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World Teenage British activist stages climate protest on Arctic ice floe

17:06  24 september  2020
17:06  24 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ABOARD ' ARCTIC SUNRISE' (Reuters) - Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate ", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.

Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig, 18, holds a cardboard sign reading "youth strike for climate " as she sits on the ice floe in the Armed with a placard reading "Youth Strike for Climate ," the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth

a man holding a snow board: Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean © Reuters/NATALIE THOMAS Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

By Natalie Thomas

ABOARD 'ARCTIC SUNRISE' (Reuters) - Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent action needed to tackle global warming and so she has headed to the Arctic Ocean to protest.

a man riding a wave on top of a snow covered slope: Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean © Reuters/NATALIE THOMAS Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.

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A British teenager has staged a protest against climate change inside the Arctic Circle. In the world's most northerly climate strike, Mya-Rose Craig, a passionate ornithologist and nature, climate and equal rights campaigner, was photographed protesting on an ice floe at the Arctic ice edge

ABOARD ‘ ARCTIC SUNRISE’ (Reuters) - Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent Armed with a placard reading ‘Youth Strike for Climate ”, the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.

The strikes, made famous by Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg, are resuming after a lull caused by the global coronavirus pandemic to draw public attention back to the threat posed by climate change.

"I'm here to... try and make a statement about how temporary this amazing landscape is and how our leaders have to make a decision now in order to save it," she told Reuters Television as she stood with her placard on the edge of the Arctic sea ice.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig standing on a beach near a body of water: Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig sits on a boat in the middle of the Arctic Ocean © Reuters/NATALIE THOMAS Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig sits on a boat in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

"I absolutely think that my generation has always had to think about climate change... which is why as we’ve got older there’s been this massive wave of just this need for change, this demand for change when we realised the grown-ups aren’t going to solve this so we have to do it ourselves."

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ABOARD ' ARCTIC SUNRISE' (Reuters) - Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate ", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.

Environmental activist Mya-Rose Craig, getting to the ice floe involved a two-week quarantine in Germany, followed by a three-week Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate ", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.

a man riding a snow board in the water: Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean © Reuters/NATALIE THOMAS Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

Craig, from southwest England, is known as "Birdgirl" online, where her blog chronicling her bird-watching experiences has attracted thousands of followers.

She has travelled hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle aboard a Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise.

Climate data shows the Arctic is one of the fastest changing ecosystems on the planet, with serious consequences for wildlife from polar bears and seals to plankton and algae, while the melting sea ice contributes to rising sea levels worldwide.

Warming in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar ocean this year to its second-lowest extent in four decades, scientists said on Monday.

For Craig, getting to the ice floe involved a two-week quarantine in Germany, followed by a three-week voyage to the edge of the sea ice.

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Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig, 18, holds a cardboard sign reading "youth strike for climate " as she sits on the ice floe in the Armed with a placard reading 'Youth Strike for Climate ", the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth

Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig, 18, holds a cardboard sign reading "youth strike for climate " as she sits on the ice floe in the Armed with a placard reading ‘Youth Strike for Climate ”, the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth

Craig said those who dismiss the youth protests as just a rebellious phase by her generation are wrong, and she wants those in power to stop treating climate change as a low-priority issue, raised only to appease "the lefties in the corner".

a person riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope: Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean © Reuters/NATALIE THOMAS Environmental activist and campaigner Mya-Rose Craig holds a cardboard sign reading “youth strike for climate” in the middle of the Arctic Ocean

"It’s everything now and it has to be treated like that," she said.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Gareth Jones; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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