Friday saw Friday's for Future, a grassroots climate movement, lead its first global strike since the pandemic. It was #UprootTheSystem. This hashtag and name is meant to spark an intersectional conversation about climate change.
Fridays for the Future was founded in 2018 by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old climate activist. Thunberg's protest quickly ignited a worldwide movement. Fast forward to yesterday, Uproot the System was a global movement with over 1,400 events across 80 countries.
Uproot the System encourages us all to focus MAPA (or "most affected persons and areas"), which is the center of our efforts to uproot the System. This applies to indigenous peoples and the regions known as "Global South", which are parts of Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Fridays for Future warned that "we cannot stop the climate crisis without listening to MAPA, embracing intersectionality and uprooting this structure" in their Uproot The System blog post.
On Friday, thousands of young people all over the world responded to the call. Thunberg attended the Berlin protest. These are photos of the international strike.
People during Fridays for Future demonstration in Rome, Italy. Credit: Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Children in London, United Kingdom at Fridays for the Future. Credit: Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images
Activists dressed as politicians in Utrecht, Netherlands set fire to a circle that represents mother Earth during the demonstration. Credit: Ana Fernandez/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protester making a gesture during the demonstration at Warsaw, Poland. Credit: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images