Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, missed class and stood in front of the Swedish parliament building with her hand-painted "Skolstrejk för klimatet" sign (translation: school strike for climate), every Friday leading up to the 2018 Swedish election.
It was not the first time that children skipped classes to demand change. However, Greta's one-person strike managed to lead to global movements.
Greta became the face of the movement and a source of inspiration to thousands of students and adults all over the world.
In March 2019, students from over 2,000 cities worldwide participated in the strike. According to TheGuardian.com, 1.5 million people took part in the strike organized in March. Smaller strikes occurred in May, June and August (cnet.com).
Photo: Greta Thunberg with her poster in the background, protesting against the inaction of governments
Where & when?
The Global Climate Strike will begin on the 20th of September, 2019, three days before the United Nations climate summit in New York.