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What is Fridays for Future?

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Fatemah Sultan

Fridays for Future, a movement that began in August 2018 when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg and other climate activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks to protest against the lack of action by governments on eradicating and slowing down the climate crisis. Through social media, Greta’s movement collected popularity from all over the globe, with millions from all continents joining in to tackle the climate crisis. 

Above, young climate activist ‘Greta Thunberg’ photographed mid-protest

Fridays For Future, also known as the ‘School Strike For Climate’ has become an international platform for the youth and students all over the world who take time off from classes on Fridays to participate in demonstrations to demand actions from political leaders and governments to take action to prevent climate change. Certain demands such as the transition from the fossil fuel industry towards renewable energy and the reduction of the carbon footprint have been set so it can guarantee that we, the youth have a chance at a safe and sustainable future. Fridays For Future has given thousands a voice and provided a platform for the youth and their allies to step up and take the responsibility from the previous generations to bring attention to the problems the world will face if changes are not made, coming closer and closer to a point of no return. As an organization, it strives to encourage and promote sustainable choices and development, starting at the grassroots to the booming industries. Thus, encouraging the idea that individuals carry the power to change lives; a thousand baby steps go a long way. 

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