Too young to vote, Swedish student Greta Thunberg goes on strike for climate action

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In Sweden, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg intends to be on strike from school until Election Day, on September 9th. Her sign reads “school strike for the climate”. (Brett Ascarelli/Radio Sweden)
Sweden’s elections are coming up, and Greta Thunberg is too young to vote, but she’s trying to influence policy in another way.

The 15-year-old went on strike from school last week to bring her message to the public – and to lawmakers. In a blue hoodie and sneakers, she’s seated on the cobblestones outside of Parliament, next to a handpainted sign reading, “School strike for the climate”, and there are flyers as well. A handful of people are sitting with her.

Radio Sweden spoke to Greta last week about what she hopes to accomplish with her strike.

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Russia: Russian and American scientists team up to study Arctic Russia’s weakening sea ice, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Analysis – How do Sweden’s political parties plan to tackle climate change?, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska Senator Murkowski vocal on climate change, but where’s the action?, Alaska Public Media

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Brett Ascarelli, Radio Sweden

Brett Ascarelli, Radio Sweden

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