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Civil disobedience: the school strikes
With the aim of forcing action on climate change, school strikes started in August 2018 with the lone protest of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (then 15 years old) missing school and protesting outside the Swedish parliament. She has been protesting every Friday since then.
ProgressHer protest started as a lone protester, but others have joined both in Sweden and around the world and by February 2019 there were tens of thousands of school strikers in dozens of countries, and Greta Thunberg had given a TED talk , spoken at the UN talks in Katowice in December 2018 , at Davos in January 2019 , and at the European Economic and Social Committee in February 2019 .
At the protests of 15 March 2019, there were around 1.5 million children protesting at 2083 locations in 125 countries on every continent of the world.
The messageThe main message is that politicians have failed, time is running out, and urgent action is required.
Links Greta Thunberg: TED Talk (Dec 2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAmmUIEsN9A&feature=youtu.be
 Greta Thunberg at Katowice (Dec 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1znxp8b65E
 Greta Thunberg at Davos (Jan 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7dVF9xylaw
 Greta Thunberg at the EU (Feb 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVeYOPJZ8oc&feature=youtu.be
UK Student Climate Network https://ukscn.org
First published: Mar 2019
Last updated: 28 Mar 2019