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Here’s How You Can Participate in the Global Student Climate Strike this Month

Sixteen-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Greta Thunberg’s climate strike reaches India this week

Rolling Stone India
Rolling Stone India May 23, 2019

Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist delivers her speech during the demonstration 'Fridays for Future' in Piazza del Popolo, on April 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Photo:Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

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After the success of the first Global Student Climate Strike in the week of March 15th, 2019, environmental movement FridaysForFuture will return for a second globally synchronized student strike scheduled for May 24th. Previously, the protest event saw at least 1.6 million students in more than 125 countries, including India, participate. This month the numbers are slated to be even bigger–with 133 strikes across India alone–in cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Srinagar and more.

Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg started FridaysForFuture after observing major political inaction on the current global climate crisis. She began the initiative in August 2018 by sitting in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest the alarming lack of action.

After grabbing the eyeballs of media from around the globe, Thunberg went on to deliver a speech at the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference on December 12th, 2018, where significant figures in the industry– including Sir David Attenborough and Al Gore–were present. Her speech (which went viral) directly addressed the leaders of the world, saying, “You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children… You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” Thunberg was 15-years-old at the time.

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Due to Thunberg’s actions, the fight to save the environment is being taken on successfully by younger generations. Students based in India who want to make a difference by participating in FridaysForFuture can find where the strike is taking place in their city here and by registering at their website.

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