Two years ago today, a young Swedish girl started a school Strike to protest her leader’s inaction against the climate crisis.
This day, Greta started a Revolution. She gave millions of young people, who like me, didn’t believe in our power to make change, the opportunity to fight and have a voice. I will never be able to thank her enough for what the Fridays For Future movement gave me. Last year for the first anniversary of the Fridays For Future, I wrote this (https://medium.com/@ClementFavaron/about-fridays-for-futures-first-anniversary-by-clement-favaron-96685ccab9e). Everything that I said one year ago still stands. FFF’s my family and it shaped who I am today.
But also, today, exactly 2 years after Greta started the school strikes movement, we must acknowledge something else. Something it’s hard to talk about and accept. The fact that so far, we failed.
We have to say it. Yes, we changed mentalities. Yes we raised awareness. Yes we changed the outcome of elections. But the Climate Crisis is still a thing, and action is not. Emissions are still up (dropped due to a global catastrophe but that’s not likely to mean any real change). There is simply no way to say we succeeded. I know it’s hard and painful. But it’s the truth. We’re tired and after the pandemic we just want to live and have fun. I do too. But we must not stop fighting. And we won’t. The fight goes on.
On September 25, #SeeYouOnTheStreets