Laudato Si’ Generation rallies Catholic youth for climate strikes
Hundreds of thousands of youth and young adults across the globe planned to swap classrooms for protests Friday as part of the latest major school strike against inaction by government leaders on climate change.
The second global climate strike, following the first in March that drew an estimated 1.4 million people, will include a growing number of young Catholics through a new youth-centered group called Laudato Si’ Generation.
It is one of numerous groups organizing the strikes, which happen to align with the fourth anniversary of the publication date of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” (The papal document was officially released June 18, 2015.)
Nearly 1,600 strikes in 118 countries were planned for the day, according to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who sparked the #FridaysForFuture climate strikes when she started her solo protest last August. Since then, she has addressed world leaders, including a brief moment with Pope Francis, who encouraged Thunberg to continue her work for climate action.
Laudato Si’ Generation has organized as many as 50 strikes set for May 24. The youth organization is calling on the Catholic Church to become a leader on climate change by developing sustainability plans and committing to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions that continue to warm the planet.
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Watch Our New Film About the Climate Strikes, ‘Make the World Greta Again’
VICE takes a behind-the-scenes look at 16-year-old Greta Thunberg and other young protest organisers as they orchestrate their first global climate strike.
At 15 years old, Greta Thunberg realised that our planet is very literally dying, and decided to do something about it. In August of 2018, the Swedish teenager skipped school one Friday and held a solo climate protest outside Sweden’s parliament building. She did the same thing every Friday after that, until people started taking notice, not only in her home country, but across Europe.
Her simple action snowballed, and before long she had inspired the worldwide youth-led movement Fridays for Future, which has seen hundreds of thousands of students around the world skipping school one Friday every month, and taking to the streets to demand their respective governments do something about saving the planet.
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