“Fridays for Future” – the global movement in Malta

Posted On November 22, 2019

The worldwide strike involving students who are fighting Global Warming has given way to “Fridays for Future” which takes place in Valletta every week.

This movement began with Greta Thunberg in August 2018 and since October 11th made people, mainly students, join in front of the Parliament of Malta to raise awareness of this global crisis.

So far, around 20 participants join the weekly movement in Valletta. They have never exceeded 50. Nonetheless, the participants are confident that within the next weeks more people will come and join them. “Fridays for Future has only been up and running in Malta for the past month and I would like to believe that as time passes more people will join the cause”, said Venus, an 18-year-old student that is one of the organisers of the event.

The lack of promotion has been pointed out as one of the main reasons for the low adherence to this cause. As Alexandra, a university student that has been participating in the strike mentioned: “There is not much about the event on social media, we don’t promote it a lot, there are no posters or other information and I think that’s the main reason”. As a recent movement in Malta, “Fridays for Future” is aiming to find other ways of spreading information to reach more people and make the event known throughout Malta.

The protests are organised by the Extinction Rebellion Malta and the objectives are to educate, discuss and raise awareness of the importance of change, and fighting for climate justice. The movement is mainly comprised of students, however, people passing by in the street stop to chat and show their interest. “Many people start cheering or show a thumbs up, mostly mums with kids that want to show their children that it’s an important matter.”, added Alexandra.

Some of the young people that have been present during the last weeks were people from other countries who joined the strikes in their home countries and wanted to be part of the movement in Malta as well.

As mentioned in their Facebook page “Fridays for Future Malta”, the aim is “seeking effective climate change mitigation measures to meet the 1.5-degree United Nations goal set in the 2015 World Climate Agreement.”

The survival of vulnerable countries relies on a limited temperature change below 1.5 degrees Celsius. If it reaches 2 degrees Celsius, only 0.5 degrees of difference, it can lead to even worse problems in the sensitive regions.

“This is a matter of the survival of our countries and people” stated Chairman of the Least Developed Countries (LDC), Giza Gaspar-Martins, during a talk to The Commitment.

As a growing movement worldwide, there is no doubt that more people will join the movement in Malta week after week and do their best to make their voices heard.

(Photo from Extinction Rebellion Facebook Page)

Written by Emma Asciak

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