Class struggle to save the world

Generation Z is on the march to combat climate change, writes Neal Millar

The World Today Published 4 April 2019 Updated 6 November 2020 2 minute READ

Neal Millar

Research assistant, Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House

On September 7, 2018, 15- year-old Greta Thunberg resolved not to attend school each Friday until Sweden, her country of birth, aligned itself with the targets set out under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Seven months later, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee has inspired more than a million pupils of all ages in more than 125 countries to join the School Strikes 4 Climate Action movement, under which studies are periodically boycotted in favour of organized marches to pressure governments into taking emergency action to combat climate change.

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