Globally Influential Activist Greta Thunberg to Join Youth Climate Strike in L.A. on Friday

Just days after rejecting an environmental award (like a boss), the Swedish climate warrior comes to L.A.

Fiery teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will be on steps of City Hall Friday as part of Youth Climate Strike L.A. protest to pressure Governor Newsom and other California lawmakers to pass stricter environmental policies.

The 16-year-old Swedish conservationist sailed to the U.S. in September to address the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit, where she famously delivered her “How Dare You” speech to international policy makers.

“[W]hile Los Angeles claims to be a global leader on climate change, there are very few cities on earth with so many active oil wells dangerously close to where people live, work and play,” Climate Strike organizers said in a statement today.

Pointing out that low-income neighborhoods like Wilmington and South Los Angeles “experience disproportionately high rates of asthma and suffer from severe nosebleeds, headaches, reproductive harm, and headaches associated with a long list of toxic chemicals used in oil extraction,” organizers say Thunberg and her fellow demonstrators and youth leaders will gather at noon to, “demand Governor Newsom and California’s elected leadership act immediately to roll out a 2,500-foot health and safety buffer, stop all new fossil fuel project permits, and drop existing oil production through a just and equitable transition!”

As for Thunberg, she’s still proving herself more hardcore for the cause than most adults. Just yesterday, she turned down the Nordic Council’s environmental award, along with $51,000 in prize money, saying, “The climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science.”

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