Mar 13, 2020
Fridays for Future strikers around the world shared their demands for bold climate action online Friday as many youth activists heeded public health experts' recommendations in the face of the coronavirus pandemic by eschewing public protests in favor of digital demonstrations.
In a Friday tweet as Thunberg marked her 82nd week of school strikes, she reiterated the basis for her call.
"In a crisis we change our behaviour and adapt to the new circumstances for the greater good of society," she wrote.
\u201cSchool strike week 82. In a crisis we change our behaviour and adapt to the new circumstances for the greater good of society.\n\nJoin the #DigitalStrike - post a pic of you with a sign and use #ClimateStrikeOnline ! #schoolstrike4climate #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #COVID\u30fc19\u201d— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg) 1584087062
Other activists took to Twitter to share their online strikes as well:
\u201c#ClimateStrikeOnline \nIn the face of a crisis we act according to science and fact.\nIn the face of the the novel coronavirus pandemic it is important that we all take care of ourselves and others and reduce risk. That is why I am joining the #FridaysForFuture digital strike\u201d— Isabelle Axelsson (@Isabelle Axelsson) 1584086779
\u201cSchool strike week 61. \n\nLet us treat every crisis like what it is! Take care of yourselves\n #ClimateStrikeOnline #schoolstrike4climate #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #COVID\u30fc19\u201d— Vanessa Nakate (@Vanessa Nakate) 1584103864
\u201c#digitalstrike #ClimateStrikeOnline \nStill standing up for the climate but doing it safely inside. Remember Sisi Ni Sawa - We Are One please no one should use this virus as a reason to call out and be rude to anyone or any nation we are all in this together @GretaThunberg\u201d— Lillys Plastic Pickup (@Lillys Plastic Pickup) 1584113632
\u201cThis month we aren't striking on the streets due to COV19 \nBut that doesn't change that climate change is real,& we need long term solutions to commit to tackling it!\nLet's #strikefromhome \n\nJoin us! #DigitalStrike #ClimateStrikeOnline #COVID\u30fc19 @fridays_india @GretaThunberg\u201d— Aman (Stay home, Stay safe) Sharma \ud83c\udf0e\u2728 (@Aman (Stay home, Stay safe) Sharma \ud83c\udf0e\u2728) 1584109243
Thunberg and other youth climate leaders amplified the call for the change in tactic amid the novel coronavirus with a video shared early Friday in which they stressed that "the climate crisis cannot be forgotten, nor ignored."
\u201cHello everyone! \nWhen: 9am-12am CET \nWhat: We will strike online, its going to be big \ud83d\udca5\nHow: Take a picture with your sign, post it on all social media, use the Hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline\nWhy: As a result of the current Coronavirus-situation\n@fff_digital @GretaThunberg\u201d— FridaysForFutureDenmark (@FridaysForFutureDenmark) 1584086607
"I think what is happening in society with the #coronavirus is a glimpse into the future of climate change," wrote New York City-based Fridays for Future organizer Alexandria Villasenor in Twitter thread Thursday. "We activists have a lot to learn from this moment."
"This is more than a health crisis, this is a crisis about feeling safe in so many ways," Villasenor added. "The rapidly changing news is causing so much anxiety. Let's be here for each other."
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