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Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ | Environment | The Guardian
One day last summer, aged 15, she skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movement
Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.
Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.
On 15 March, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”
A year ago, this was unimaginable. Back then, Thunberg was a painfully introverted, slightly built nobody, waking at 6am to prepare for school and heading back home at 3pm. “Nothing really was happening in my life,” she recalls. “I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.”
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ | Environment | The Guardian
One day last summer, aged 15, she skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movement
Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.
Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.
On 15 March, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”
A year ago, this was unimaginable. Back then, Thunberg was a painfully introverted, slightly built nobody, waking at 6am to prepare for school and heading back home at 3pm. “Nothing really was happening in my life,” she recalls. “I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.”
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Global Climate Strike: Pictures From Around The World
Hundreds of thousands of school students across the world are today skipping class and taking to the streets to demand politicians take action to tackle climate change.
Today's Global Climate Strike is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement that has already seen teenagers in a host of countries go on strike.
The movement began with 16-year-old environment activist Greta Thunberg, who in August last year started skipping school on Fridays to protest outside Sweden's parliament.
Scientists agree that human-made climate change is a real and urgent threat, one that's already playing out in the form of rising seas and warming temperatures.
According to Thunberg's latest update, strikes and marches are planned in 105 countries today, including what is expected to be the first large-scale events in the US.
"Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes," she wrote on Twitter. "Adults are more than welcome to join us."
This is what the protest looks like around the globe.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Turn off the Furnace! NYC Youth Join Global Climate Protest - WhoWhatWhy
Students in New York City skipped class Friday to join the Youth Climate Strike US — part of a worldwide movement of young people demanding legislative action to address climate change. Organizers estimate the strikes drew more than a million students in 125 countries.
The US movement drew inspiration from school strikes in Europe. The strikes began after 16-year-old Greta Thunberg demonstrated in front of the Sweden Parliament every Friday last year.
Alexandria Villasenor, 13, co-founder of Youth Climate Strike US, has demonstrated alone in front of the United Nations headquarters since December.
Villasenor was born and raised in California, where she experienced the impact of extreme drought and wildfires. After learning that climate change was the main factor behind them, she felt impelled to act.
“If your child was trapped in a room that was getting hotter and hotter, risking the life of your child, what would you do?” Villasenor said during the protest in Central Park West. “You turn it off. We are trapped and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”
New York students held protests at several locations. First, they went to City Hall in Brooklyn, and then to Columbus Circle in Manhattan. From there, they marched to the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West.    
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Students stage global protest to speak out on climate change inaction - The Boston Globe
Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday to protest their governments’ failure to act against global warming as part of the “Fridays for Future” movement. The event was inspired by youth activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
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