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Global Climate Strike

Posted on in International Relations · The Environment

On September 20, 16 year old activist, Greta Thurnberg, marched alongside 250,000 in NYC and an estimated 4 million protestors worldwide to pressure lawmakers to take action against global warming. With over 2,500 events scheduled in over 163 countries, this may have been the largest worldwide climate change protest in history.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Download the PowerPoint Lecture Spark for Global Climate Strike


“Global Climate Strike: Greta Thunberg, Students Lead Protest”

“‘The earth is on fire’: Young people lead global climate change protests”

“Millions take to the streets as climate strike protests hit cities across Asia, Europe”

“How Greta Thunberg’s climate strikes became a global movement in a year”

“Global Climate Strike: Tens of thousands rally across the US”

“5 inconvenient truths about the ‘climate strike’”

“Climate change action: We can’t all be Greta, but your choices have a ripple effect”


  • Writing: Climate scientist have known about the potential risks associated with global warming since as early as the 1970s. Why has it been so difficult to mobilize the global political economy to tackle the issue of climate change?
  • Debate: We will see the negative, irreversible impact of climate change begin to materialize in our lifetimes.
  • Poll: How likely is it for these youth-led protests to create policy change at a global level?
  • Short Answer: Why did the United States choose to leave the Paris Agreement? 

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