Don’t miss this speech given to the UN Climate Change C0P24 Conference by Greta Thunberg.
Last year, Greta started skipping school on Fridays to sit outside the Swedish parliament, holding a sign that said: “School strike for the climate.” She has inspired a worldwide movement of people too young to vote. This month she spoke to the EU leaders at Strasbourg.
Greta is the daughter of Swedish Opera Singer, Malena Ernman, and author/actor Svante Thunberg. Her parents did not support her strike at first. She got the idea when an essay she wrote on climate change was named a winner in a contest by a Swedish newspaper. After the article was published, she was contacted by Bo Thorén of Fossil Free Daisland, and they, along with other activists, brainstormed how to bring more attention to the climate crisis. She got the idea of a school strike idea from the protests by students in Florida, who refused to go to school after the Parkland shootings. She tried to get others to join her. When no one would, she started a school strike by herself.
According to her mother, she has not received any money for her efforts.
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