Meet the Amazing Young Activist Behind the Climate Strike Movement


Sammy Garcia, Environmental Columnist

Climate Strike in New York City on September 20, 2019

On September 20th, 2019 school children and adults alike gathered in the streets of major cities to call for global action on the climate crises. This strike made global news, as millions of people demanded acknowledgement and action from their governments. Who is the leader behind this massive movement? Meet Greta Thunberg, a sixteen year old climate activist from Sweden. Thunberg singlehandedly started the movement “Fridays for Future,” when in August 2018, she began sitting outside the Swedish Parliament every Friday to demand that they take stronger action against climate change. She started alone, with a sign that read “School Strike For Climate,” and a little over a year later millions are following in her footsteps.

Greta has faced much criticism and opposition, the most recent and shocking being from a conservative commentator who called her a “mentally-ill Swedish child,” referring to her Asperger’s. However, it is evident that Greta does not let the criticism stop her. At the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Greta gave an empowering speech crying for action. She called out world leaders in an emotional statement, “You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you.” This remarkable young woman has lit a flame of resistance in the hearts of the teenage generation, and she continues to be an inspiration of hope and leadership to many around the world.

Today, Greta is touring North America, attending climate strikes every Friday wherever she is. She shows no sign of stopping or even slowing down her activism until every government takes action against climate change, and the teenagers of the world will be behind her every step of the way.