Swedish teen activist and founder of the Fridays for Future movement, Greta Thunberg, has called for a “digital strike” for upcoming climate change rallies, in light of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus.
On Wednesday, Greta encouraged student activists across the globe to post a photo of themselves striking with a sign reading #ClimateStrikeOnline for the upcoming strikes.
A growing number of countries - including Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic - have banned public gatherings as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
So keep your numbers low but your spirits high and let’s take one week at the time.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 11, 2020
You can join the #DigitalStrike for upcoming Fridays- post a photo of you striking with a sign and use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline !#fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate 4/4
The Fridays for Future strikes, whereby students skip school to demand stronger government action against the climate crisis, usually attract large crowds.
About 1,000 students attended the first such strike in Hong Kong in March of last year. However, due to the ongoing anti-government protests in the city, the marches that followed saw fewer people attend.
"The climate and ecological crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced but for now (of course depending on where you live) we'll have to find new ways to create public awareness & advocate for change that don't involve too big crowds - listen to local authorities," Greta said on Twitter.