So, you know how global climate change is slowly and methodically destroying our way of life, but our leaders aren’t doing anything about it? I mean, it’s literally the largest threat to the future of our planet and the fact that we don’t routinely have mass demonstrations across the world is kind of strange, right?
Well that just changed. Meet Greta Thunberg.
In 2018, she demonstrated ALONE on the steps of Swedish parliament to bring more attention to our collective inaction on climate change. She was 15 at the time.
Now she’s 16, and she just headed up a global school strike which saw hundreds of thousands of youth (and adults too) take to the streets across the world to hold rallies in over 2,000 locations in 123 countries.
Seriously, our children are definitely leading the way on this issue.
Thousands turned out in NYC:
We’ve filled up the park and more people are coming. pic.twitter.com/5GvDmNkmNd
— Paul Byron (@paulbyron13) March 15, 2019
In Milan, Italy:
@GretaThunberg this is Italy Greta!!! #FridaysForFuture ✌️? pic.twitter.com/QfDNUfjEh0
— Alessandro Gassmann ? (@GassmanGassmann) March 15, 2019
In Dublin, Ireland:
Holy mackerel, there are THOUSANDS of people here already, fantastic turnout in Dublin for #FridaysforFuture #schoolstrike #ActOnClimate #climatebreakdown pic.twitter.com/Y94rECkjGZ
— John Gibbons (@think_or_swim) March 15, 2019
In Copenhagen, Denmark…
10.000+ børn og unge til klimastrejke i København. De vil have en tryg og grøn fremtid. #klimastrejke #dengrønnestudenterbevægelse #FridaysForFuture @GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/WywEKHiY1l
— Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse (@GrGelse) March 15, 2019
In Ottawa, Canada:
Youth leading climate action in Ottawa, you’re an inspiration. #ClimateStrike #fridaysforfuture #ClimateAction #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/osSKf2OMC6
— Joshua Russell (@JRuss045) March 15, 2019
In Barcelona, Spain:
Hace una semana: 120 personas
Hoy #15MClimático: no cabe nadie más en Plaça Sant Jaume#FridaysForFuture #Barcelona #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/HwAeMrqNMT
— Dani ? Plaza (@danielph147) March 15, 2019
Also, in Madrid, Spain:
“No hay planeta B”, los jóvenes marcha por el clima en Madrid https://t.co/XYSPNqb6MR #fridaysforfuture #15mclimático #fridays4future pic.twitter.com/rqwe7InJ8r
— EFEverde (@EFEverde) March 15, 2019
In Lisbon, Portugal:
Oh boy, look what happened in Lisbon, Portugal.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/K1Ew1Zg4ey
— Angela Fay (@lifelearner47) March 15, 2019
In Helsinki, Finland…
@GretaThunberg today in Helsinki we had at least 5 000 young people marching and striking for their future! We haven’t seen anything like this in Finland???#ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/PTOqwkeQO0
— Atte Ahokas????? (@A_Ahokas) March 15, 2019
And over 25,000 in Berlin, Germany!
25.000 students flooded the streets of #Berlin today to demand #climatejustice! You‘re unstoppable, @FFF_Berlin! ✊? #FridaysForFuture #SchoolsStrike4Climate @FridayForFuture @Luisamneubauer @linus_steinmetz @GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/UtFhWk3fqa
— Lisa Göldner (@lisagoeldner) March 15, 2019
Feeling hopeful yet?
Well, how about seeing thousands show up in countries that don’t seem like they care about climate change as much.
In Hong Kong, China:
#ClimateStrikeHK: More photos of Hong Kong’s largest ever environmental protest in history!! Over a 1,000 kids and parents on the streets today! ??️ Well done!!!#FridaysForFuture #ClimateAction#YouthForClimate#ClimateEmergency #SchoolsStrike4Climate #SchoolStrike4Climate pic.twitter.com/GkGIfETKA7
— Alex Hofford (@alexhofford) March 15, 2019
In Delhi, India:
LIVE: Young climate warriors in Delhi are demanding Governments STOP COAL!
Act on Climate now!#SchoolStrikeForClimate #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture @9isM9 pic.twitter.com/SOHnuVz2Ah
— Greenpeace India (@greenpeaceindia) March 15, 2019
In Cape Town, South Africa:
Cape Town’s #SchoolStrike4Climate outside Parliament this afternoon. ?✊??⛰#FridaysForFuture #climatestrike pic.twitter.com/q6DBYez59u
— Jo Jackson (@jojacks0n) March 15, 2019
Folks, this is turning into a legit global phenomenon. And it is all thanks to one brave teen who just wouldn’t stand for inaction any longer.
You rock, Greta!