So, what’s next? These young activists are now working towards September’s strike, ‘[We will] organise, educate, and agitate, all through summer, culminating in the UK’s general strike for climate on the 20th September, and beyond, until we bring about the systemic change necessary for our environment, our climate, our lives, and our futures,’ says Noga.
Thunberg and her fellow activists are sending a message, a message that they will not be silenced and that they will not let their future be stolen. As Greta stated at the UN Climate Change Conference, ‘We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. You’ve run out of excuses and we’re running out of time. We’ve let you know that the change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.’
Haven echoes Thunberg’s rapturous sentiment, ‘this is an issue that will determine life and death for many people, it is our right and duty to act when something is wrong. Climate change is something wrong, it is something that will and is causing so much destruction. The question is, why aren't we all fighting?’
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg is out now. Words by Donna Mackay.