Climate

China teenage climate warrior fights a lonely battle

While most of her peers are preparing for university or enjoying summer vacation, 17-year-old Howey Ou is braving intimidation and criticism in China to save the world from climate catastrophe.

Young environmental activists around the world have skipped school to attend marches in protest at global inaction over climate change.

But in China, grassroots social movements are heavily suppressed by the government, and the movement is severely lacking in participants.

It has changed Ou’s life though. She was inspired by Swedish teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, and held her own week-long solo protest in May last year outside her local government buildings, gaining international recognition.

“The climate emergency is the biggest threat to the survival of mankind. I feel anxious every day about the climate and the extinction of animal species,” said Ou, an intense figure who speaks in a fast monotone, reeling off a trove of scientific data from

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Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis
Greta Thunberg launches open letter demanding world leaders take immediate action on climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has launched an open letter signed by thousands of activists and celebrities, and hundreds of scientists demanding global leaders take measurable, immediate action to genuinely tackle the climate crisis.

“The race to safeguard future living conditions for life on Earth as we know it needs to start today,” reads the letter, sent to all EU leaders and heads of state on Thursday. “Not in a few years, but now.” Signatories include Malala Yousafzai, Leonardo DiCaprio, Priyanka Chopra, Opal Tometi, Jane Fonda, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, Mark Ruffalo, Margaret Atwood, and many others.

The Swedish teen climate activist teased something big on Twitter on Thursday, then tweeted out the link to the letter, noting the campaign hashtag #FaceTheClimateEmergency.

Written by Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists and School Strike 4 Climate organisers Luisa Neubauer, Anuna de Wever

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