By Johanna Montanari – Sep 17,2019

AMMAN — On the occasion of the upcoming Global Climate Strike week between September 20 and September 27, Jordanian civil society organisations and activists launched a social media campaign and will organise a series of events in Amman.

A global mass day of action will take place on Friday, September 20, three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York.

“The global strike is a good occasion for us,” Fadi Amireh from Jadal for Knowledge and Culture, who is one of the organisers, told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.

“I think it is important to have events everywhere, all around the globe,” he said, adding “the whole civilisation is under threat because of climate emergency. It is our duty everywhere to act and to put more pressure on politicians, so that they can take the correct actions to face the crisis.”

Among the signatories are Shams Community, Green Generation Foundation, Jordan Environmental Union and the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature.

On the campaign website they write: “The accelerating climate events such as heat waves and floods that we see… are met with terrible denial and ignorance.”

“We as a civilisation have to stop our dependency on fossil fuels and design our world and our economy respecting nature,” Fadi Amireh said.

The planned activities aim to draw attention to threats to the climate and raise awareness, according to the organisers.

The week kicks off with a musical “prayerformance for Mother Earth” on Saturday, September 21. Among the other events are a night of discussion with the question: “What are the manifestations of climate hazards in Jordan and the region?” one session in English and another in Arabic, and a climate photo exhibition.

The activities will take place at Jadal for Knowledge and Culture in Amman and other venues, according to the organisers.