The teenager who started it all. Greta Thunberg outside the Swedish parliament on Friday the 15th March as she was joined by thousands of people echoing her call for politicians to do more to fight climate change. (Simon Linter/Radio Sweden Ekot)
Students braved the pouring rain to hear artists play and 16 year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg speak. She described climate change as the biggest crisis man has faced and that the younger generation will not accept it, hence the reason for the school strike.
The demonstration, which marched past parliament to Sergels Torg, did not go unnoticed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who said in a news conference that he understood people’s concerns about climate change.
Greta Thunberg and fellow demonstrators will continue to strike every Friday.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: The Arctic ‘locked-in’ for 3 to 5 °C temperature rise, UN report warns, Radio Canada International
Finland: Teen protesters in Helsinki demand climate action, Yle News
Norway: Urgent action needed to protect Arctic Ocean, WWF says, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Russia’s quest for Arctic resources unhindered by climate crisis, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Radio Sweden
United States: Industry launches campaign to free oceans from plastic… how serious is it?, Alaska Public Media