“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
Those are the words of Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old high school student whose protests outside the Swedish parliament building helped spark the ongoing student strikes for the climate throughout Europe and Australia. As Jake Woodier of the Youth Climate Coalition, which helps coordinate the strikes in Great Britain, told the Guardian: “The images of what Greta did and then the huge strikes by schoolchildren in other countries have been widely shared by young people on social media and have really inspired people.”
This explosion of global youth climate justice activism is an encouraging development. And things are building in the United States, as groups like Zero Hour and U.S. Youth Climate Strike emulate students around the world and are organizing climate strikes here. As U.S. Youth Climate Strike announces in their defiant “Why We Are Striking” statement: “We are running out of time, and we won’t be silent any longer.”
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