March 21, 2019
Youth Climate Strike left us full of hope
by Christina Cerio
Last Friday, two Melvillians got to take part in history at a Youth Climate Strike in NYC. Last week’s Strike was part of an international effort led by teens to encourage world leaders to prioritize the climate crisis. Not only do the strikes have an amazing mission, but they also have an exceptional group of youth leaders organizing the events.
The strike started with Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16 year old, who skipped school to strike in front of the Swedish parliament last August. In an interview with The Guardian, Greta shares,
“I painted the sign on a piece of wood and, for the flyers, wrote down some facts I thought everyone should know. And then I took my bike to the parliament and just sat there,” she said. “The first day, I sat alone from about 8.30am to 3pm – the regular schoolday. And then on the second day, people started joining me. After that, there were people there all the time.”
Greta continues to strike every Friday and has inspired students around the world to do the same. The movement has been given the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
All of us at Melville House were eager to support the mission of the students, as it shared a similar mission to The Melville House Climate Project, so we decided to attend a few NYC strikes and hand out free copies of The Climate Report. We were thrilled to hear that many of the strikers were already educated on the topic of climate change and were still excited to learn more. The energy at the Washington Square Park and Columbus Circle strikes was truly moving and left us feeling encouraged about the future of the earth.
Don’t let the movement end here! Stay involved and continue to support these amazing students.
Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.