
THOSE ARE ALL PEOPLE!!!! #Freiburg, #Germany!! #ClimateStrike We have the solutions to the #climateemergency, time… https://t.co/QQ2DjuIFKZ— Mike Hudema (@Mike Hudema)1568980933.0
Huge crowds at the Islamabad #ClimateMarch. There is suddenly a climate movement in Pakistan. #ClimateActionNow https://t.co/jp9jHusiAL— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@Ammar Rashid ☭)1568979733.0
#ClimateStrike still going strong in London. 💚 video: @MatthewSellar https://t.co/dZGeHwJY5d— 350.org Europe (@350.org Europe)1568996054.0
Occupying Lambeth Bridge?☑️ #ClimateStrike https://t.co/JMDkD9cMas— YouthStrike4Climate 🌍 (@YouthStrike4Climate 🌍)1568994495.0
Climate Strike. Sydney Australia. I think we did pretty well @GretaThunberg #ClimateStrike #ClimateChange… https://t.co/RumooB79CE— Danny Clayton (@Danny Clayton)1568976424.0
An estimated 100,000 students in Berlin showed up for our planet and our future today. #ClimateStrike https://t.co/Ub5T6NOEp9— Ryan Knight 🗽 (@Ryan Knight 🗽)1568992216.0
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Reaching beyond the stereotypes of meditation and embracing the science of mindfulness.
- There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to what mindfulness is and what meditation can do for those who practice it. In this video, professors, neuroscientists, psychologists, composers, authors, and a former Buddhist monk share their experiences, explain the science behind meditation, and discuss the benefits of learning to be in the moment.
- "Mindfulness allows us to shift our relationship to our experience," explains psychologist Daniel Goleman. The science shows that long-term meditators have higher levels of gamma waves in their brains even when they are not meditating. The effect of this altered response is yet unknown, though it shows that there are lasting cognitive effects.
- "I think we're looking at meditation as the next big public health revolution," says ABC News anchor Dan Harris. "Meditation is going to join the pantheon of no-brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the meds that your doctor prescribes to you." Closing out the video is a guided meditation experience led by author Damien Echols that can be practiced anywhere and repeated as many times as you'd like.
A study looks at the performance benefits delivered by asthma drugs when they're taken by athletes who don't have asthma.
- One on hand, the most common health condition among Olympic athletes is asthma. On the other, asthmatic athletes regularly outperform their non-asthmatic counterparts.
- A new study assesses the performance-enhancement effects of asthma medication for non-asthmatics.
- The analysis looks at the effects of both allowed and banned asthma medications.
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Image source: joel bubble ben/Shutterstock<p>When inhaled β-agonists first came out just before the 1972 Olympics, they were immediately banned altogether by the WADA as possible doping substances. Over the years, the WADA has reexamined their use and refined the organization's stance, evidence of the thorniness of finding an equitable position regarding their use. As of January 2020, only three β-agonists are allowed — salbutamol, formoterol, and salmeterol —and only in inhaled form. Oral consumption appears to have a greater effect on performance.</p>
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Image source: MinDof/Shutterstock<p>Of primary interest to the authors of the study is confirming and measuring the performance improvement to be gained from β-agonists when they're ingested by athletes who don't have asthma.</p><p>The researchers performed a meta-analysis of 34 existing studies documenting 44 randomized trials reporting on 472 participants. The pool of individuals included was broad, encompassing both untrained and elite athletes. In addition, lab tests, as opposed to actual competitions, tracked performance. The authors of the study therefore recommend taking its conclusions with just a grain of salt.</p><p>The effects of both WADA-banned and approved β-agonists were assessed.</p>
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Image source: Andrey Yurlov/Shutterstock<p>What the meta-analysis showed is that the currently approved β-agonists didn't significantly improve athletic performance among those without asthma — what very slight benefit they <em>may</em> produce is just enough to prompt the study's authors to write that "it is still uncertain whether approved doses improve anaerobic performance." They note that the tiny effect did increase slightly over multiple weeks of β-agonist intake.</p>
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Image source: Nejron Photo/Shutterstock<p>The study found that for athletes without asthma, however, the use of currently banned β-agonists did indeed result in enhanced performance. The authors write, "Our meta-analysis shows that β2-agonists improve anaerobic performance by 5%, an improvement that would change the outcome of most athletic competitions."</p><p>That 5 percent is an average: 70-meter sprint performance was improved by 3 percent, while strength performance, MVC (maximal voluntary contraction), was improved by 6 percent.</p><p>The analysis also revealed that different results were produced by different methods of ingestion. The percentages cited above were seen when a β-agonist was ingested orally. The effect was less pronounced when the banned substances were inhaled.</p><p>Given the difference between the results for allowed and banned β-agonists, the study's conclusions suggest that the WADA has it about right, at least in terms of selection of allowable β-agonists, as well as the allowable dosage method.</p>