Teen Girls Strike for Global Action on Climate Change

“The world is watching us,” said Isabelle Axelsson,18, who has skipped class weekly to march with Fridays for Future in Stockholm

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Fridays for Future school strikes — a movement led largely by teenage girls — has eclipsed the quiet, solitary protests started by its founder, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, in August 2018. Now upward of 2 million supporters from The Hague to Kampala, Uganda, regularly skip class on Friday and take to the streets to protest government inaction on climate change.

Some 450 teen strikers from 38 countries gathered in Lausanne on the banks of Lake Geneva last month to figure out how to get the world to act now, NBC News reported.

Donning sundresses or sensible jeans and T-shirts, or rocking eye-catching hairdos in bright blues, greens and pinks, the girls were as diverse as their countries of origin. But they had found commonality in fighting climate change.

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