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According to The Guardian’s Matthew Taylor, thousands of UK students from various schools and colleges, from more than 30 cities, are willing to walk out of their required classes in the midst of increasing concerns about climate change.
This Green movement is made popular by Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist who held a solo protest in front of Sweden’s parliament last August 2018. As of now, an estimated 70,000 students are weekly participating to help Mother Nature from different parts of the globe.
Greta’s initiative is to spread the message that critical and revolutionary change is what the Earth needs, has inspired more than thousands of young people in the UK, as stated by Jake Woodier, one of the members of the UK Youth Climate Coalition.
In social media sites, pictures of Greta’s protest, and the massive amount of students’ strikes, are extensively shared through social media sites and continuously encourage others to join the cause.
Last year, tens of thousands of school children from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia conducted walkouts.
Woodier said that the younger generation is now more aware of the environmental crisis that we’re facing after IPCC reported last year that according to renowned climate scientists we only have approximately 12 years left to minimize the disastrous effects of climate change.
If no significant actions are done, the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat, and poverty will significantly worsen. The younger generation is conscious that government officials alone are not capable of making lasting changes in this area and they want to do things to help save us and our planet.
The youth is the hope of the nation, and they have the potential to make lasting impacts. But the planet’s current situation does not depend solely on the youth. They need the support and guidance of adults, who, also need to take their part in minimizing the disastrous effects of climate change.