Greta Thunberg and youth climate protests return

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Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is back. She joined other protesters outside Sweden’s parliament on Friday to kick off a day of physically distant global climate protests.”The main hope is, as always, to try to have an impact on the level of awareness and on public opinion so that people start to become more aware,” the 17-year-old told reporters.

The coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement Thunberg inspired from holding its mass gatherings in recent months, reducing its public profile.

Thunberg began her solo protests outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on August 20, 2018. Students around the world quickly began to follow her lead, regularly staging large protests, and she was invited to speak to political and business leaders at the time. UN conferences and the annual world conference. Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Environmental activists place an image of tied hands around the world to coincide with global climate change protests in Quezon City, the Philippines on Friday. The group organized the rally to call on governments around the world to take action towards environmental sustainability to avoid the impacts of climate change. (Aaron Favila / The Associated Press)

Thunberg’s outspoken words to presidents and prime ministers, peppered with scientific facts about the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have earned him praise and accolades, but also occasional criticism and even criticism. death threats.

They demand that lawmakers stick to the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord that calls on rich and poor countries to take action to curb rising global temperatures that are melting glaciers, raising the level of the sea. sea ​​and changes precipitation patterns. It obliges governments to present national emission reduction plans to limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2 C.

On Friday, climatic events are also taking place elsewhere in the world. Some are planned for cities across Canada, including Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver.

The protests began earlier in the Arctic, when British activist and ornithologist Mya-Rose Craig stood on a piece of ice detached from the ice cap.

Cyclists attend a Friday for the Future protest rally near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday. (Michael Sohn / The Associated Press)

The 18-year-old bird lover and founder of the non-profit organization Black2Nature said she believed it was the northernmost climate strike in history. Her group encourages children from disadvantaged neighborhoods from black and ethnic minorities to explore nature.

“Being on a small pack ice like this and floating in the middle of a sea of ​​slush really reminded me of how delicate the Arctic is,” she said on Sunday from the northern Norwegian archipelago. Svalbard.

“I think the youth strike movement is amazing because it has brought so much energy to the anti-climate change movement where suddenly hundreds of thousands of young people around the world have a voice, and they are using it. “

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