Teen Activists Worldwide Prepare to Strike for Climate, Led by Thunberg

"The 16-year-old Swedish high school student speaks for millions of angry youth around the world who fear for their future as the planet warms."

"NEW YORK — Alessandro Dal Bon, a 15-year-old Manhattan high school student, is a newly minted organizer in a fast-growing global youth movement that's hoping to pull off the largest climate protest the world has ever seen, with demonstrations planned Friday in 120 countries and all 50 states. With the New York City public school system having told its 1.1 million students that their absences will be excused if they participate in the strike, there is no telling how large the protest could be in New York alone.

Dal Bon and other teens say they are scared by a rapidly warming planet and deeply concerned over what the future may bring. They know that the climate damage from greenhouse gas emissions—and the costs—will only grow if the world doesn't act now.

Like many others, Dal Bon was inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has galvanized the youth movement and is scheduled to lead a rally in New York on Friday."

Kristoffer Tigue reports for InsideClimate News September 19, 2019.


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Source: InsideClimate News, 09/20/2019