A thorough resource to use as an introduction to the climate strikes happening on March 15th is the Nation’s On March 15th, the Climate Kids Are Coming. “On March 15, tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is.”
For those who have not heard about the #strike4climate or #Fridays4 Future that is sweeping across Europe, it started with Swedish student, Greta Thunberg. Thunberg, inspired by the high-school students from Parkland, Florida, decided to protest her government’s slow response to climate change by sitting outside Parliament with a handmade sign that said: “School Strike For Climate”. And so it began. Beware of youth bearing signs. A BBC journalist covered Thunberg’s protest, and thanks to the viral nature of the media, the youth climate strike spread to Australia.
Meanwhile, in New York City, 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor followed Thunberg and every Friday she skipped her classes to occupy a bench outside the United Nations headquarters with a sign proclaiming “School Strike 4 Climate.” In Teen Vogue’s article Meet Alexandria Villaseñor we learn that Alexandria has been picketing at the U.N. to help build U.S. support for a school strike movement that has been surging among European students for months. Partly inspired by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, who told world leaders at a U.N. climate change summit in December that “change is coming whether they like it or not,” Alexandria says she’s undertaken her strike to fight for her own future.”
Now Villaseñor is among the leading organizers of the March 15 strikes planned in the United States.
Strikes in Europe have reached the thousands, with students marching and striking from countries such as Germany, Sweden, Brussels, Belgium, and Switzerland.
“Adults keep saying, ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope,’” Thunberg said at Davos. “But I don’t want your hope…. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire. Because it is.”
In the article How Greta Thunberg’s Lone Strike Against Climate Change Became a Global Movement, Thunberg states, “I tried to bring people along to join me, but no one was really interested, and so I had to do it by myself.” Unexpectedly, her actions launched the #FridaysForFuture youth movement with thousands of students joining her.
For more information on the climate strike movement using Twitter, try the hashtags #strike4climate or #Friday4Future or #YouthStrike4Climate or follow some of the youth leaders such as: @sunrisemvmt @climatestrikeUS