Fridays for Future is a popular movement started in August 2018 by 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg. That late summer, on a Friday, Greta sat in front of the Swedish Parliament alone, carrying a poster that read skolstrejk för klimatet! (school climate strike), and distributed leaflets with data on global warming.
Its aim was to protest against the inertia of decision-makers regarding the containment of climate change. For three weeks, every day, Greta repeated the protest and shared her actions on Instagram and Twitter. There began a mobilization movement that culminated in a climate strike that brought together almost 1.5 million students from more than 100 countries on March 15, 2019.
On September 8, 2018, Greta decided to continue strikes every Friday until the country's politicians ensured the containment of warming to a safe level, well below 2 C, according to the Paris Agreement. The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike have spread around the world and many students and have joined the movement.
“When the school started in August of that year, I decided it was enough. Sweden had just gone through the hottest summer ever. The election was coming. Nobody was talking about climate change as a real consequence of our way of life. So, I decided to leave school and sit on the floor outside the Swedish parliament to demand that our politicians treat climate change as it is: the biggest problem we have ever faced. ”
- Greta Thunberg
Together with the student movement, mothers, fathers and families created Parents for Future, in support of young people and their demands for a secure climate future.