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Greta Thunberg wants you to take part in the global climate strikes

‘See you on the streets!’

Greta Thunberg has urged people to join the global climate strikes, taking place this Friday, September 20.

The 16-year-old climate activist spoke at George Washington University yesterday, September 16. “What I’m telling you to do now is to act, because no one is too small to make a difference. I’m urging all of you to take part in the global climate strikes on September 20 and 27,” she said, before concluding: “See you on the streets!”

Thunberg, who recently sailed to New York on a zero emission boat to protest the environmental effects of air travel, told crowds that “activism works”, saying: “It may seem impossible to pull the emergency break and yet that’s what we have to do. But right now I think there’s an awakening going on. And though it is slow, the pace is picking up and the debate is shifting. This is thanks to a lot of different reasons but it is a lot because of countless activists, especially young activists.”

Earlier this month, the Swedish teenager hit back at the criticism of her by right-wing pundits, writing on Instagram that her Asperger’s syndrome liberates her, and details why being different is often a “superpower”. “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go,” she wrote. “And then you know you’re winning!”

As part of Dazed’s A Future World campaign earlier this year and in a special mini-documentary, we followed Thunberg on one day of school strikes in Sweden, and chronicled her conversations with other climate activists.

Watch the full speech below.