That’s Greta Thunberg in the yellow overcoat. She’s a 16 year old protesting outside the Swedish Parliament against climate inaction. She skipped school and decided to build momentum on the issue.
According to the weforum.org “ the map shows an estimated 1.5 million school students conduct strikes against climate change.”
How it all started?
At a young age Greta was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Instead of being debilitated by this syndrome, she made it her strength as it made her worry and care for things, most people tend to forget or ignore.
I remember when I was younger, and in school, our teachers showed us films of plastic in the ocean, starving polar bears and so on. I cried through all the movies. My classmates were concerned when they watched the film, but when it stopped, they started thinking about other things. I couldn’t do that. Those pictures were stuck in my head.”Greta Thunberg
‘Friday’s for Future’
Inspired by the documentary ‘Plastic Ocean’, that talked about the impacts and future of single used plastic in destroying marine life. She decided to begin a nation wide movement. She made it a point to strike every Friday no matter how the weather panned out to bring about change in policy.
That’s how ‘Fridays For Future’ was born.As days passed by, more people joined her on her journey.
In the U.S. alone, some 100,000 young people were participating in at least 400 separate protests in all 50 states,USA Today
And that’s the very thing that inspired me, she decided to stand up and make a difference, even when she learnt she had to do it by herself.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”The Guardian
Greta managed to spark protest in my own very country,India. We got different stakeholders such as teachers and students groups from metropolitan cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Gurugram, to smaller cities like Bhavnagar in Gujarat, Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, and Udaipur in Rajasthan to villages in Bihar, talking about the climate change.
Nothing makes me happier seeing this movement reach India .
I think there’s nothing better than this quote to sum up our inaction towards climate change.
We really ought to focus on things that matter in the end. We need to implement a climate change into syllabus, to start a dialogue. I am still figuring out when I will use the Pythagoras Theorem in life.