That’s Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old, protesting against climate change outside the Swedish Parliament on her first day, she decided to skip school. According to the weforum.org “ This map shows an estimated 1.5 million school students conduct strikes against climate change.”
How it all started?
Greta was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at much younger age. This made her worry and care for things, most people tend to forget/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’
That’s how Greta began her worldwide movement. Every Friday no matter how the weather panned out, she decided to protest against climate change till the Swedish elections.
Greta decided to stand up and make a difference, even when she learnt she had to do it by herself.
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
“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 India
There are multiple cities participating in the movement, with schools and student groups from metropolitans like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Gurugram, to smaller cities like Bhavnagar in Gujarat, Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, and Udaipur in Rajasthan to villages in Bihar, voicing their concern over the planet’s fate.News 18
Nothing makes me happier seeing this movement reach India .
It perfectly describes our inaction towards climate change focusing on things that really won’t make a difference just like how we studied the Pythagoras Theorem. I am still yet to use that in life.