“Can you hear me?”

The world is listening. Organizers estimate that on March 15, a remarkable 1.6 million people in 133 countries participated in a climate strike inspired by Thunberg’s solo action—mostly students who walked out of school for a few minutes, an hour or a full day of protest. Since then, the walkouts have continued, with students around the world united by the #FridaysForFuture and #YouthStrike4Climate hashtags. As well as spreading across Europe, the U.S. and Australia, students in Global South countries experiencing severe effects of climate change such as Brazil, Uganda and India have taken action too, following Thunberg’s lead. In the words of Parkland student Emma González, Thunberg’s way of “inspiring steadfast students and shaming apathetic adults” has turned her single idea into a worldwide movement. “There’s a massive intergenerational injustice here,” said 18-year-old U.K. strike organizer Anna Taylor, at the London leg of the global school strike on March 15. “Striking is the only way to make our voices heard.”

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Paris, France, February 22, 2019. Youth demonstration for the climate in the framework of the global “Friday for Future” movement, school strike for the climate, with Greta Thunberg, accompanied by Belgian and Swedish high school students. Greta Thunberg and Kyra Gantois.


Climate activist Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg shakes hands with Pope Francis during the weekly audience at Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican in this still image taken from a video, April 17, 2019. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS