A little more than half a year ago, a Swedish schoolgirl first came out with a single picket to the parliament building and refused to go to school until politicians began to comply with the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, about 1.5 million people joined her protest, and Greta herself claims the Nobel Peace Prize.
Fridays for the Future
On August 20, 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg decided that she would not go to school until politicians paid attention to the problem of drought and forest fires in Sweden caused by global warming. Before the parliamentary elections in the country then remained about three weeks. Greta took a homemade poster with the slogan Skolstrejk For Klimate (“School Strike for Climate”) and a pack of printed flyers with a short text explaining why she sat down at school in the Riksdag building: “We, children, often do not listen to what adults tell us to do. . We act like adults. And if you, adults, don't give a damn about my future, then don't give a damn about me either. My name is Greta, and I'm in the ninth grade. And I refuse to go to school until the parliamentary elections in the country. ”
On the same day, the girl at the Riksdag began to write in social networks. By the end of the week, a few dozen people joined the protest, some members of parliament expressed their support for Greta, and the leading Swedish media and local television spoke about the strike.
On September 8, the day before the elections, Greta announced that she was not going to stop, and announced Friday for the Future, calling on everyone to join her fight and hold protest actions at parliament buildings in all countries (this was inspired by the campaign against arms which was started by students from Florida after 17 people were shot at school). The idea was supported by young people all over the world, young caring activists began to publish reports on their actions in instagram under the hashtag #Fridaysforfuture.
“Some people may just let things go their way, but not me. Especially when it comes to things that bother or sadden me. When I was younger, teachers at school showed us films about plastic in the ocean, about the fact that because of global warming, polar bears are starving, and so on. I cried when it looked. My classmates also worried, but when the film ended, they could safely go about their business. I can't do that. These shots are just stuck in my head, ”Thunberg told The Guardian.
“Being different from everyone is a gift,” says Greta. - My peculiarity allows me to think outside the box and look at the world categorically, to see it in black and white. So I understand more clearly what is bad and what is good. And if I were like everyone else, I, for example, would not start a strike. ”
Greta does not try to please everyone and says what is on her mind. Journalists who spoke with her during her Friday strikes write the following about her: “Ironic, harsh. Sometimes sarcastic. The complete opposite of those about whom they say "sweet."
What does Greta Thunberg want?
Greta’s intention is to arouse people’s concerns, especially politicians, about climate change and give the problem as much publicity as possible.
“I don't want you to hope for the best. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear that I feel every day. And then they began to act. “If your house is on fire, you do not sit down at the table and do not talk about how to build it again,” she said at the economic forum in Davos. - When your house is on fire, you run out into the street and call the fireman. This is the style of thinking that we should have. ”
Greta plans to strike until the Government of Sweden takes the necessary measures to ensure that the average temperature increase on the planet is within 2 ° C. Greta did not take these figures from the ceiling - these requirements were developed by scientists for the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, and they are quite real. To achieve such a result Thunberg proposes a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 15%, as prescribed by the agreement.
According to Thunberg herself, about one and a half million people from more than 50 countries joined the Fridays for Future movement. About 2,000 actions were held in 123 countries on all continents, including Antarctica, following the example of Greta, schoolchildren and adults take to the streets of their cities one by one and in groups to draw attention to the problem of global warming.
I-D magazine called Greta Thunberg the voice of a generation; Time included her on the list of the 100 most influential people of 2019, along with Michelle Obama and New Zealand Prime Minister Jasinda Ardern. About the girl wrote The Guardian, New Yorker and a dozen other respected publications. Greta Thunberg also took part in the UN conference, became a guest speaker at Ted x Stockholm and will soon be releasing the book No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference - a collection of her main speeches. And this is not even half of the list of its achievements over the past year.