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The start of March announces the biggest event in the climate activism calendar. Environmental advocates from around the world gather up and hold climate action rallies worldwide. Thousands take up to the streets where protests are held to raise awareness about climate change, gather support, and influence politicians and world leaders to take radical action.
But it was not always the case.
Though climate activism was always a substantive movement, it shot to its current levels of global consciousness through the efforts of a lone Swedish student a few years back.
In 2018, Greta Thurnberg, then a 15-year-old student, skipped school and sat on the steps of the Swedish parliament asking for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Her activism as a young person, representing the first generation that will be most impacted by the catastrophes of climate change, roused millions of students worldwide.
It gave new life to climate change debates, galvanized the masses, and most importantly, inspired the youth who are now leading the climate change movement on the streets and in the schools.
But they, and the rest of us who are passionately trying to save the planet, have a long fight to fight, and things get heated sometimes — like our dear planet.
Climate-change naysayers are one reason. Climate change myths like how plastic is a recyclable material are another. But those in the leadership positions are the worst kind of roadblocks to fight. Not only these industry and political leaders are slow to take action, but the action they do take always leaves a lot to be desired.
To keep the spirits up in the face of all these delays, denials, and dormancy, humor is the shield that climate activists arm themselves with.
Witty one-liners, catchy memes, and funny warcries come to the rescue.
As we celebrate March as the climate activism month, we dedicate this post to saving the planet one joke at a time.
Below you will find placards, slogans, and signs from climate action rallies from around the world that are fun, funny, and creative. They show you that the fight to save our planet is still on, and we’re coming at it with laughter in our hearts and jokes on our lips.
— John Maiorano (@John_Maiorano) September 27, 2019
— inna shevchenko (@femeninna) September 21, 2019
Reporting from SF Youth Climate Strike. Signs speak for themselves. Amazing young people. pic.twitter.com/yGPrYyMhYA
— Zarina Zabrisky 🇺🇦 (@ZarinaZabrisky) March 16, 2019
— Jessica Oswald (@jessicaoswaldd) September 20, 2019
— Ken Loach & Sixteen Films (@KenLoachSixteen) September 20, 2019
“Climate, not profit! Woodside, get off it!” 🔥✊
— Greenpeace Australia Pacific (@GreenpeaceAP) March 3, 2023
— Spunky LEAF (@SpunkyLEAF) March 7, 2023
— Sylvana Harmsen (@SylvanaHarmsen) June 19, 2022
— Pierre Cannet (@pierrecannet) November 6, 2021
— Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (@Mastodon.World) (@JPvanYpersele) October 23, 2022
It can, or often does, feel sh*t, so to march with 20,000+ people in London today, all fighting for climate & nature justice, was a mood booster.🤘🏻🌍#GlobalDayofAction #ClimateMarch #COP26 pic.twitter.com/6mmHhmN14C
— Ryan ‘eco-freak’ Dalton (@MrRyanJDalton) November 6, 2021
Preparing for the first climate march with both kids. 💥🌏💪🏻Since I can remember I am marching.First on the shoulders of my Dad, now with my kids.Almost 40 years later!I am done with this politicians destroying my future and sending us to climate hell. #klimaatmars #climatemarch pic.twitter.com/Ly0UtJGU71
— Anna Handschuh (@anna_handschuh) November 5, 2021
Two of them are us.
— Kletterkinder @Kletterkinder@climatejustice.social (@kletterkinder) December 6, 2019
— Natalie Bennett (@natalieben) November 7, 2021
🪧 We are ready for Sunday. Come and join us for the #ClimateMarch in Brussels.
— WWF EU (@WWFEU) October 20, 2022
Week 219 #climatestrike Finally back in Ireland but I am quite ill so not able to strike outside the dail 💔! Only a few more weeks to go before the global climate strike! #peoplenotprofit #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate @GretaThunberg @Fridays4future @SchoolStrikesIE pic.twitter.com/rUjS4IEJKy
— flossieandthebeachcleaners (@flossiebeachcl1) February 17, 2023
— riley robinson (@rirob111) September 20, 2019
Some Sydney #ClimateStrike signs!
“Kinda thought my death would be cooler than this.” pic.twitter.com/6eCdlBYDZJ
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) September 20, 2019
— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) September 20, 2019
— susan banki (@susanbanki) September 20, 2019
— Emma 🗡 (@edjenko) September 20, 2019
— PWD Australia (PWDA) (@PWDAustralia) September 20, 2019
— J Λ M Ξ S (@jamesglynn) September 20, 2019
— Rachel Owen 🍄 📷 (@rachelowenmedia) September 20, 2019
The climate crisis is a serious issue but the way we deal with it can be made fun. Lightheartedness is something that prevents activists from suffering the gravest bouts of burnout, making activism a positive and healing experience.
As you prepare for this year’s climate action rallies, use jokes on your protest signs to bring people closer, point out the absurdities in opposing argument, and make your climate messaging easier and fun to remember.