Last Friday 20th September, you might have noticed a large protest in the centre of your city, with many young people participating. Or, you might have seen footage of it, and other similar-looking protests in other cities around Australia, and in cities around the world. These protests have been inspired by a schoolgirl activist, Greta Thunberg, from Sweden, who has managed to galvanise schoolkids around the world to take time off school on a Friday to demand that their government, and those around the world, take urgent action on climate change.
It all grew from Greta’s one-girl strike on a Friday afternoon in August outside the Swedish parliament. There, she sat on the stairs, and held up a hand-written sign that said ‘School strike for the climate’. A year on, and her influence and her number of followers have massively multiplied. The School Strike for Climate is today one of the most far-reaching movements among young people across the world. The movement is fiercely agitating to make governments listen to the voices of the younger generation, because they are literally feeling fear for their future on this planet.