Although all eyes have been on the Juliana vs. United States legal action in the U.S ( given the go-ahead again on November 2, according to Inside Climate News ), other young people are taking up the fight against climate change. In September, after record heat and forest fires in Sweden, Greta Thurnberg began to skip school to demonstrate outside the Swedish Parliament buildings, and, using the hashtag #Fridays for Future , is calling for people to demonstrate in solidarity at their own government’s buildings on Fridays – read “The Swedish 15 year old who’s cutting class to fight the climate crisis” in The Guardian for more.
Greta has become a Nordic celebrity, and her protest has spread. Australian kids from 8 to 15 began their own campaign on November 7, with a call for a nation-wide strike on November 30 – Updates and news are at #School Strike 4 Climate (the website is here) .
In Canada, an 11-year old in Sudbury Ontario credits Greta for inspiration and began striking from school in November, as reported by the Sudbury Star in “Young climate activist to strike Friday in Sudbury” (Nov. 2) and “Activism runs in the blood for Sudbury student “ (Nov.8) . The article quotes her as asking: “If adults don’t care about our future why should I? What is the point of going to school?”
Further inspiration also comes from (slightly older) young adults in Canada, in “Meet 2018’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability” in Corporate Knights magazine (Nov. 6). It profiles young adults from 16 – 29 who have rolled up their sleeves in a variety of green projects, organizations, and businesses.