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Greta Thunberg calls for youth worldwide for global climate strike

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Greta Thunberg calls for youth worldwide for global climate strike
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  • Greta Thunberg is rallying the youth around the world for the Global Climate Strike
  • The event is set to happen at multiple strike events worldwide on Sept. 20
  • Thunberg leads protests in New York synchronizing United Nations climate summit in New York

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is once again rallying the power of the youth to another strike, happening on Friday, Sept. 20. 

Dubbed as the Global Climate Strike, the event is set to happen at multiple strike events worldwide, with the movement already gathering thousands of support online. 

According to the advocacy group 350.org, climate campaigners have already registered over 2,500 strikes worldwide with more than 450 planned for the United States. The demonstrations on Sept. 20 will be the start of a week of action that coincides with a United Nations climate summit in New York City.

“This is not a single-generation job. It’s humanity’s job… Let’s all join together, with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, family and go out on to the streets to make your voices heard and make this a turning point in our history.”

Back in August 30, Thunberg drew crowds of fellow activists in the streets of New York. Just two days after Thunberg sailed for two weeks on rough seas crossing the Atlantic, she and a crowd of 1,000 protesters stormed the doors of the UN skyscraper in Manhattan, urging politicians and older generations to take urgent and comprehensive action to address the climate crisis.

As a form of protest, the 16-year-old Swede led a march in front of the United Nations headquarters, chanting, “Fossil lobbyists have got to go” and, “It’s too hot!”- a reference to the climbing temperature as a result of global warming.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, lower center, participates in a Youth Climate Strike outside the United Nations, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in New York.
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Thunberg became a celebrity last year by encouraging Swedish politicians to pay attention to what she refers to as “a war on nature.” Next month, she is slated to speak at the U.N Climate Change Summit. She is to be joined by world leaders who will present plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since then, her activism has been a source of inspiration to other youths who have been galvanized into action. Many of those joined her in the Aug. 30 strike, and many again will join the strike on Sept. 20.

Sources: The Gaurdian, Time, Campaign CC, Common Dreams

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