October 31st, Parliament Square, London. This amazing 15 year-old travelled from Sweden over several days in an electric car to address the ‘Declaration of Rebellion’, an unauthorised rally and call to action over climate change and species extinction.
She has been on #SchoolStrike every Friday, sitting outside the parliament in Stockholm and handing out leaflets that explained simply “I’m doing this because you adults are shitting on my future”. To her, the problem is black and white, and she wonders why, if faced with extinction and catastrophic climate change, we are not doing much much more.
She has a simple solution to the problem – “We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. It’s time to rebel.”
After her speech, hundreds poured on to the road in front of Parliament, bringing central London to a standstill for hours in an act of civil disobedience. Although there were cameras there from major news corporations, TV coverage this evening was notable for the story’s absence.
More info at rebellion.earth