Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was joined by enthusiasitc crowds of American teenagers at a protest outside the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday (August 30).
Some US children said they were at their first ever climate demonstration; others said they had been passionate about the environment for a while but had been galvanized to act by Thunberg’s rising profile.
Carrying hand-drawn placards with messages such as “United behind the science” and “Act now or we will”, children and young people of all ages surged into a park in front of the flags of the world outside the UN on Friday morning.
Thunberg sat cheerfully but quitely in the middle of the rally, which had a serious atmosphere.
Young speakers gave spontaneous speeches or led chants of “System change, not climate change” and “Don’t just watch us, join us”.