August 20th, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden. This is how it all started for little Greta. After a record hot summer with devastating wildfires across Sweden, she decided to protest against climate change. Her idea was to strike. Just like workers have the right to strike in order to defend their rights, she felt like striking in order to raise awareness about and trigger action with climate change.
So, she went on a school strike -abstaining from school- and protested right outside the Swedish parliament from August 20th to the day of the Swedish elections, on September 9th. Her demand was that Sweden speeded the efforts to reach the Paris Climate Agreement.
After the elections, she kept on going on school strike every Friday. Greta’s efforts went viral, not only in Sweden but also around the world. But how did she do it? Does it have something to do with the Nordic culture of equality and freedom?