Top 10 Greta Thunberg elsewhere in the world, young climate heroes

If climate change is seriously starting to freak everyone out, it’s because it threatens our comfort (and ultimately, our survival). Whistleblowers have been screaming for decades, but it took a young Swedish girl walking around with her sign in 2018, for the general public to pretend to discover the threat to our future. A scenario tied up like a bad Netflix series with a young heroine who opposes the greats of this world, and who manages to raise an army of young media superhero activists for the environmental cause.

1. Leah Namugerwa in Uganda

To say (or write) that she is neither more nor less than the Ugandan Greta Thunberg is not just an easy shortcut to locate the young girl. His commitment to environmental protection was indeed inspired by his Swedish model, to the point of joining the Fridays for Future movement from the age of 14. Originally from the district of Mukono, threatened by the expansion of the capital Kampala, Leah Namugerwa, for example, launched on her own as almost a big one, the first demonstration in her country for the preservation of the environment! Every Friday since then, she has been joined by more and more young Ugandans who are skipping school to put on their panoply of responsible citizens and activists. Leah, she’s not Parisian, she’s not comfortable, but she’s not far from being fashionable #LouiseAttaqueLeRetour

2. Ralyn Satidtanasarn in Thailand

In the land of smiles, the seabed is sulking from recovering all the plastic thrown into nature. In 2019, Ralyn Satidtanasarn known as “Lilly” decided at only 12 years old to campaign on social networks and at conferences in favor of the banning of plastic bags in his country. Quite a challenge since each Thai previously consumed 12 times more plastic packaging annually than a European. A bad habit due in particular to the street food that has made Thailand the sixth largest contributor to ocean pollution in the world! The good news is that the mobilization of the young activist ended up paying off. Since January 2020, supermarkets are no longer allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags to their customers!

3. Alexandria Villasenor in the United States

In 2018, Alexandria Villasenor is 14 years old and has severe asthma. She goes for the holidays to California then devastated by the biggest fire in its history. Faced with the disaster, she rushes back to New York and begins to take an interest in the impact of human activities on the environment. In contact via social networks with a certain Greta, she suggests that she import the movement of student strikes for the climate into the USA. 6 months later, she and other American activists are mobilizing and demanding the establishment of a Green New Deal, that is to say the taking into account of scientific research in political decisions and more school awareness about climate change. Trump has been moderately hot. Since then, Alexandria has founded a climate awareness group called Earth Uprising,

4. Luisa Neubauer in Germany

This geography student did not wait for Greta Thunberg to get involved in the fight against climate change. But it is her meeting with her Swedish colleague in 2018 that will project her onto the media scene. A figurehead in Germany of the Fridays For Future movement, she has since campaigned for the “right to a livable future”, a term which, according to her, involves phasing out coal by 2030. A promise that the German authorities would like to keep, even if there seems to be water in the gas (Russian), with renewable energies which are slow to find their place in the energy mix of the country.

5. Inga Zasowska in Poland

When Inga is only 13 years old, her mother tells her about the book on the climate crisis that she is reading. The news is really not crazy and the young Polish girl starts freaking out and enters what she will later call a kind of “climatic depression”. In July 2019, she took a sign on which she demanded “The holiday strike for the climate” and squatted every Friday in July 2019 in front of the Parliament in Warsaw. The opposition to the government is quick to applaud her, while thousands of young people support her, at least on social networks. A rout enough to make her the Polish Greta, at least for a summer. The media have apparently lost track of him since.

6. Lesein Mutunkei in Kenya

Since he was 15, this young Kenyan has decided to plant 11 trees every time he scores a goal with his football team. In a little over 2 years, Lesein would have planted a hundred goals and a thousand trees. A drop of water in a country that lacks it, but which has made it possible to sensitize the population and certain politicians to the problems of deforestation. Among other things, his action has enabled him to participate in several summits around the world on climate issues.

7. Iris Duquesne in France

In September 2019, this young Bordeaux woman filed a complaint with fifteen other young people from around the world, including Greta Thunberg, against France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey to denounce the inaction of its leaders in terms of protection. of the climate (on the other hand nothing against the biggest polluters like the USA, China, India, Russia etc.) A violation according to them of the convention of the United Nations on the rights of the child. A successful com operation failing to really move the lines. Iris is no longer too visible in the media since this event, for her part, no doubt because she would live on the latest news, in the United States since 2019.

8. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez in the United States

His first name recalls his Aztec and Mexica origins, one of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. A legacy that can be found in its fights for the protection of the environment. Thus, at only 15 years old, he gave 3 TED speeches and was invited to speak before the United Nations on the subject of environmental policy. He brought that same year of 2015, a lawsuit against the American government for not having acted against climate change, then a second in 2018 against the State of Colorado. Big and handsome in the fight for the climate and environmental protection, he also uses hip-hop to alert younger generations, as can be seen in the documentary broadcast on Netflix Bigger than us.

9. Melati Wijsen in Indonesia

Born in the second country in the world behind China to reject the most plastic in the ocean, Melato was only 12 years old in 2013, when she founded with her 10-year-old sister, the NGO Bye Bye Plastic Bags. Petitions, cleaning operations, hunger strikes (only during the day), creation of a social enterprise that trains women to make recycled and reusable bags, their commitment ends up paying off in December 2018, with a law that bans bags plastic straws and some polystyrene on the island of Bali!

10. Ridhima Pandey in India

In 2017, a year before the hair of Swedish Greta appeared publicly, a young Indian girl of only 9 years old attacked the government of her country for inaction on climate change. She also campaigns against the proliferation of plastic and in favor of cleaning up the Ganges. Unbalanced fights which did not prevent him from going to the United Nations headquarters in New York in 2019 to file a complaint with 15 other young activists from all over the world against certain countries for violation, according to them, of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.

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