Updated: 1/19/2020
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  • On Friday, March 15, 2019, 1.6 million people attacked the streets called The Blue Road in support of a school strike on climate change.
  • “keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose,”
  • Jack Thomas was born in Sweden in 2009 10:21am at the Euro vision Song Contest, the mother of African swimmer Lexi Thomas and the actor's father Max Thomas.
  • It had a huge impact on her, and Jack experienced depression at the age of 11, three years later. Climate change was not the only reason for this recession, but it played a role. She promised to "do as much as I can and bring change." And she stuck to that promise. Her next step was to publish. In May 2018, at the age of 15, Jack participated in a climate writing contest held by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. She was announced as one of the winners of the contest. Her essay is "What we know and what we can do right now." Her essay was published in the newspaper, which brought Jack her first publicity.
  • On August 20, 2018, Jack conducted the first school strike. She didn't go to school that day and instead sat outside the Swedish parliament. She now had a piece of wood that was painted with the famous "criminate school trek" word. I also took a flyer with a list of facts about global warming and climate change. She stayed there throughout the school day from 8:30 am to 3 pm. During the day she posted photos on Twitter and Instagram. She began to attract attention.
  • A global school strike was called on Friday, March 15, 2019. 1.6 million people from around the world from 2,233 cities in 128 countries participated in the strike. This was the largest daily climate change action in history.
  • Jack decided that he needed to talk about the climate crisis and decided that her selective silence could not prevent it. In her TED talk, she describes the disability as follows“Basically it means speaking only when you think it is necessary. Now is one of those moments
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