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SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE goes global

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Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a 16 year old climate activist.

In August 2018, then 15 years old, she became a prominent figure for starting the first  school strike for climate, outside the Swedish parliament building raising awareness of global warming.

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When you are really worried about something , when you are passionate about something, it is possible to be a 16 years old woman and speak to adults at TEDXStockholm or addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

It is possible to be 16 years old and begin a global SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE.


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Image from LIVESCIENCE – Global Warning

On 20th August 2018, after a Summer full of heat waves and wildfires in Sweden, Greta decided not to attend school until the celebration of the 2018 Sweden general election, that happened on the 9th of September later that year . Her demands to the Swedish goverment were the reduction of carbon emissions and she made clear her protest by sitting each day during school hours outside the Tiksdag with the sign SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE.

After the general elections, she continued to strike only on Friday, which have gained Worldwide attention.

All around the world students are ditching school to demand action on Climate Change.

They are young, but they know that we are facing a climate emergency. Time is running out.

What about us, adults? Why are we looking away?

Currently, thousands of students around the world are following her lead, dedicating Fridays for Future.

On December 2018 more than 20.000 students held strikes in at least 270 cities in countries around the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Canada and Japan.

Image from David Suzuki Foundation – What is climate change?

Last Wednesday Greta spoke at the EU parliament and this is how she introduced herself : “My name is Greta Thunberg and I am a climatic activist” facing to Jean-Claude Juncker, and the other politicians. She said: “Most politicians do not want to talk to us. Okay, we do not want to talk to them either. We want you to talk to the scientists, to listen to them, because we repeat what they have been saying for decades.”

English transcription available here.

All around the world students are ditching school to demand action on climate change. It is the world upside down, kids trying to convey the adults the urgency of the situation and the need for a major change.

Are we going to stay still or take a step forward and defend the planet, our planet, their future planet, with them?

On March the 15th there is a global strike in defense of the climate.

It is their future, and they are our kids.

Kids are calling us to fight against Climate Change.

Let’s join them!

You can follow them by searching on social media the hagstag #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike

Thank you girls and boys for waking us up !

And last but not least, Greta has been diagnosed with Asperger syndromeOCD, and selective mutism. Greta is not normal, she is extraordinary.

This post has been inspired by the awesome IG account @soynuriaperez

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