Greta Thunberg Joins Los Angeles Protest Against Oil Drilling
Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg joined protest against oil drilling in Los Angeles last week.
The downtown L.A. rally was put together by Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles as part of a mission to have the state add restrictions on oil extraction.
After members of the Youth Climate Strike organization in Los Angeles heard Thunberg’s U.N. climate speech, they invited her to participate in the protests in Los Angeles.
Thunberg made headlines after traveling to New York from Sweden in a zero-emissions sailboat and addressing world leaders during her speech at the United Nations on Sept. 23. Videos of her speech went viral, as she accused our leaders of taking away her childhood, as well as endangering her future.
“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear,” she said about climate change statistics. “How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.”
Thunberg is well known for her emotional speeches. Just this week, she rejected the Nordic Council Environment Prize, as well as the $52,000 that comes along with it. Thunberg refused the award, stating that now is not the time to award prizes, but instead to take action.