- Title: Greta Thunberg joins school strike for climate back at Swedish parliament
- Date: 20th December 2019
- Summary: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (DECEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TEEN CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG AT SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE OUTSIDE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL STRIKER, ISABELLE AXELSSON, SAYING: "We're standing next to a sign that we have at our strike and it's a report card." REPORTER ASKING (English): "Okay, and what grade would you give the politicians for their work on the climate this year?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL STRIKER, ISABELLE AXELSSON, SAYING: "I would give them an F, actually. I know they did try, but they didn't try hard enough and results have not been passable." REPORT CARD, LIST OF COP SUMMITS WITH F GRADE MARKS ALONGSIDE CLIMATE DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL STRIKER, ISABELLE AXELSSON SPEAKING WITH MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL STRIKER ISABELLE AXELSSON ASKED WHAT GRADE SHE WOULD GIVE THE "FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE" MOVEMENT FOR THE YEAR: "It's very hard to give myself a grade, like, ourselves a grade, because we've been working so hard for this. I mean, I would like to give us an A just for our effort, but I don't think, we haven't succeeded in the way that we want to succeed. We haven't accomplished convincing our politicians to act on climate, so I don't think we should pass either, really." CLIMATE PROTESTERS SITTING PLACARD READING (English): ''FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE'' (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL STRIKER ISABELLE AXELSSON (ASKED ABOUT THUNBERG'S VISIBILITY AND THE OTHERS WHO ORGANISE THE PROTESTS): "I mean, we're a big group of people, we strike every single week, we got to know each other through that. And this is happening all over the world, and we both have the local groups that discuss and talk and plan together. And there's local groups all over the world. We coordinate internationally and nationally, so yeah, there's a lot of work form a lot of people that goes into this." VARIOUS OF DOG OWNER HOLDING DOG SIGN READING (English) "POODLES FOR FUTURE" (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL STRIKER ISABELLE AXELSSON, ASKED WHAT THE GROUP WANT TO SEE DONE IN 2021: "So we want to see politicians take the very minimum work on climate to an A (grade), we want them to do everything they can, as fast as they can to stop the climate crisis. We will continue striking every single week, we will continue organising big strikes to try and bring awareness to the crisis and to try and make our politicians listen to the science." SIGN READING "FACE THIS CRISIS NOW" GRETA THUNBERG LEAVING PROTEST SITE CLIMATE PROTESTERS GATHERED
- Embargoed: 3rd January 2020 13:14
- Keywords: Greta Thunberg Sweden Swedish parliament climate change school strike
- Location: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- City: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- Country: Sweden
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAS71ON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Greta Thunberg and her fellow school strikers have given the world's politicians an F for their work on the climate crisis in 2019 and said that they must try harder.
Thunberg was back at the site of her weekly school strike in Stockholm on Friday (December 20) morning but keeping a low profile, preferring to let others talk for the "Fridays For Future" movement that has seen global strikes to raise awareness of the climate crisis in 2019.
With Swedish schoolchildren traditionally receiving their grades before breaking for the Christmas holidays, the Stockholm strikers gave world leaders an F and said they need to try harder.
"We want to see politicians take the very minimum work on climate to an A (grade), we want them to do everything they can, as fast as they can to stop the climate crisis," Isabelle Axelsson, one of the core group of protestors, told Reuters.
Axelsson, an 18-year-old from Stockholm, said she would like to give her movement an A for effort but said that they hadn't achieved what they wanted to achieve yet.
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