- Ask participants to share what they know about the Climate Strike movement, and about Greta Thunberg
- Divide into small groups and discuss the quotes from Greta Thunberg speeches:
- What do these quotes mean to you?
- How effectively do they get the point across? Why?
- Using these quotes (or others) for inspiration, ask the groups to either:
- Create a short (single sentence) slogan to protest about the climate emergency.
- Write a 2-minute speech to promote Climate Justice – imagine that you are trying to convince a group of school students to join you in fighting climate change.
- Ask groups to share their slogans or perform their speeches to the group. Give people the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers to give them the chance to defend their views.
You could support your group to attend a march or climate strike in your town or area (with consent from parents/ guardians), and make placards with their slogans on. You can find advice and guidance on talking to local
media on the Resources section of the Woodcraft Folk website.
Greta Thunberg Quotes
We can’t change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.
I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire – because it is.
We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruc- tion of their future. Where the people who have contribut- ed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you! You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.
Indigenous people have for centuries and millenniums protected the local environment and of course we need to because they are often the ones who are being, who are at the front line, so we need to be able to hear their voices. So that’s why I think it’s so important that indigenous people lead this fight.