School climate strikers are the biggest youth-led movement ever and they have a message that’s really worth listening to, writes Dr Richard Dixon ahead of a week of protests in Scotland and around the world, beginning on Friday. From simple beginnings in Sweden, Friday will see the start of a global week of protest and action on climate change, led by children. When I met Greta Thunberg briefly at the climate summit in Katowice last year, I thanked her for all she was doing to bring attention to the need for more climate action. At that point, she had been holding her own personal climate strike outside the Swedish Parliament for five months. This had begun a global movement of school children striking for the climate and she was in Poland to give a speech in front of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Quite a thing for a 15-year-old. Since then and now 16, she has spoken at the World Economic Forum, to EU leaders and in front of huge crowds. And she has just sailed across an ocean so she can speak at the UN climate summit in New York next week. Politicians who care about climate change are queuing up to be seen with her and on Friday she was protesting outside the White House with thousands of US students.
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