/Greta Thunberg: Why I began the climate protests that are going global

Greta Thunberg: Why I began the climate protests that are going global

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has inspired children globally with her protests

News Agency/Hanna Franzen via Reuters

THOUSANDS of children across the world will leave their schools for a strike over climate change this Friday. Organisers expect the protest to dwarf last month’s demonstrations.

The roots of this phenomenon run back to Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden. She has missed school to sit outside the Swedish parliament almost every Friday since last August, demanding politicians bring the country into line with the Paris climate agreement.

Between Greta’s studies, she has berated delegates at last year’s UN climate talks, spent up to two days a week …