This youth-led movement started with the actions of one Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg, who began striking from school last year every Friday in front of Swedish Parliament to focus attention on the growing crisis. What began with Thunberg quickly grew, with Fridays for Future youth groups popping up in communities all around the world and now a global day of action to kick off a week of events at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, including tomorrow’s Youth Climate Summit.
While schools in New York City are allowing students to attend the Climate Strike march (with their parents’ permission), many school districts in California have been less supportive, issuing statements about student safety and school funding impacts of a walk-out. Some educators have found ways to allow their students to participate in local Climate Strike events, like in Oakland where several classes are taking organized field trips to a massive march in San Francisco.
While today’s Climate Strike is completely youth-led, there are many ways to support the movement for climate justice in classrooms, including tips on how to be an adult ally for this and other youth activism. The NEA has also compiled a variety of useful resources to help educators teach about climate change.
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