#Poland, March 18, 2019 – Students around the world are skipping classes and are asking ‘what is the point of getting an education if there is no world within which to use that knowledge?’
The global movement dubbed #SchoolStrike4Climate continues to spread and it has forced heavyweight politicians to pay attention to the heavy burden of climate change; serious attention, finally.
Amazingly, the revolution which has elevated the dire need for solutions and resolutions to curtail a burning, raging planet started with a 15-year-old teenager of Switzerland.
With two prettily braided pig-tails hanging long over her checkered shirt, a stern-faced Greta Thunberg stood before the panel of countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland.
The young student told the curious onlookers that “I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it does not matter what we do. But I’ve learned that you are never too small to make a difference and if a few children can get headlines all over the world by not going to school, then imagine what we could all together if we really wanted to.”
The speech is powerful. Nothing and yet everything a child should be saying about the planet she wants to live to see, that she wants her children and grand-children to be able to enjoy. Greta pointed fingers in that speech, without apology and made bold statements which have compelled hundreds of thousands of young people to join the School Strike for Climate Change movement and the momentum is showing no sign of slowing down.
“You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money,” said Greta at the UN conference held in December 2018.
For Greta Thunberg, the fight started at parliament in her country in August 2018.
Today it has morphed to include 88 demonstrations around the world, where students gathered in numbers from one person to over 300,000 people.