“Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few. We cannot solve the crisis without treating it like a crisis. The real power belongs to the people.”
That statement was delivered by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl who inspired the Fridays for Future Climate Strike, a movement to skip school on Fridays to strike, pushing the government to urgently act on climate change. This movement has seen many critics but it might signal that the climate is already in a very dangerous state.
The strikes are now happening in more than 71 countries and 700 places, with thousands of students taking to the streets, from Sweden, the United Kingdom to South Korea. What about Indonesia?
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