Organize your community and take action on the climate change crisis.
“You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up is never an option.” - Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, September 2019
At age 15, climate activist Greta Thunberg began her “school strike for climate” outside of her home country’s Parliament in Sweden. A parliament is similar to the Senate and House of the government of the United States. Since then, she has become known internationally as a climate activist.
Climate activists work to make changes that will positively impact our environment. Greta has spoken in front of the United Nations, met with U.S. leaders, and led her own TED Talk. She has done all this because of her concern about the world’s climate crisis and our carbon footprint. The climate crisis refers to the increasing temperature of the world’s oceans, which will negatively impact all aspects of the environment. A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon and its environmental impact. Individuals, businesses, and even countries have a measurable carbon footprint determined by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are produced.
Like Greta Thunberg, you have a voice and the power to organize action on climate change in your community. State and local governments can also build programs to lower carbon-footprints and greenhouse gas emissions. It is our job as citizens to tell our representatives that climate change issues need to be a priority.
This activity will focus on youth climate change activism events, and offer tools for addressing concerns with local, state and federal governments.