- Jul 2015
Significant in Belgium is about the most that you can say about it. My kids don't even know who she is.I didn't thought at her, but I find logical she's a favourite.
She initiated a movement that it became impressive in numbers but in significance too. It put on the front stage the youngsters, that we, old trolls, considered more like smart-phone's appendices than future citizens. They proved that this generation, as all youngster's generations before them, can have an opinion, can think at and believe in the future of their society.
As a kiddo said: "I 'm too young to cast my vote at these election, but I'm watching how politicians are reacting and what they're doing, and they should think twice, as the next elections I can cast my vote and I will".
And looking on how this year the climate had appeared on almost all political parties, it seems it worked: the kids did forced most politician parties to clarify their stance.
As useful as Wiki is, it's not always giving the accurate picture.
That page is a bit "thin", for a better view, a better view on how important the movement she triggered is, try:
List of school climate strikes - Wikipedia
the "Youth for Climate" (the Belgian organistion) showed something very odd for Belgium: a national level organisation, co-founded by a Flemish girl and a Wallon girl, managing the movement together, managing to coordinate and bring together the Flemish and Wallon kids, week after week, for months ... " unthinkable" ... "impossible" if You ask any Belgian politician's opinion
I think we had two "strikes" here as I could enjoy their company in the train. All of them really didn't have much of a clue.