Teenager Inspires the World

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“If we Don’t do Anything Right Now, we Are Screwed”: 16-year Greta Thunberg said. A world inspired by a 16-year girl and decided a worldwide climate strike on March 15.

By Lanka Samanth

Bangalore, March 7, 2019.

A world inspired by a 16-year girl and decided a worldwide climate strike on March 15.

Climate change and global warming are the most well-known terms used by many people in the last decade. Here comes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report saying “Human activities are estimated to have caused an increase of approximately 1C of global warming”.

In fear of her future, a 16-year Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, walked out of school and went for a strike in front of the country’s parliament demanding action for climate change. Like an oil drop in the water, Greta’s intensity emulsified and inspired many students. The world will accompany Greta’s 30th week of the strike on March 15.

Discussing 1degree Celsius rise in global warming by human activities, the normal pre-industrial range is 0.8°C to 1.2C. The 1C is not far away to reach 2C. Already experts from IPCC say that based on the current situation they are highly confident it will increase.

This lead students from Sweden, Australia, United States, Europe, France, Belgium, and other countries to walk out of class and go for a peaceful strike every Friday.


The tweets of Greta gained media attention and the entire world is seeing her. Started with “Skolstrejk for klimatet” (school strike for climate change) her tweet details and questions authorities about climate change.

The hashtag #FridaysForFuture is now viral in social media with thousands of tweets and overwhelming response throughout the globe in support of not only strike but also against politicians.

“None of the political party and politician mentioned about climate change in their manifesto,” said environmentalist A.N.Yellappa Reddy.

Climate change is a more serious issue to be considered than anything else. The Antarctic glaciers started melting rapidly. According to a report published by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  around “180 billion tonnes of ice are pouring into the ocean every year.” The glaciers melting in Arctic and Antarctic have doubled since 2012.

It might be about 156 drought-affected taluks’ in Karnataka, or a recent violent category 4 tornado in the United States, as many global disasters are due to climate change and global warming.

European Union (EU) climate action’s target is “20 percent cut in greenhouse gases emission by 2030 compared with 1990.”

Greta demands the EU to double the target to 40 percent. Her call is “Unite behind the Science. The actions required are beyond any manifesto or political party.”

Yelllappa is happy about students concern towards climate change “Let them do. A 16-year girl has got wisdom. The girl and her children are going to be the victims due to our irresponsible behaviour of our leaders, policymakers, industries.”

“Everybody is interested in making money at the cost of human being, at the cost of disease burden, and climate change” he added. Yellapa urges Indian students to organise such things to create awareness among the people and pressurize policymakers to consider this as a serious issue.

In order to control the climate and greenhouse gases (GHG) emission, the UNFCCC inked “The Paris Agreement” during the Conference of the Parties in2016.

The climate change activists include student and young ones who are participating in the climate change strike in any way. They want the governments’ to follow the Paris Agreement and the IPCC report, to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5C, to focus on the aspect of equity and climate justice.”