Young Swedish activist to join Friday climate strike in Denver

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attending Fridays For Future (School Strike for Climate) protest in front of a crowd near the Colosseum in Rome on April 19, 2019. (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg will join a climate strike on Friday, Oct. 11 in Denver.

Thunberg is at the heart of “Fridays For Future” climate strikes.

That “is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis,” Fridays For Future says. “She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.”

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“On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.”

Denver climate strike organizers say that Thunberg will join them on Friday.

“Join us on Friday from 12-2 in Civic Center at the Greek Amphitheater for Denver’s most exciting climate strike yet,” they say. “Greta Thunberg will be striking with us. Organized by our collation partners Fridays For Future, International Indigenous Youth Council, Earth Guardians and 350 Colorado.”

Thunberg has been in South Dakota in recent days to join local protests of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

While in South Dakota, Thunberg also visited reservations including the Standing Rock Reservation.

“The last two days @tokatawin and I visited Takini School, Standing Rock Community School and the beautiful Standing Rock Reservation,” Thunberg said on Tuesday via Instagram. “Thank you everyone for your leadership, your resistance and your incredible hospitality.”

“Indigenous peoples are at the frontline, they are often the ones who are affected the most by the climate and ecological crisis, yet they are not the ones responsible for it. They are also the ones who are leading the fight against it. We are now so desperate for their voices and knowledge how to live in balance with nature.”

While celebrated by many, Thunberg has also faced criticism for her efforts to fight against climate change.