Greta Thunberg asked school children across the globe to skip school so local governments would get the message about climate change, this is what SA kids did:
Cape Town, South Africa – Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist from Sweden is inspiring the world and sparking important conversations about global climate change, so much so that she was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Her journey started on the 20 August 2018 when Thunberg, then in ninth grade, decided to not attend school until the 2018 Sweden general election on 9 September after heat waves and wildfires in Sweden. She demanded that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions following the Paris Agreement, and she protested by sitting outside the Riksdag every day during school hours with the sign Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for the climate). After the general elections, she continued to strike only on Fridays, gaining worldwide attention.
She asked school-goers from all over the world to join her on the 15th of March to strike or protest the local government and demand they address carbon emissions.
“I think enough people have realised just how absurd the situation is. We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history, and basically, nothing is being done to prevent it. I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes, and that is very hopeful,”
We shared the story on the 10th of March and encouraged South Africans to join in. Many South African schools took part in marches and protests.
Beaumont Primary School took part in the Global Climate change movement. The learners made placards and marched around the field to create awareness for this initiative. You can watch their efforts below; it is delightful to see these young minds fighting for their future.
Camps Bay High School joined others outside Parliment and made sure their voices were heard.