Greta Thunberg is a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl who stopped going to school on Fridays in order to protest outside the Swedish Parliament. Greta is demanding that politicians take the science of global warming seriously and implement policies that will immediately and aggressively reduce our CO2 emissions. Although she began her protest alone, thousands and thousands of students and adults all around the world have joined her. At the recent COP24 talks in Poland she shared her disappointment with world leaders:
“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children.”
Greta’s movement has spread throughout Europe and school strikes in Australia have grown so large that they have made the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison look very old and grumpy.
Starting with Sophia Mathur in Sudbury, Canadian students have also joined the Fridaysforfuture movement! School strikes are now happening across the country in Victoria, Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver, Kitchener, Kingston, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Fredericton and Toronto. Starting an event in your city our neighbourhood is easy — all you need is a sign and yourself (and maybe some information to hand out to people who ask what you’re doing).