An international youth movement is growing across the European Union and around the world, led by students who are leaving school on Fridays to demand action on climate change.
The #FridaysforFuture movement was seeded last August when activist Greta Thunberg began skipping classes on Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament building. Her example and subsequent speech at the United Nations in December has galvanized tens of thousands of students to strike each Friday in a growing number of countries around the world, including Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Britain, Australia, and the United States.
“What is the point of learning facts when the most important facts given by the finest scientists are ignored by our politicians?” asks Greta. “Why study a future, which may not be there?”
For an overview of the movement check out this article.
Something in this young woman’s message is capturing attention and galvanizing action in a unique and powerful way.
What do you experience in hearing her words: Inspiration? Humility? Possibility? Outrage? Share your thoughts in the comments below.