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Why we should all be following Greta Thunberg’s lead on climate change

The 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden is most notably known for initiating a school strike for the climate movement.

Here is how she is inspiring thousands of other young people across the globe to join her:

The message about climate change is clearer than ever before and we are living in what can only be described as a climate emergency. It is in our hands to save our future and the future of the generations to come from the biggest threat humanity has ever faced. We should be asking ourselves, “how can I help?”. Well, the answer is simple. Be as sustainable as you can. With this in mind, we can lower our carbon footprint on the environment which will equate to a healthier planet.

According to the Global Footprint Network, humans consume more resources per year than our planet can produce in the same timeframe.

When we look at it like this, the evidence is terrifying.

In less than a year, Greta Thunberg has changed the course of history with her #FridaysForFuture movement which came about after she sat in front of the Swedish parliament for three weeks on every school day, to protest against the lack of attention that was given towards the climate crisis. She was posting all of this through social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, and this soon went viral and now worldwide student activism is putting crucial pressure on governments to take immediate action.

Through her clear and calm voice, she displays utter determination to raise awareness of the climate crisis and it is this that has given her the opportunity to take her message further to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, where she delivered a speech and received a standing ovation from the parliamentarians. She tells the European politicians to “panic” over climate change. A message that should be installed within all of us, because it is our generation that can reverse things and make a change. The change must start today, right now. Not tomorrow.

“A great number of politicians have told me that panic never leads to anything good and I agree. To panic, unless you have to, is a terrible idea. But when your house is on fire and you want to keep your house from burning to the ground then that does require some level of panic.” Greta Thunberg (source)

Greta was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was just a child, and she sees this as the prime reason why she cannot move on the way most of us can. She was shown pictures in class of starving polar bears, deforestation and plastic in the ocean when she was around just eight or nine years old. From this moment she was unable to stop thinking about what she saw, and the images were instilled within her, therefore it was only natural for her to begin her journey with change. She has since turned vegan and only travels by train, bus and electric cars where necessary. Greta has spent hundreds of hours travelling to deliver her message across the world. This includes her current visit to Westminster, where she spoke out to the UK parliament earlier this week.

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Greta Thunberg has made it apparent that climate change should be the number one issue in politics right now, and at the heart of our worries. After all, there is no Planet B. More so a reason why we should be following Greta’s lead and contributing to a sustainable lifestyle. Following a successful school strike on March 15, which saw 1.6 million strikers protest across the world.

On May 24, we will see the Global Climate Strike for Future return. Will you be joining?

Featured image: Liv-Oeian / Shutterstock.com