Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old Swedish activist, on Wednesday called for a global climate strike. The day of action is set for Friday at “your school” or “anywhere you feel called.”
Thunberg, who’s made headlines for her now-weekly school strikes to urge her home country to take bold climate action, made the call from Katowice, Poland, where she’s attending the COP24 climate talks, now in their second week.
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Unfortunately, she said in her video announcing the strike, “as of now, there are no signs of commitment to climate action.”
“Our emissions are still increasing. At the same time… the science has clearly told us that we need to act now to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming,” she continued. “Whoever you are, wherever you are, we need you now to stand outside your parliament or local government office to let them know that we demand climate action.”
Her call has already gotten support from noted author and climate activist Bill McKibben. Praising her “terrific idea,” McKibben said that while it’s no small ask to urge young people to walk out of their classrooms, “kids who are in school today are going to spend the next 70 or 80 years dealing with an overheated world.”
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