On Fridays at 9 a.m., 10-year-old Lilly Platt doesn’t head to school like other kids in her class. Instead, she takes placards and a keep-cup filled with hot chocolate, and stands outside the town hall in Zeist, just east of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Her signs read “School Strikes for Climate.” For the last six months, Lilly has been on a peaceful protest for the planet. “By missing school, I’m making a point about climate change, because what’s the point of learning if our future is being taken away?” Lilly asks. Lilly echoes the rallying cry of the youth climate movement Fridays for Future , sparked by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who last year ditched school to protest outside parliament in Stockholm. Greta’s message was simple: She called for politicians to take action on climate change, and said she would strike from school ― her main hold of power as a student below voting age ― until the Swedish elections in September. When Lilly saw videos of Greta’s activism online, she knew what she needed to do. “She was talking about the Paris agreement and the next generation. I thought, I just have to do this,” Lilly says. […]


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