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Skolstrejk for klimatet means schools strike for the climate



INNOVATORS 15th March 2019 - Schools students in more than 2000 cities worldwide are on climate strike today. Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate) were the words on the placard young Swede Greta Thunberg, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, held high outside her school last year. That vital step has inspired a global movement of informed youngsters to stand with her in making it clear to policy makers that this is a generation that won’t tolerate climate inaction. This is the movement that can finally clear the bottle neck and accelerate the world towards a sustainable future. As Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres tweeted in response to the strike: ‘We need to heed their call’. #FridaysForFuture #climatestrike #ClimateAction






Greta needs protection against those she claims may be imitating her persona for profit. While we love her enthusiasm, it would not hurt to learn a bit more about economics, such as to be able to counter those attacking her weak areas of knowledge. Obviously, she is entering the commercial arena herself by seeking to trademark just about everything she is doing. Welcome to the real world. We hope that her recent moves to make money from the books she is now talking about, etc., does not cloud her judgment.




Greta Thunberg at the United Nations in Katowice, Poland 2018



Greta was 15 years old when she started striking and insisting that her so-called guardians might do something positive. Although she gave it her best shot, along with millions more schoolchildren around the world, the politicians and industrialists would not listen to reason. Climate deniers are likely to be responsible for the mass murder of seven billion people, in a climopic genocide built on a financial eugenics programme to make billions of dollars exploiting planet earth at the expense of the human population.





Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist known for having initiated the school strike for climate movement that formed in November 2018 and surged globally after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December the same year.


Her activism began in August 2018, when her recurring and solitary Skolstrejk för klimatet ("School strike for the climate") protesting outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm began attracting media coverage.


The school strikes for climate, also known variously as Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate, Climate Strike or Youth Strike for Climate, became an international movement of school students who take time off from class on Fridays to participate in demonstrations to demand action from political leaders to take action to prevent climate change and for the fossil fuel industry to transition to renewable energy.

Publicity and widespread organising began after Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg staged a protest in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" ("School strike for climate").






HOW MUCH IS THE EARTH HEATING UP - As of early 2017, the Earth had warmed by roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 1 degree Celsius) since 1880, when records began at a global scale. The number may sound low, but as an average over the surface of an entire planet, it is actually high, which explains why much of the world’s land ice is starting to melt and the oceans are rising at an accelerating pace. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, scientists say, the global warming could ultimately exceed 8 degrees Fahrenheit, which would undermine the planet’s capacity to support a large human population.












Recently I’ve seen many rumors circulating about me and enormous amounts of hate. This is no surprise to me. I know that since most people are not aware of the full meaning of the climate crisis (which is understandable since it has never been treated as a crisis) a school strike for the climate would seem very strange to people in general.

So let me make some things clear about my school strike.


In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis.

I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings.


I liked the idea of a school strike. So I developed that idea and tried to get the other young people to join me, but no one was really interested. They thought that a Swedish version of the Zero Hour march was going to have a bigger impact. So I went on planning the school strike all by myself and after that I didn’t participate in any more meetings.

When I told my parents about my plans they weren’t very fond of it. They did not support the idea of school striking and they said that if I were to do this I would have to do it completely by myself and with no support from them.


On the 20 of august I sat down outside the Swedish Parliament. I handed out fliers with a long list of facts about the climate crisis and explanations on why I was striking. The first thing I did was to post on Twitter and Instagram what I was doing and it soon went viral. Then journalists and newspapers started to come. A Swedish entrepreneur and business man active in the climate movement, Ingmar Rentzhog, was among the first to arrive. He spoke with me and took pictures that he posted on Facebook. That was the first time I had ever met or spoken with him. I had not communicated or encountered with him ever before.







Many people love to spread rumors saying that I have people ”behind me” or that I’m being ”paid” or ”used” to do what I’m doing. But there is no one ”behind” me except for myself. My parents were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation.

I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so.

And of course it will stay this way. I have not met one single climate activist who is fighting for the climate for money. That idea is completely absurd.


