In Sweden, a school girl is on strike from school to raise climate awareness

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What to do if you’re 15-years-old, worry about the environment and feel that adults do not take climate change seriously?

The Swedish girl Greta Thunberg has taken the matter in her own hands. Since Monday morning, August 20th, she has been “on strike” from her school and instead taken a seat in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.

The 15-year-old girl is sitting in front of the Parliament with a sign reading ‘School Strike for the Climate’.

“It is worrying that nobody knows we are in a crisis and no-one knows what this crisis entails,” said Greta Thunberg to Danish TV2 about the background of the strike.

“I have to do what I can – it’s my moral responsibility,” she continued.

Other students follow her example

Greta Thunberg says she will sit in front of the Parliament every day during school hours until the election on September 9th 2018.

With her she has schoolbooks so she does not get too much behind. And in front of her strike, she has put a number of fact sheets about the climate plus a message for the adults and the politicians:

“We children do not usually do what you tell us to do. We do as you do. And since you shit on my future, I’ll do the same.”

The 15-year-old calls on the politicians in the Swedish election campaign to put the climate issue on the agenda. An invitation that has so far affected some of her peers.

On day two of the strike, eight other school students have been sitting in front of the Parliament with her. Whether or not they also intend to strike until September 9th is unknown. But for Greta Thunberg, the plan is ready.

“I do not think there’s anything that can make me go home before time. It would only be if I got sick or something like that,” she told Danish TV 2.

“We children do not usually do what you tell us to do. We do as you do. And since you shit on my future, I’ll do the same.” – @GretaThunberg

Source: Danish TV2

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