Guwahati: People from all walks of life, including students, took part in large numbers in a rally as part of the global ‘Fridays for Future’ movement and urged the government to take stringent measures to tackle climate change at Dighalipukhuri area of Guwahati in Assam on Friday.
The strikers rallied from Dighalipukhuri via Cotton University and Gauhati High Court before returning to the park where they performed various programmes.
‘Cosplaying’ as corporate and policy makers, attendees put the message of climate change across the city. People came dressed up as animals, including koalas that are under threat due to raging wildfires in Australia, while another protester was seen wearing a dress made out of plastic.
Witnessing the masses after forming a human chain around Dighalipukhuri, Jafrin Akhtar, a strike organiser, said, “It feels good to see that today hundreds have come to the streets, to raise their voices and that means people are triggered and they realise that how adverse and real climate change is.”
“We call upon all the policymakers, stakeholders, civil servants, private and government bodies to stand together firm and empathise with the fact that climate change is happening now and actions has not to be delayed further. It’s not just our fight, it’s a fight of all to save our home and we need one and all in this fight,” added Akhtar.
These silent protesters of Guwahati have been creating awareness among the masses about the worst environment scenario of Assam through approaches like solo strikes, face painting, cosplay, climate concerned concert, mass strikes, chanting slogans, conscious rap and parody music, discussions, movie screenings, etc, every Friday.
“We are dumping all waste of the city into Deepor Beel which is a ‘Ramsar’ site, the condition of air is worsening with time, we don’t have a single sewage system, in spite of plastic ban, it’s not being implemented. So I am here in the strike to make my voice heard, I am here to ask the authorities that why are they failing us in spite of knowing how dangerous the situation of climate is,” said Shirshendu Shekhar Das, another strike organiser.
Not just in Guwahati, protesters around the world have been asking for massive changes in policy making and governance to ensure climate change is accepted as a threat that requires immediate action in policy making as well as its execution to ensure there is a livable future for the current and upcoming generation.