- Title: Greta Thunberg: How one school girl's climate change campaign recruited millions
- Date: 29th August 2019
- Summary: KATOWICE, POLAND (FILE - DECEMBER 4, 2018) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF THUNBERG TALKING TO JOURNALISTS ON THE SIDELINES OF THE U.N. CLIMATE CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF THUNBERG'S CONFERENCE ID READING (English): "Greta Tintin Eleonora Thunberg - Observer" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLIMATE ACTIVIST, GRETA THUNBERG, SAYING: "Because a politician's job is to win elections and get votes, not having radical climate politics, and today you don't win elections and get votes by telling the truth about the environment and climate." Thunberg arrives to protest at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, saying oil and gas companies are committing crimes against humanity. Christiana Figueres, former head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), says the 16-year-old gave a voice to the "outrage" that many people felt. DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (FILE - JANUARY 25, 2019) (REUTERS) JOURNALISTS / THUNBERG SITTING ON GROUND IN THE SNOW, STAGING PROTEST VARIOUS OF THUNBERG STAGING PROTEST SITTING BESIDE SIGN READING (Swedish): "School strike for climate"
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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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