Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Greta Thunberg inspires global climate protests

Greta Thunberg inspires global climate protests

"Youth Strike 4 Climate Derry'" is being led by Foyle College student, 17-year-old Jodi Desmond, who has been inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who has called on students all over the world to strike on Fridays in protest against climate change. They need to know this so that they will actually do things.

"I support Holly in her weekly strikes because it is clear that she also understands the seriousness of what we are facing and what the future holds for her and her generation if governments do not take urgent action very soon".

Another, directed at Alabama's pro-life legislators, read "You fight so hard for us to have babies".

"We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation - especially communities of color, disabled communities, and low- income communities are already disproportionately impacted by climate change". It's time to take action.' I couldn't agree more.

Young people who have skipped school to join climate change protests across England have told the BBC there is no point in learning when their future is at risk. "We will continue to school strike until they do something". "If you can´t give us that (fresh air and water), you will not get our votes".

People could drive less, fly less, eat less meat, use less disposable stuff and use renewable energy more, and then we could burn less fossil fuel and reduce our carbon emissions. "Obviously, one strike isn't going to change everything, but this isn't the last strike", Hirsi said. I am so, so, so grateful for what you are doing, I can't put it into words.

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One of the photos shared by the 31-year-old featured a student holding a sign that read: "I am no longer accepting the things I can not change". Because by the year 2020 We need to have bended the (greenhouse gas) emission curve steeply downwards.

"We've come out for the same reason as last time".

What started out as a gathering outside Plymouth's Civic Centre turned into a protest through the streets when more than 100 students were told they were on private property.

Ever since Thunberg began her protest in August 2018, students in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Poland, Thailand, Colombia, and Uganda have staged similar school walkout protests to pressure government officials to look into climate change.

Perhaps even stronger was contribution she made on this issue during her TED talk referred to earlier.

Thousands marched through central London with banners reading "The future is in our hands" and "We're missing lessons to teach you one". It's true that one voice might not have an impact, but with the hundreds of thousands of voices that will be amplified [Friday] when hundreds of thousands of kids miss school and call for action now, I think that kind of disruption will show world leaders that they have to take action.

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