Furthermore I only travel with permission from my school and my parents pay for tickets and accommodations.

My family has written a book together about our family and how me and my sister Beata have influenced my parents way of thinking and seeing the world, especially when it comes to the climate. And about our diagnoses.


That book was due to be released in May. But since there was a major disagreement with the book company, we ended up changing to a new publisher and so the book was released in august instead.

Before the book was released my parents made it clear that their possible profits from the book ”Scener ur hjärtat” will be going to 8 different charities working with environment, children with diagnoses and animal rights.

And yes, I write my own speeches. But since I know that what I say is going to reach many, many people I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. I want everything to be absolutely correct so that I don’t spread incorrect facts, or things that can be misunderstood.







Some people mock me for my diagnosis. But Asperger is not a disease, it’s a gift. People also say that since I have Asperger I couldn’t possibly have put myself in this position. But that’s exactly why I did this. Because if I would have been ”normal” and social I would have organized myself in an organisation, or started an organisation by myself. But since I am not that good at socializing I did this instead. I was so frustrated that nothing was being done about the climate crisis and I felt like I had to do something, anything. And sometimes NOT doing things – like just sitting down outside the parliament – speaks much louder than doing things. Just like a whisper sometimes is louder than shouting.

Also there is one complaint that I ”sound and write like an adult”. And to that I can only say; don’t you think that a 16-year old can speak for herself? There’s also some people who say that I oversimplify things. For example when I say that “the climate crisis is a black and white issue”, ”we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases” and ”I want you to panic”. But that I only say because it’s true. Yes, the climate crisis is the most complex issue that we have ever faced and it’s going to take everything from our part to ”stop it”. But the solution is black and white; we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Because either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.

And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic.

There is one other argument that I can’t do anything about. And that is the fact that I’m ”just a child and we shouldn’t be listening to children.” But that is easily fixed – just start to listen to the rock solid science instead. Because if everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to – then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands of school children on strike for the climate across the world. Then we could all go back to school.

I am just a messenger, and yet I get all this hate. I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue.

And if you have any other concern or doubt about me, then you can listen to my TED talk (…/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_…/up-next ), in which I talk about how my interest for the climate and environment began. 


And thank you everyone for you kind support! It brings me hope. /Greta

Ps I was briefly a youth advisor for the board of the non profit foundation “We don’t have time”. It turns out they used my name as part of another branch of their organisation that is a start up business. They have admitted clearly that they did so without the knowledge of me or my family. I no longer have any connection to “We don’t have time”. Nor has anyone in my family. They have deeply apologised and I have accepted their apology.






GRETA THUNBERG - is a Swedish climate activist. At the COP24 climate talks in Poland, December 2018, Miss Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks. She is behind the global school strike created to call attention to climate change. She is a rebel. With a cause. Miss Thunberg was 15 and autistic and the newest, youngest and most powerful voice on the world stage demanding the world address global warming.




An unapologetic redhead writes on Sklostrejk for klimatet




AN UNAPOLOGETIC REDHEAD - Skolstrejk För Klimatet - September 23, 2019 


Our home is on fire, there is an emergency and the adults aren’t doing anything about it. 


World leaders watched as millions of people from all over the world gathered this week in co-ordinated climate strikes, begging for them to save our planet and stop climate change in its tracks. The person responsible for this sudden awakening? A sixteen year old girl from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, someone we should all look to as a true inspiration.


What started as a lone sixteen year old girl sat outside Swedish parliament buildings holding a placard reading ‘skolstrejk för klimatet’ (school strike for the climate) has now turned into the whole world holding up placards and demanding change. 


Our planet is dying, this is not normal and should not be considered a ‘phase’. The amazon (the lungs of the earth) is burning due to deforestation by MAN, animals are dying due to deforestation and poaching by MAN, the earth’s temperature is rising due to deforestation and raised carbon emissions by MAN. Man is responsible for this, the animals aren’t responsible, we are. 


