Inspiration: Student Climate Strikes in Europe February 25 2019, 0 Comments

In August 2018 a 16-year old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, started a school strike for the climate. For several weeks she sat alone in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to get the attention of the politicians. A small but growing number joined Greta’s protest each Friday. The crowd didn't reach more than a couple of hundred student; however, the movement spread outside Sweden and has by now reached monumental proportions.

Greta Thunberg in front of Swedish Parliament

Schoolchildren in Belgium joined in a protest march of tens of thousands on the streets of Brussels every Thursday. Martin Forsen, International Affairs, NIBE Climate Solutions, reported he was in Brussels recently when Greta was there to give a speech and press conference with the political leaders in the EU. Around 100,000 people joined in the Thursday march through Brussels.

The "Greta Movement" seems to be unstoppable and has spread to the US, with the Sunrise Movement gearing up for a Nationwide Green New Deal Day of Action on February 26. Watch Greta's moving February 21, 2019 speech on YouTube.

Thank you to Martin Forsen for his first-hand account.

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