- Title: Greta Thunberg: How one school girl's climate change campaign recruited millions
- Date: 29th August 2019
- Summary: Some 450 young "Fridays for Future" climate activists from 37 European countries gather for a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the movement's development and work on international cooperation. Thunberg says world leaders must prove that they are listening to young climate activists after a year of protests failed to lead to any progress in the reduction of greenhouse gasses. LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 5, 2019) (REUTERS) THUNBERG ARRIVING FOR "SMILE FOR FUTURE" SUMMIT AND TAKING HER SEAT SIGN FOR "SMILE FOR FUTURE" MOVEMENT, READING (English): 'CLIMATE STRIKE. CLIMATE JUSTICE. NOW' VARIOUS OF THUNBERG SITTING AHEAD OF SUMMIT WITH OTHER YOUTH ACTIVISTS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES INSTALLATION SHOWING PLANET EARTH SITTING ON A MODEL BONFIRE / RIBBON READING (English): "Crime scene. Do not cross." LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 5, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THUNBERG, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER JACQUES DUBOCHET AND GERMAN SCIENTIST AND FORMER POLITICIAN ERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSAECKER SITTING ON STAGE AT "SMILE FOR FUTURE" SUMMIT
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- Keywords: Greta Thunberg Climate activism Sweden U.N climate politics global warming Fridays for Future
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- Topics: Environment,Editors' Choice,Climate Politics
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- Story Text: Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg pioneered a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike by the then 15-year-old to a worldwide movement, drawing in millions of school children, and adults too, who are demanding action on climate change.
Thunberg first drew attention in August, 2019 when she skipped school to protest outside Swedish parliament each Friday.
The teen activist was soon joined by a small group of other school strikers in Stockholm, before the campaign attracted tens of thousands of students in more than 24 countries, taking part in Friday school strikes around the world.
By March 2019, the number of students taking part in worldwide Friday demonstrations hit more than two million across 135 countries.
The now 16-year-old has since been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine and appeared on its cover. Thunberg has also been awarded a the French Normandy Freedom Prize.
In less than a year since starting the "Fridays for Future" campaign, Thunberg has addressed European Parliament, met Pope Francis and addressed the UK's House of Commons.
In August, 2019, Thunberg sailed into New York Harbour on a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing a nearly 14-day journey from England to take part in a United Nations climate summit. Meanwhile, the total number of climate strikers reached 3.6 million people across 169 countries.
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