Schoolchildren across the world skipped classes Friday to protest the lack of global action against climate change.
Much of the inspiration for the worldwide “school strike” was drawn from internationally acclaimed climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has been skipping school for months now to protest climate change on the steps of the Swedish parliament building.
Thunberg has recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in light of her direct action, including the speeches she’s given to the United Nations and in Davos.
Her actions inspired thousands of children and teens across the world to rally together in the face of global inaction against what many scientists have called the greatest threat to humanity’s future.
While governments around the world continue to drag their feet when it comes to radical climate policy, some leaders are beginning to support the movement, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.
The Trump administration, on the other hand, is gearing up to open massive swaths of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling in federally controlled coastal waters up to 200 nautical miles from shore.
“One of the things I have found absolutely thrilling in working for this administration is the president has a knack for keeping the attention of the media and the public focused somewhere else while we do all the work that needs to be done on behalf of the American people.”Joe Balash, assistant secretary for land and minerals management
“And yes, we do need hope, of course we do. But the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.”Greta Thunberg