A 16 years old
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tells the global leaders that they have
not acted to achieve climate change and now, the responsibility has been taken
by school children.
On March 15, school children from about 40 countries will
walk out of their classrooms to show their support by participating what has
become known as ‘school strikes’ against climate change inaction, as Reuters
The climate advocacy group 350.org claims the count of countries joining the strike on Friday is even higher,
with children from 72 countries committed to participating.
The school strike movement was inspired by
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has been striking from school every Friday
since last August to stand outside the Swedish parliament building and demand
that her home country adhere to the Paris agreement on climate change.
In a speech at the COP24 climate talks in
Katowice, Poland last December, then-15-year-old Thunberg castigated global
leaders for their decades of inaction on climate change: You only
speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being
unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got
us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the
emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that
burden you leave to us children.
speech underscored that climate change is, ultimately, a children’s issue,
since her generation will face the consequences of inaction:
The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have
children, maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about
you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time