Norway’s Youth Activist Calls on Banks to Stop Funding Climate Destruction

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old activist who has captured global attention with her school strike for climate action, is calling on banks to stop funding climate destruction. She made the plea on Tuesday in an open letter to members of parliament and heads of state ahead of a UN summit next week.

I am writing this because I want you to know that even though I’m only young, I care about what happens to our planet, she wrote. We are running out of time. We are running out of the resources needed to fix this. I know that you will only do what is right if you hear it from enough people. That’s why I’m asking so many children around the world to join me and go on strike for climate action.

Strikes for climate action have taken place in Australia , Britain , and other countries. But the Swedish teenager is calling on more kids to skip school on March 15th in order to make their voices heard.

We must do everything we can and use every chance that we have for saving our planet , Thunberg wrote. If enough of us show we care, the politicians will also be forced to take action. We need you.

She added that she is aware of the sacrifices made by adults , but her own generation will have to repay them : I know what you have done for us, and I am truly grateful. But today it’s our turn. The planet does not belong to a few rich people, it belongs to everybody. The planet belongs to all of us, and it is our duty to care for it. In the letter, she also extolled the virtues of striking : By going on strike, we can show what a world could look like where children are listened to. A world where politicians directly feel the pressure from below by fearlessly taking action instead of asking politely for change .

By joining the strike , she concluded, children can show that they are no less important than adults .

Greta Thunberg Letter to Heads of State and Parliament on the Climate Crisis, March 4, 2019.

A striking image of Greta Thunberg was photoshopped displayed at Fashion Meets Photography Fashion Week in Amsterdam, September 2018.

The letter has been translated into the following languages: Albanian , Arabic , Azerbaijani , Bengali , Chinese (Mandarin) , Chinese (Taiwan) , Croatian , Czech , Danish , Dutch , English (UK) , Estonian , Filipino , Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian , Italian , Japanese, Kazakh , Kirghiz , Korean (South) Kurdish/Kurmanji