Thunberg pushes climate activism forward


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Greta Thunberg

     From New York City to Abuja, Nigeria, more than five thousand of protests happened September 20 and 27 to call out corporations and governments for inaction on climate change. Much of the attention centered around this globally coordinated campaign focuses on an unexpected figure, a Swedish sixteen year old activist with Aspergers named Greta Thunberg. The movement was started when she began skipping school every Friday and has now spread to one of the biggest coordinated global protests to ever take place. 
     Recently, Thunberg traveled to the United States on a sailboat to testify in front of Congress. Thunberg’s testimony was only eight sentences long, but the speech emphasized the importance of action on the global threat of climate change.
     “I know you’re trying, but just not hard enough,” Thunberg said in her testimony. Additionally, she attached a report on global warming, saying “I am attaching this report because I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action.” 
     For some, young activists represent a change in the political landscape movements centered around calling out negligent politicians for their inaction on large issues.
     “It’s about time our generation stood up because everyone else has been sitting idly by,” Raddek Thomas, senior, said.
    Even with the massive protests being planned across the globe, it’s unlikely the United States government will take any meaningful change as a result.
     Kat Horrigan, junior and president of the environmental club, says it’s still worth it to protest. “It is [still worth it] because talking about the issue raises more awareness and awareness can help individual people cut back and look at their impact,” Horrigan said.
     Though the eventual impact of the climate strike is still yet to be seen, the image of millions taking to the streets to protest global inaction on climate change will force world leaders to consciously make the decision that they will not work to solve the problem. Hopefully, the public which elects such leaders will take note.