Greta Thunberg sat outside Swedish parliament in August 2018 with a sign that read: “School strike for climate”.
It was the first Friday she walked out of school for climate action, and she started doing it every week.
Her efforts have now inspired millions of people to march in the streets of cities across the world, but it wasn’t always like that. Greta started out alone, standing outside Swedish parliament with her handwritten sign and, sometimes, with a few of her friends.
Greta will speak on Saturday at the United Nations Youth Climate Summit in New York City and then at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday.
She joined the protesters she had inspired in New York City on Friday. The teenager told AP that she would never have predicted or believed that this was going to happen someday, and she added that she can’t wait to see the official numbers come in.
It was estimated by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio that more than 60,000 people marched through the streets of Lower Manhattan on Friday, and other estimates were as high as 250,000 people!
Greta told Reuters that we have only been born into this world, and we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives. We won’t accept this, and we’re striking because we want a future.
She added that she thinks if enough people get together and stand up for this, then we can make a huge difference and put pressure on the people in power to actually do something.