14-year-old Kallan Benson has not uttered a single word since January 9th.
An estimated 22,000 students ditched class across fifteen Swiss cities today, joined by 24,000 young people in fifty German cities. Students ditched class at the risk of detention and a potential fine for having committed what Medium German Broadcasting reports constitutes an “administrative offense” under German law. These are the images from the streets.
With cries and signs like “the climate is changing, why aren’t you?” “act now or swim later,” and “less meat, less heat,” 12,500 students in Brussels, Belgium staged the largest national student-led climate strike since the November 30th action in Australia, during which an estimated 15,000 students skipped class to call attention to what students and activists are calling the “climate crisis.” The strike was four times the size of the country’s first #SchoolStrike4Climate strike last week, as reported by The Hill.
Vanessa Nakate is a 21-year-old student and environmental activist in Nakawa, Uganda. Climate change is a relatively new issue for Vanessa, who grew concerned about its effects after her uncle explained the drastic difference between temperatures and weather events in Uganda today and those just twenty years ago, and the damaging impact the winter heat has had on local farmers.
Lilly Platt has set up shop outside of the town hall in Zeist, Holland for almost as long as Greta Thunberg.