Greta Thunberg Addresses Hundreds at Charlotte Rally

CHARLOTTE, NC — About 1,000 people crowded in front of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, most of them students. Their message was action and change after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg spoke in Uptown during another Friday Climate Strike.

“We need to tackle the climate and ecological emergency right now,” said Thunberg. “We are the change. Change is coming whether you like it or not.”

The 16-year-old has delivered speeches in front of the United Nations and, more recently, in Congress on Capitol Hill. She’s challenging world leaders to act on climate change before it’s too late. For 31 weeks, she has been holding rallies and Friday Climate Strikes around the world.

“We can connect on a level unlike any other generation,” said Myers Park student TJ White. “Hopefully spread ideas, spread movements that can really make some change happen.”

Greta chose Charlotte for Friday’s event after learning of Mary Ellis Stevens.

“Our generation is tasked with standing up to these world leaders. We shouldn’t have to do this,” said Stevens.

The Myers Park student was inspired by Thunberg to hold her own protests in Charlotte each Friday as part of the Fridays for Future movement. Others are now catching on and demanding action.

“Ten years from now it’s going to affect us,” said one student. “It might not affect our legislation; they’re not doing anything about it, and I really think they need to step up and do something about it.”

Mary Ellis Stevens says she still plans to continue her Charlotte protests.

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