Once again, she’s listening to the science.
As precautions are being taken around the world to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, Greta Thunberg has urged her followers to take part in digital climate strikes.
So I personally recommend that we do as the experts say. Especially in high-risk areas.
We young people are the least affected by this virus but it’s essential that we act in solidarity with the most vulnerable and that we act in the best interest of our common society. 2/4
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 11, 2020
Within the global climate strike network, the concept of a digital strike was used previously, during the notable Sep. 2019 strikes, in order for websites and companies (or anyone with an online presence) to support those marching in the streets. Additionally, individual strikers unable to take to the streets have already used digital striking tools in the past.
Now, Thunberg is directly calling on climate strikers to potentially avoid public gatherings where necessary, and take efforts online.
In a tweet thread, Thunberg explained her reasoning for this.
“We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science. This of course goes for all crises,” Thunberg said in her tweet. “Now the experts urge us to avoid big public gatherings for a better chance to #flattenthecurve and slow the spreading of the Coronavirus.”
She then continued: “So I personally recommend that we do as the experts say. Especially in high-risk areas. We young people are the least affected by this virus but it’s essential that we act in solidarity with the most vulnerable and that we act in the best interest of our common society.”
Thunberg went on to stress the importance and urgency of the climate crisis, while acknowledging that the spread of COVID-19, the official term for the disease caused by the coronavirus, will force those striking to establish new ways of spreading their message that don’t involve big crowds.
“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,” Thunberg tweeted.
Thunberg then outlined some potential ways to continue driving public awareness digitally. She encouraged those striking to join the digital strike by posting a photo with their signs, as is common during Fridays for Future strikes, and using the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline.
Thunberg also tweeted words of encouragement: “So keep your numbers low but your spirits high and let’s take one week at a time.”
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