So, why are we striking and protesting? Why are more of us becoming vegan and refusing to buy anything that isn’t sourced sustainably? Why are more of us sitting up and taking notice? Why are children as young as 5 years old suddenly taking responsibility for their future by going on school strike to protest climate change? 


Because the adults don’t want to. I don’t mean adults like you and I, I mean politicians, world leaders, billionaires and, business tycoons. These are the people with the power to change the world, yes we can protest, turn vegan, stop buying animal products etc but really that’s a tiny dent, a meaningful dent but still tiny. 


The temperature of the earth is reaching an irreversible point, a one to two degree drop plunged us into an ice age many many years ago, just think what this one degree rise is doing to us now and what a further one degree rise could do to us in the future. Winters are no longer cold, summers are becoming unbearably hot, hurricanes are getting more intense, the polar ice caps are disappearing, animals are dying from starvation and homelessness. I’m not afraid to admit that I cry over the future of the planet, I cry for the animals all over the world who didn’t ask for this. If you haven’t, please watch (sir) David Attenborough’s ‘Our Planet’, I cried through nearly every episode because one day none of it will exist and it will be our fault. Our recklessness and neglect for the world that we live in, full of beauty and wonder, destroyed by selfishness and greed. 


This is a call to the leaders of the world; act now. Stop warring, stop using your tanks and bombs and guns to prove a point and start looking after the home we all share. Stop taxing us and start taxing corporations, start imposing sanctions on countries that refuse to change their ways and contribute positively to the health of the planet. You’re the people with the power so start looking after the land we live on, the oceans we swim in and the animals that we love. Industry must continue but you must think of cleaner ways to produce things, it is your job to solve the problems that the common man can’t. Stop fracking, mining and trying to get into the earth’s core, put money into researching for an alternative to fossil fuels and stop being so cheap. Stop dredging oceans and over-fishing, stop dumping waste into the sea and suffocating the animals that call it home. With all the money you have spent on war, you could have been cleaning up the planet and cleaning up your act. 




Hampden Park, Eastbourne opening ceremony with Oliver Sterno



SCHOOLS CLIMATE ART - Local schools in and around Eastbourne in Sussex, took part in a competition to express themselves by drawing and painting posters for parks in the town - arranged by Oliver Sterno (former geography teacher) and other volunteers from Plastic Free Eastbourne, a group also concerned about climate change. The winner of this competition was 7 year old Jude James from Roselands. He's now at a different school.




What can we do? 


Stop buying goods imported from faraway countries ie. China. Spend a little bit more if you have to and shop local, put back into the economy and save the planet paying the price for your discount. 
Stop using products that aren’t sourced sustainably or are tested on animals. Don’t buy products with excess packaging and if you do, recycle. 


I’m not going to tell you to go Vegan, but please think about where your food is coming from. 
Take part in clean up days, clean up the land, sea and air


Wherever you can, walk or take public transport instead of driving. One less car on the road can lead to many less cars on the road and make a small change. 


Don’t give up, don’t ever think “What is the point?”. The point is, we are taking responsibility for our children’s future, meaning they can enjoy being children. 


Those are just a few very simple examples, there are many more things we can do and you can find them on , or . 


This planet is our home, but it’s only a temporary home for us because we’re just visitors passing by until our time here comes to an end. The earth will outlive us, hopefully, and though her place in the universe is undetermined, one thing for sure is that she is a rarity. She is a biological wonder and one of the only eco-systems capable of supporting life as we know it, so we shouldn’t be destroying her, we should be nurturing her and learning. We mustn’t disregard the lives of the animals and indigenous tribes that inhabit the world, we should be showing them respect and making sure there is room for everyone. 


I feel very strongly about climate change and looking after the planet, I am a strong believer in putting back into the earth to say thanks for all she has given to us. I buy local over cheap & mass produced, I am on a vegan journey and have overhauled my cosmetics and will be purchasing sustainably sourced clothes & furnishings. I am one person trying to make a difference just like Greta, now if we are all just one person trying to make a difference and there are millions of us, we will make a difference. 


Give thanks to the earth, she has blessed us with a beautiful and bountiful home and deserves better.









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