Youth Climate Strike

Image/Tasmanian Times

Image/Tasmanian Times

The youth of the world have been raising their voices and taking action in big ways. The March For Our Lives and National Walkout Day have shown the power of the youth around the world. On March 15, 2019 students around the word skipped school and joined the Strike For Climate, a protest led by students, in protest of Climate Change Inaction.

Temperatures are rising and so are the voices of the world's youth. The Youth Strike For Climate was started by 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg from Sweden. Thunberg used social media to jump-start the movement. She used hashtags such as #FridaysForFuture, #ClimateStrike, and #SchoolStrike4Climate to share the fact that there's limited time left to reverse the effects of climate change and to get youth involved. Just recently Greta Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest person ever to be nominated for this award.

Strikes were held internationally in over 120 countries and over 1.4 million people attended. I attended my local strike in Albany, New York. I was nervous about attending at first because I didn’t know who or if anyone would show up,  but I attended anyway. At my local strike over 200 kids were there. Kids just like me came out from various school districts around my area to show their support. It was empowering to be surrounded by 200 people that feel so strongly about the same topic I do and are just as passionate about making a difference in this world. Not only were kids there but local politicians also came out to speak and show their support. The strike really showed me the power of people coming together peacefully to make a difference. If the youth of this world keep raising their voices and standing up for what they believe, I have no doubt in my mind that change will be made.