It started with just one girl.
And now today, hundreds of thousands of students are expected to walk out of schools in more than 100 countries around the world to protest global government inaction on climate change.
That one girl, Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede, sparked a movement last year when she protested — by herself — outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, urging the Swedish government to adhere to its Paris Agreement promises. She has also walked out of school on Fridays to further her protest and call attention to the movement. Since then, thousands have followed her lead, using hashtags like #YouthStrike4Climate #ClimateStrike and #FridaysForFuture to bring attention to their school walkouts, primarily on Fridays.
Another teen, American Alexandria Villasenor, has also walked out of school every Friday since December to protest in front of the United Nations.
This youth-led movement is indicative of how young people are willing to speak truth to power when it comes to the health and future of the planet.
Consider Thunberg, who has been a catalyst for change through her bravery and willingness to take on public- and private-sector leaders on the issues around global warming and the climate crisis. As many of the world’s elite flew into Davos this past January on private jets, Thunberg made the journey to the exclusive Swiss retreat in a 30+-hour train ride, and when she arrived, she blasted attendees for their inaction. “At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories. But their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag.” She later added this remotely hopeful message: “Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around — we can still fix this. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. Because it is.”
Already, strikes in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania have rallied thousands, and the strikes are set to start soon in North and South America.
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